The struggle to quit smoking
Here is the required: Sure, there’s “beauty in the struggle,” but is there value in knowing when to quit? We are often told that we shouldn’t be quitters, that we must finish what we started. Sometimes this happens in childhood: we register for soccer, we realize we hate it, but our parents tell us that we can’t quit, that we must finish the season. As adults we may find ourselves in a rocky marriage, but many people still encourage us to avoid divorce. Maybe we have a relative who has an addiction and keeps relapsing, but you feel you must never give up and continue to help her. Write an essay in which you argue that sometimes knowing when to quit in order to avoid struggle is a good option. How do we learn that skill? How do we know when to apply it (when to quit, when to struggle)? This essay should be typed, 3-5 pages in length, double spaced with one inch margins. (Three pages means just that: if you turn in a paper with two full pages and two or three lines in the third page, you probably haven’t fully explored your topic.) You should include your name, course and section number (Eng 131.92), and date you finished it. In addition, you should include “Essay #1.” All this information can be in the top right or left corner of the first page of your essay. Please title your essay (“Essay #1” is not a title).