« on: April 07, 2005, 06:41:02 AM »
OK, so I'm in the very early stages of brainstorming, but I'm addicted to these sites so I have to ask. What seems like the better PS
Idea 1. I worked in a road construction job for six months post graduation. Physically, it is the hardest of manual labor jobs (excepting perhaps migrant labor/commercial fishing) and I worked with mostly Portugese immigrants. They were actually the parents and relations of the kids I grew up with. The PS would tie in my childhood friends, the incredible work ethic of these people that had an enormous influence on me and most importantly, the change that took place a few months in when they realized I was going to law school and I would not become a life-long construction worker like them. I think this works on diversity levels and it feels real to me since this experience was one of the most powerful I've experienced.
Idea 2. I'm currently (year after construction) living in Paris, teaching English. The key to this PS would be that I worked in a 75% Muslim area called Saint-Denis in the Suburbs of Paris. I live in the Latin Quarter and commute out here (I'm actually writing this from the school). Not only is the area mostly Muslim and extremely anti-US, but it's he poorest and most dangerous area in France, something like the South Bronx without the guns. I could talk about becoming fluent in French, teaching the children of parents (many of whom dislike what they believe I stand for), living in the richest part of Paris and working in the poorest, becoming friends with severl Muslim teachers and hearing their side of the story (I'm not very political by nature, but my sympathies are left to be sure--I am also, however, very patriotic and I see no correlation between conservative values and patriotism and think that type of thinking is a brilliant republican media spin). This PS is even less put together, but those are the basic ideas I would play with.
Any advice would be awesome, thanks in advance--both experiences mean a great deal to me, so it is simply a matter of choosing the better one for the purposes of a PS.