The third essay in this set stands out from the rest. Had the panel who were grading the compositions understood the context of this essay in light of the six others in the set, they probably would have given it more credit. Its strength lies in its funny, lighthearted approach-it shows a completely different aspect of the candidateâs personality. Without it, he would have appeared deadpan serious and probably a bit dull. However, showing the wittier side of himself strengthens the set considerably. It is a good example of allowing yourself to take a risk in one essay, as long as more serious approaches in the others balance it.
An Oedipus essay does not need to cover the same topics that have been covered in the past. There are always new venues to tackle such as the setting, the flow of the story, even the characters themselves are topics that are full of life.
For many years, I have been interested in studying international relations. My interest in pursuing this field stems from several factors which have affected me. First, I have been exposed to international affairs throughout my life. With my father and two of my brothers in the Saudi Foreign Service, I have grown up under the shadow of inter-national affairs. Second, I am fascinated by history, economics, and diplomacy. I believe, through the study of international relations, I can effectively satisfy my curiosity in these fields. A third factor which has affected my interest in international relations is patriotism. Through the Foreign Service, I would not only have the opportunity to serve my country, but also have the chance to help bridge gaps between my country and others. Finally, as a Saudi living abroad, I have been bridging cultures throughout my life. This experience has taught me to look for differences to compromise and similarities to synthesize in order to balance different cultures. In short, I believe that my experiences in life, combined with a rigorous academic education, will enable me to pursue a successful career in the Saudi Foreign Service.
Many high school students have had to write an Oedipus essay or two. Some teachers require it as a major term paper, while others assign it to teach students how to write the different types of essays. Although it is just one topic in the end, there is so much that can be written about the story of Oedipus that even if thousands of students have written about it, there is always a new story to tell.
There are many who simply wish to define Oedipus as the classic type of tragic hero. Here, they would describe what it takes for a story to be a tragedy, and how one character becomes its hero. There are also those who wish to tackle the issues of fate and destiny and how this man Oedipus tried to escape them, only to make them come true by doing so. This theme of fate commonly occurs in Greek writing, along with the elements of a tragedy. Thus, this could be the topic of an Oedipus essay, with some students taking it a notch higher by aiming to compare it to other Greek writings of tragedy and destiny.
What immediately strikes the reader about this set-before even reading it-is the balance between the essays. Each answer contains only one paragraph, each of approximately equal length. The solid structure of each essay and the focus of each reflects this outward balance. Each one focuses on a completely different area of its writerâs life, another striking detail. The first focuses on his career goals, the second on his interest in history, the third on his interest in the visual arts, and the fourth on wrestling. This is a perfect example of the jigsaw puzzle approach. When put together, you have a well-rounded individual with passion, depth, and involvement in many different areas.