Prompt: Write a brief essay on your academic and career goals, and what you hope to gain from our REU program. There are no length requirements, but typically essays are 200-500 words. The following is a draft, it's complete but I'd like some feedback on what I have now. Any criticism is welcome, anything I can take out or include? --------------------------------- My goal as an undergraduate is to receive a B.S. in Physics and a B.A. in Mathematics while exposing myself to a broad range of research. I have a deep passion for mathematics, whether in the guise of physics or only for the sake of discovering new math. This has encouraged me to also seek a pure math degree to satiate my obsession for math and to become more capable of creative thought necessary for scientific research. Aside from preforming well in coursework, I hope to participate in a variety of research before graduating, learn how to more effectively communicate ideas, and build a network with people in the scientific community. In addition to pursuing a career in scientific research, I am determined to help spread scientific knowledge to the public. Programs like Star Talk, a radio and television show that brings science to otherwise non-scientific ideas, have inspired me to take part in the effort to popularize science. Whether it be a small or large part of my career, I hope that I can inform others and help them uncover their natural curiosity for learning. I have excelled in normal coursework, however, it is increasingly apparent to me that a range of research experience is necessary to cultivate my academic ability. This being said, I believe the projects at [target program, omitted] would offer remarkable insight into areas of research, especially those that are mathematically intense, not available at a small school like [my school, omitted].