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Michigan essay your favourite book

gvranurag 1 / 1  
Dec 20, 2009   #1
Of the many books I have read none moved me as much as the "the seven habits of highly effective teens" by Stephen R. Covey. After my 10th standard I had to change schools because my school did not have 11th and 12th . At first everything went fine and soon I started topping my class but along with my grades my arrogance too grew. I felt that I could manage without working hard. I rarely studied and spent most of my time dilly dallying. On top of that I fell into bad company. As a result my grades started dropping and argued with my mother constantly and I rarely talked to my sister.

One fine day when the results were announced for an internal test I was ashamed of myself , my rank was almost at the bottom. It was then I started correcting myself. But it was not that easy and not a day passed without trying to find out what went wrong with me and trying to correct myself. It was at this time I read this book by Stephen R. Covey. This book was like a lighthouse which appears out of the darkness to guide a lost ship. The advise like think with the end in mind and "be proactive" were very helpful I started with baby steps like cutting down my TV time and submitting my assignments before the deadline. I started paying more attention to the teachers and started working diligently. Every time I reached a small goal I made a bigger one and started working towards it. . Eventually I started performing better and my grades started improving.

When it came to my relationships with my family and friends here too I started scoring better. In the case of my mother I wanted to make amendments and today I listen patiently and even help her out with her office especially. I started taking her criticism positively and tried to improve myself. Here the habits like Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood: Principles of Mutual Understanding were of immense help. When our sections got shuffled in our 12th grade I felt everybody was new and was afraid to interact with them. I knew that I had to interact with them to know more them but I did not know how and here too the book proved useful, the author said that showing them something interesting would help interact with new people. So as to make the conversation interesting I started using a few of Holmes tricks and surprising them. In fact there came a new girl into our class who was very shy and seeing that she did not make any friends I went up to her and said that she had a dog with short hair and she had lifted it up in her arms just before coming to class that day. At first she was surprised and then her surprise turned into a smile when I told her how I did it, I told her that there was lots of cream colored hair on her sweater and that was how I knew that she had a pet cream in colour and I guessed that it was dog. By the length of the hair I could tell the type of coat it had. Though I don't think I can anyway come closer to the genius of Holmes, my humble and simple techniques really did work.

While the book gives the same sound advice that his father gave adults, he gave it that teenage no-nonsense twist and "stuffed it full of cartoons, clever ideas, great quotes, and incredible stories about real teens from all over the world... along with a few other surprises."

On the whole I am greatly indebted to the author who acted like a compass to a mariner lost a sea. The baby steps and the simple advice were really helpful.

AbhijeetS 4 / 6  
Dec 20, 2009   #2
I think you need to tone down your criticism of your 'friends.' It makes you look sort of pretentious. Also you should probably concentrate more on why you liked that particular book so much.
batmankiller 6 / 40  
Dec 20, 2009   #3
The previous year had been very bad. I changed schools and for some reason I could not quite make myself comfortable. At first I was pretty comfortable

-choose another word besides comfortable. Repeating the same word juxtaposed like that shows you were just randomly typing the first words that comes to your mind and portrays laziness. (I do this too)

Your criticism is too personal imo. Some people who are competitive might consider it great that one is determined to be #1 at everything. Explain more on this if you want to convince the reader or what you thought was "shameful"

You change and jump too much, go from saying school was incomfortable, not having friends to procrastinating and doing not-so-great on exams. Yet, you never went to explain exactly how the book changed you. You take the pooring attempt: i read the book, and i was inspired to change, without any substance; it sound superficial.

I was persistent in my efforts and it started showing results but the biggest relief came when the senior year started and everybody got shuffled into different sections.

This sentence is pretty awkward, face the "it starting showing"
Katsch 4 / 63  
Dec 20, 2009   #4
I definitely agree, they way you characterize your friends makes you look bad also. Besides, if you say at the end that they didn't affect your choices, why talk about them at all? It's not like they were an obstacle to your learning, you chose to be friends with them.

The advice in this book is the same which every elder gives an adolescent but in this book it is done in such a way that touches the hearts of its readers.

This is overdoing it. Plus, you don't even tell us what was so great about this book, at least give examples. What did the book say?
OP gvranurag 1 / 1  
Dec 21, 2009   #5
i changed the entire thing and your criticism was entirely helpful
ldh8504 8 / 16  
Dec 21, 2009   #6
I think the pace is little bit fast, and you should reduce this telling, and increase the showing.

Maybe you can abstain from repeating "i didn't know what to do" too much.. and be sure to show more positive attitude.

Also, the first sentenc, "Of the many books I have read none moved me as much as the "the seven habits of highly effective teens" by Stephen R. Covey." is not very effective. If you put something more catchy, it will work fairly well. good luck!

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