Thanh Nguyen

ESSAY 10: MAKING IMPORTANT DECISIONS

Posted on: April 4, 2009

Q:Some people say that a person should make important decisions alone. Others believe that it is always better to ask others for advice. Which opinion do you agree with? Use specific reasons and example to support your answer.

A: Nowadays, many people never make important decisions without asking for advice of other friends. This is definitely not my style. Personally, I prefer making important decisions all by myself for two main reasons. The first reason is that I always want to do the right things. I can to decide a right thing to do without my friend’s advice because some decisions are good for them, but aren’t good for me, so I need to base my decisions on acting morally. Recently, some of my friends went to a movie after school, and they asked me to join them. I really wanted to go with them, but I knew that I had to study for the final exam in next week so I went home instead of seeing movie. If I asked for my friend’s advice   then I would go to the movie instead. I knew that studying at home is a right thing to do, so I did it. Nobody else had to tell me how to act. The second reason is that asking my friends for advice sometime lead to different opinion. When we ask two people for advice, he or she can give two opposite opinion, and sometime you don’t know which one you should choose. These opposite decisions can make it harder to reach a best one. I had a situation just like this before. I asked two of my best friends that I should apply for Physics class, Math class or English class. One of them chose Physics, and the other chose Math. Both of them supported their answer with good reasons and asked me to choose which one is better. It was very hard to choose between their recommendations, so I decided to apply for the English class. Since then, I think that I shouldn’t ask for advices from other friends and just choose what I feel is right. I truly believe that people should make decisions by themselves. They don’t need to ask others for advices as long as their decisions are moral. Also, they will get too many different opinions by asking others. I make all my important decisions alone, and I think it’s much better than the other ways.

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Dear TN,  your essay is a very impressive and  strong one. I would grade  8/10. I just change around some word and delete some sentences to avoid redundant.  Keep up with your writing.

Nowadays, many people never make important decisions without asking their friends for advice. This is definitely not my style. I prefer to make important decisions myself for two reasons.

The first reason is that I always want to do the right thing. I am able to decide a thing to do without asking my friend’s advice because some decisions are good for them, but aren’t good for me. So I need to base my decisions on acting morally. For example, recently some of my friends went to a movie after school, and they asked me to join them. I really wanted to go with them, but I knew that I had to study for the final exam in the following week.  So I went home to study instead.

Second, asking friends for advice may lead to different opinions. I once  got involved into a situation like this before.  One day, I asked two of my best friends that what class – physics, math, or English-  I should apply to. One told me physics, the other told me math. Both of them supported their answer with good reasons.   It was very hard for me to pick one of the two, so I decided myself to apply for the English class. Since then, I haven’t asked my friends for advice. I just choose what I feel right.

I truly believe that people should make decisions by themselves. They don’t need to ask others for advices as long as their decisions are moral. I make all my important decisions alone, and I think it’s much better than the other way.

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