I'm applying to Mount Holyoke as an international student from Italy, and in my interview I stressed the fact that my high school strongly focuses on the Classics program (latin and ancient greek). I wanted this to show in my essay. Would this be okay?
word limit: 250-400 words
When I think of the phrase "never fear / change", a specific example comes to mind.
In Antigone, one of Sophocle's most acclaimed tragedies, the author tells the story of a young woman, Antigone, whose wish is to give proper burial to both her brothers, after they have killed each other in battle. Her task however, is hindered by Creon, king of Thebes, who orders that only the brother that fought for Thebes is to be buried with honors, while the other brother, militant for the enemy, is to be left to rot.
During the development of the story, Antigone fights for her right to fulfill her wish and family duty, but eventually, after Creon sentences her to live the rest of her life in a cave as a punishment for burying both her brothers as heroes, the young protagonist decides to take her own life, preferring death to the admittance of submission towards an unethical king.
In my opinion, Antigone is the perfect example of a woman who trascends the gender laws set forth by her society, who is determined to overcome any obstacle that impedes her from reaching her ethical goals, and who is a prototype of female empowerment in her own era. In other words, Antigone "never fears / change", but promulgates it, serving as a model for all the women in her community.
Keeping in mind the courage and heroism demonstrated by the young protagonist in a time when women were thought to be submissive and weak by fusis (by nature), I know that in my experience at Mount Holyoke I will strengthen the same principles that such an inspiring character lived by.
I will not be discouraged by the existence of social norms that impede the achievement of my goals. I will always remember the importance of voicing my opinions, and I'll never take the mutual support between strong, empowering women for granted.
I will embrace my inner strenght and intelligence, that are there by fusis, as they are in every woman.
Antigone embodies all the values that together, make up the the person that I want to become: a person that Mount Holyoke will surely help me be.
A woman who never fears / change.