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Write your life story, making sure that you describe two or three interesting incidents
 
Contrary to what many people believe about lives that are written in autobiographies, my life story is not one full of adventure or fraught with bitterness and disaster. Instead, it is a common life - one that offers a few particularly memorable events in a timeline of ordinariness. Out of these events, there are two that are immeasurably pertinent to my development as a writer.

I had always been an apathetic student in school. School was nothing to me but a daily grind of boring lectures, mundane relationships and fruitless homework. I could never understand how knowing logarithms would enhance the quality of my life, or learning the workings of a weather station was going to make me a more scintillating person socially. In all, I felt that school life was merely a stage of interminable monotony that everyone had to go through to justify the existence of the Ministry of Education, administrative staff and teachers.

But this was to change with the entrance of Miss Kulip in my life. She practically bulldozed her way into my consciousness with her booming voice and intolerable sarcasm. I was merely an average achiever in my tests and examinations, which to her was nothing short of a cardinal sin. With each test paper that she returned to me, she taunted me loudly with comments like "Looks like your usual miserable marks" and "What a terrible waste of paper and ink." Everyone in school knew her to be an unhappy lady who found tremendous pleasure in pulverizing our self-esteem. Gradually, her jeering tone and snide remarks penetrated my lackadaisical attitude. I began to feel particularly irked by her very presence and resolved to show her that I was definitely worth more than the slug that she had compared me to once in her tirade. When I started doing better in tests, Miss Kulip showed even greater displeasure. Her remarks grew more derisive, even though I obviously deserved praise for having done better. Soon, I found that I was getting to her merely by doing well in my studies. It was sweet victory! After she had left the school, I realized that I actually enjoyed doing well in school. It was a revelation that spurred me on to greater heights of achievement in my examinations. I began to top the class consistently and made my family very proud. Now that my ego was boosted, I found school a delight!

The other noteworthy incident was the day the entire school was called into the hall for an assembly when I was in my final year. At the assembly, my school principal announced that a student had won the prestigious "Young Writer's Award", which was given annually to outstanding young writers. He said that the class teacher of this student had been impressed by the quality of wit and depth of his class assignments and had sent them in for the competition. He then called me up to receive the school's congratulations!

I was elated! I had never thought of myself as a good writer as I was only enjoying the outlet to express myself after my skirmishes with Miss Kulip. In fact, a lot of my compositions were hilariously biting essays on a fictitious Miss K. who was obviously modeled on her! I went up to the stage to shake the Principal's hand Amid thunderous applause. He looked at me with a straight face and then said, "May you find other sources of inspiration just as sidesplitting as the inimitable Miss Kulip!"

Imagine my surprise at the Principal's joke! But I recovered in no time, pleasantly warmed by the realization that even the usually laconic Principal had a sense of humor. That was the beginning of my interest in writing.

     
pertinent   important
     
apathetic   unconcerned
     
scintillating   brilliant
 
 

 

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