|By Monroe10950 (Monroe10950) on Sunday, October 19, 2003 - 11:48 am: Edit|
Hi im doing the Michigan essay, Describe a setback, failure, or problem you have faced. How did you overcome it? etc.
I wanted to write about how i broke my leg and i had to stop playing tennis (i was ranked in USTA) .
My english teacher says that that is very trivial and i should find another topic. However not eeryone has some major crisis...but in away this was my own personal tragedy...what do u thibk?
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|By Thecritic22 (Thecritic22) on Sunday, October 19, 2003 - 11:53 am: Edit|
Well, I'm writing about falling on my rear during auditions for a musical. If it was really critical to YOU, then you should write about it. As long as you can stress how important it is, it's not trivial
|By Ariesathena (Ariesathena) on Sunday, October 19, 2003 - 11:57 pm: Edit|
Email me the essay (address in profile) and I'll give you an opinion. It could be good or trite... but personally, I would think that athletic injuries would be quite a setback. (Then again, I fractured both ankles and my femur in high school while running... almost had to stop... not a good scene.)
|By Boxmaker1917 (Boxmaker1917) on Monday, October 20, 2003 - 12:11 am: Edit|
Perhaps your English teacher wants your essay to focus on something that changed your life in a positive way. If all you have to say is that your injury screwed up your life as an athlete, it may not be a good topic. Because of your injury and losing your USTA ranking, did you discover something about yourself? Find a different sport you love even more but never would have tried? Became a tennis coach and see your knowledge and skills being transferred to others so that the USTA has many more hopefuls than it otherwise would have? You get the picture -- discuss with your teacher how you made lemonade out of the lemons and see if s/he still thinks it is a trivial topic.
|By Trojan1444 (Trojan1444) on Monday, October 20, 2003 - 12:14 am: Edit|
I think it's a good choice. Tennis was obviously very important to you, and probably your most important activity.
I hate topics like that because, as you say, not everyone has some major crisis. And if someone does, they can write a really emotional essay and get in on sympathy points.
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