“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
I will build.
I built a car when I was six. A cardboard box drenched in watercolor and red crayon, with lids cut off to make four wheels, and a pizza tray bolted on for steering — it looked like something Fred Flintstone would drive. After hours of toil in my laboratory — the bedroom — it was ready for its maiden test drive. As Igot in, the car gave way to my weight and collapsed.
Later in my engineering classes I learned that I had executed a "catastrophic failure," but I had already learned the bigger lesson that day — I want to build.
I will build, for what I build takes on a life of its own and can have meaning and purpose beyond the time I live.
I will build to express my raw self, to surface the discord between my emotion and reason...to be in perpetual self transcendence.
I will build on my heritage, add to the family scrapbook...to share my present with the future.
I will build to unravel the unknowns, to tame them with my design...to be able to risk it all and materialize fantasy.
I will build to win, not to define myself but to further ourselves...to unleash our infinite ability.
I will build for people, to change their routine, to solve their problems... to inspire them to build.
I will build, for I am capable and have been given the opportunity to do so.
And I want to build that cardboard car again...but this time in green.
— Aditya Dhanrajani
Each year we ask our classmates a straightforward, simple question taken from the lines of a poem by Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Mary Oliver.
We share with you intimate and candid responses to this question, "Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?"
Concept and photography:
Tony Deifell, MBA '02
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