Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below. Some people believe that there is only one foolproof plan, perfect solution, or correct interpretation. But nothing is ever that simple. For better or worse, for every so-called final answer there is another way or seeing things. There is always a “however”. Assignment: Is there always another explanation or another point of view? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, studies, experiences, or observations.
Thesis: An attribute can be either a vice or virtue, depending on a person’s point of view. Point 1 – I had always believed that perfectionism was a virtue: it was a motivator to achieve high goals, which I had done. Point 2 – Later, I discovered that others, including a teacher, perceive my perfectionism to be a vice, resulting in fatigue, stress and illness. Conclusion – There is always a “however”. I realized that perfectionism is neither good nor bad.
I admit with pride that i am a perfectionist. I see it as the force which motivates me to achieve high goals. I owe my good grades, my success as a dancer as well as my organized room to my drive to be perfect. However, others view my perfectionism as a flow. Others see me crying over the "B+" I received on my math test and blame my "emotional instability", as they call it, on my perfectionism. Whether one considers it as a vice or a virtue depends on his or her point of view. May is AP test season and for me that means severely high levels of stress. I could be spotted walking down the halls of the school with my Barron's AP World History book under my right arm and a highlighter in my pocket. It was imperative that I study hard enough to receive a grade of "5" on the test. All my stressing and constant studying gave me dark circles under my eyes and a head cold. One day, shortly...
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