take the fun out of their insults, give myself time to get out of the unwanted situation and also gain perseverance at the same time. Ino’s Magic Veil Describe the biggest favor anyone has ever done for you Evan as Odysseus was once aided by Ino’s magic veil, I too was once given a great favor in the form of failure. In the seventh grade, I signed up for a full-year engineering class, which I had taken the year before. The first semester went well since
everything was exactly like it had been like in the previous year. Yet, in the second semester, I started to realize the introduction of new requirements at a faster pace. For a while, I was very skilled at adapting to these new requirements, until one mandatory project which I could never get right, despite my constant efforts to revise the project. I even remember asking one of my classmates about it but when I was done talking with him I turned around and remember a classmate saying “why can’t she just get it already?”. When the deadline to turn in the last revisions arrived and I still had no idea what was going on - I felt insane. In the end, I got 0 out of 100 points on that project which lowered my grade from an A+ to a C- which I could never recover from since that was the last project of the year. I felt defeated and angry since I had gotten all A’s throughout middle school, and would continue to do so, except in that one class. In the end, that failure was the greatest favor anyone had ever given me because it took the pressure off of my shoulders to be perfect and gave me the humility to address my mistakes. Scheria: Land of the Phaeacians Describe a moment in your life where you felt completely vulnerable Just like how Odysseus felt completely vulnerable when he landed in Scheria: Land of the Phaeacians, I too have felt vulnerable. I have felt most vulnerable and alone when I finally came to the realization that my parents are only getting older with time, meaning that at some point they will die and I will be alone. This thought came to me after a distant family member of mine died just three weeks ago. This loving family member had been struggling with cancer and also diabetes, which only compounded the severity of the cancer, for a long time. We knew that death was coming but it still felt sudden, especially when only a day ago we had been planning for my sister’s birthday. We were singing “Happy birthday to you! And many more!” one day and then mourning a family member's death the next. Moments like these are when I feel most vulnerable because I’m reminded of how death has no mercy on humans. Return to Ithaca Describe a time when you felt uncertain or out of place in your own home Just as Odysseus felt uncertain when he returned to Ithaca, I too have felt out of place in my own home, or more specifically, my own culture. Being half Russian, Russian acts as my “heritage culture”, and while I sometimes enjoy my bicultural identity, I sometimes feel stuck between two opposing worlds. I remember I attended a
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- Fall '19
- Educational years, Seventh grade