TheDad: help with dangerous essay topic...

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By Briteeyez4322 (Briteeyez4322) on Saturday, November 15, 2003 - 04:30 pm: Edit

the topic for middlebury's supplemental essay is "describe an experience in which your values were tested. how have you grown from this experience?". i have an essay but i'm afraid the adcom's won't like it. it's about the pressure towards academic dishonesty at my school (and i would imagine most schools) and cites an incident of plagiarism... would an essay like this make me look bad? i don't know what else to write about... anyone have some "safe" ideas for topics?

By Northstarmom (Northstarmom) on Saturday, November 15, 2003 - 04:44 pm: Edit

The essay would only make you look bad if you plagiarized or helped or condoned others doing so.

By Thedad (Thedad) on Saturday, November 15, 2003 - 10:14 pm: Edit

Well...hmmm. I don't think it's cut and dried but it depends on how you handle it. Helping or condoning plagiarism is obviously not good. But I think there are pitfalls, such as coming across as a sanctimonious goody-two-shoes or just handling the topic in a shallow pat manner. It *could* be a really good essay...but there are dangers.

To crib a line from Marie Antoinette, execution is everything.

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