Nice start–although it definitely feels like this is just starting. That said, there are several interesting moments in here that I’d love to see you develop. I’ve highlighted them on the draft uploaded above /\/\/\/\ (please download to view my comments).
In particular, there is this moment that I think you could frame out a whole essay around, in which you raise the question of what learning is. That is, in the middle of Calculus class, you wonder whether simply “mimicking” what the teacher is doing on the board is really teaching you anything or helping you to learn math.
I’d center the essay around this moment and other similar moments in your college education, in which you show the reader—through DETAILS DETAILS DETAILS—how you came to wonder in the classroom (in math, computer science, etc.) about whether (and what) you were learning.
Think of this as a chance to get the reader to ask a question about what education is—is it really just memorizing and mimicking? Or does it involve something else?