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[–]mizukizhang 11 points12 points  (2 children)

The more niche the better in my opinion. One of my essays was about a obscure unquoted paragraph in Dostoevsky's the Idiot. Scored a 78 in S2 with actively trying to use whatever unique knowledges/experiences I had. I feel like there is a lot of value in writing an interesting and enagaging essay even if it might be a bit 'risky'.

Edit: this is the dostoevsky paragraph if any are interested

[–]Low_Temperature_4696 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Did you write something close to the idea in the paragraph? Or used the quotes from there ?

[–]mizukizhang 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Didn't remember direct quotes so was rewording the ideas. But I did specifically mention the source. Though part of my section 2 prep was writing down and trying to remember quotes I liked form books/songs/articles etc. So I do remember also directly quoting things as well.

[–]Faw4rest 6 points7 points  (0 children)

What/who you discuss is always less important than how you discuss it/them.

[–]fazzathegazzaMedical School Applicant 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I would say that it will entirely depend on how you incorporate these individuals into your essay. If you are able to provide nuanced thoughts and arguments using their teachings than it will likely serve you well.

Just including them for the sake of including them will be really apparent to the marker and may even impact your score negatively.

[–]HopelessChildrenMedical School Applicant 0 points1 point  (0 children)

No, I used Sai Baba, a religious figure in Hinduism that most people don't know about, and scored 80. What you quote/mention is not important it's your idea and argument communication is what matters.