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INSTRUCTIONS: You have 90 minutes to compose an original, well-developed expository essay. Expository writing explains, proves, or explores a topic in a balanced way, allowing the argument and the evidence given to be the deciding factor in the paper.  Descriptive or narrative passages may be used to illustrate or reinforce an idea or point that is being explained, but must be clearly subordinate or incidental to the exposition,  All writing should pertain and develop the prompt. A title is required and essays submitted without a title will be disqualified.

Topic #1

“Winning does not always equal success. All across America and around the world, we have a crisis in the win‐at‐all‐cost cultures that we have created. In our schools, in our businesses, in politics, winning at all cost has become acceptable. As a society, we honor the people at the top of the pyramid. We effusively applaud those people who win championships and elections and awards. But sadly, quite often, those same people are leaving their institutions as damaged human beings … We have become so hyperfocused on that end result, and when the end result is a win, the human component of how we got there often gets swept under the proverbial rug, and so does the damage … We need to redefine success. Real success is developing champions in life for our world, win or lose. “

Valorie Kondos Field, “Why winning doesn’t always equal success,”
speech from TEDWomen 2019

Topic #2

“Time isn’t precious at all, because it is an illusion. What you perceive as precious is not time but the one point that is out of time: the Now. That is precious indeed. The more you are focused on time — past and future — the more you miss the Now, the most precious thing there is. Why is it the most precious thing? Firstly, because it is the only thing. It’s all there is. The eternal present is the space within which your whole life unfolds, the one factor that remains constant. Life is now.”


Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment, 1997