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Short 1000 Characters; Olympic Games: Worth the Cost? Wake Forest Supp


katev 18 / 120 24  
Jan 1, 2013   #1
Make a rational argument for a position you do not personally support. For clarity, please state your true opinion first and then argue the opposite position. Consider an issue that has affected you personally. 1000 characters

After enrolling in a summer course where I studied the effects of the Olympics, I believe that the Olympic Games are worth the political, environmental, and financial cost.

The Olympic Games not only cost billions of dollars to put on, but they also harm the environment, provide an often abused political platform, and create a competitive sense of nationalism and tension. The grand buildings that must be built to host large quantities of spectators cost billions of dollars for the host country and its citizens. Post-Games, these grand buildings built for hundreds of thousands of people are now inefficient but must be maintained by the host city. The amount of reconstruction and demolition done to prepare for the two-week long event also causes great harm to the environment. Additionally, countries have used the Games as a political platform hundreds of times. Boycotts, gestures made by officials and athletes, and simply not inviting a certain country all create great political tension.

I'm at 1000 characters on the nose. I'd like to have a better conclusion, but I need to compress other things first.

br2pi5 10 / 70  
Jan 1, 2013   #2
hey! when we upload the essay on the commonapp website, do we have to write our name, date of birth or something like that at the top of the page, then the topic you chose and the title?? i have no idea...
OP katev 18 / 120 24  
Jan 1, 2013   #3
What essay? These are all short answers that Wake provides a box for
elina855 3 / 6  
Jan 1, 2013   #4
Wait, I don't get it, are you saying Olympics are worth it, or aren't worth it? I think you should add a "However" add the beginning of your second paragraph, for more logical flow. Or maybe I'm just not used to this type of question.
br2pi5 10 / 70  
Jan 1, 2013   #5
What essay? These are all short answers that Wake provides a box for

sorry, i meant the main essay, do you know?
OP katev 18 / 120 24  
Jan 1, 2013   #6
Oh, I wasn't sure since you posted on my Wake Forest forum...
You don't put anything on the main common app essay, it does it automatically. Just look at the Print Preview option

elina855; That's the whole point of the question. You state your opinion and then argue for a stance that you don't believe in. I believe in the Olympics and have written a whole paper arguing for their continuation. However, the prompt asks that I "state your true opinion first and then argue the opposite position"
Birdiee 6 / 35 1  
Jan 1, 2013   #7
...so do you support or not support them? You say you do, then bash the olympics...
br2pi5 10 / 70  
Jan 1, 2013   #8
You don't put anything on the main common app essay, it does it automatically. Just look at the Print Preview option

thanks katev! this is probably a really stupid question but do you underline the title or put it between quote marks? I don't want to risk them thinking that the title is part of the essay...

ALSO. if I choose topic of your choice, do I have to write my own essay question?
OP katev 18 / 120 24  
Jan 1, 2013   #9
Birdiee; that is the point of this prompt! I think it's ridiculous as well, but I am supposed to provide a rational argument for a stance that I do not support. Like the prompt asked, I stated my belief first then argued for anti-Olympics.

do you underline the title or put it between quote marks? I don't want to risk them thinking that the title is part of the essay...
ALSO. if I choose topic of your choice, do I have to write my own essay question?

I didn't title mine, but you should just center your title and put it on a separate line followed by your essay.
You do not have to write your own question, just talk about whatever you want

Can you actually read my essay now?


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