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  • Western vs. Eastern- The topic I want to do for the I-search essay is about education systems, there are a few candidates I have in mind. First one is a debate on whether cram schools really help students succeed academically. Since I grew up in the environment that almost everyone goes to cram schools, the question “Is cram […]
  • Blog #5 I-Search Topics- There were many topics that I was interested in as a kid from how to become the president to how does time work. As a kid, I wrote them on in a journal so that one day in the future, I could do research about it. I think for this I-search essay, I want to […]
  • I-Search Brainstorming- For the upcoming I-Search Essay, I thought about the topics I wish to explore and learn about. Among many research ideas, ones I found most interesting are sleep, vape and hybrid cars. Sleep we all know is a crucial pattern of lifestyle and that we can’t live with sleeping. Yet, what can lack of sleep […]
  • I-Search: For a Topic- Although still not set on one definitive topic as of today, in regards to the upcoming I-Search paper I have a list of proposed topics primarily influenced by my interests forming in my medical sociology course as well as recent experiences in my life. One topic I’m interested in is in regards to research into […]
  • What I Plan to Search for-   For my I-search paper, I have tentatively decided on three topics. While I thought long and hard on what they should be, I am still unsure on whether they will stay the way the are or transform into something different altogether. For my first research topic I decided to look to myself and my […]
  • Writing ideas- My first idea for the paper is to write about math education. This would include researching on how it should be done. I want to focus on middle and high school education. I want to know what topics should be taught and when they should be taught. In my experience student tend to meet the […]
  • My summer time- For the I-research paper, I want to write something relates to my personal narrative paper. In my personal narrative, I talked about my experience of immigrating from China to America, and how that was a struggle for me. There are thousands of people immigrating into the United State each year, and many of them are […]
  • What Should I Write About?- Italian culture has always fascinated me and I think it could be un to write about. I would want to focus on the family aspect of Italian culture and how Italian families always stick together. I had recently saw a documentary on how a town in Pennsylvania had a high populations of Italians and almost […]
  • My Difficult Search of My I-Search- To be honest, I was and still am having quite a difficult time deciding what I would like to do for my I-Search essay. Every topic that pops into my head has its own pros and cons but overall I believe I have somewhat boiled down my ideas into 3 topic to choose from. Of […]
  • Clever Pun Using “I-Search”- When I first got the topic for the I-search essay, I was a little upset. I thought it was going to be a boring research paper, where everything is formulaic and generally annoying. Upon further examination, the prompt said that the essay should be about your search for a research topic and what you learned […]
  • search for my research topics- Based on the last essay that I wrote, I talked a lot about why Americans are so monolingual and unwilling to change. This has always been an issue I discussed with my parents all the time but, I really never did any of my own research about and I’d love to expand of that work […]
  • The Issues Right Here- Much like the literacy narrative, I struggled to come up with ideas for the I-search essay. There are not many stories of my life that I enjoy telling, and it felt frightening for me to research an issue that would ultimately conclude in the raising of intensely personal questions. Brainstorming ideas is always the most […]
  • considerations- As we progress towards our next major assignment – the I-Search research essay – I am beginning to consider just what topics I may want to explore in this process. In general, I would like to explore a topic related to education and a factor that may or may not have a major impact on […]
  • from mess to masterpiece- This week, in lieu of an upcoming assignment, I read through the works “Shitty First Draft” by Anne Lamott and “The Maker’s Eye” by Donald Murray. In their writing, these authors explain the process of drafting and invention, and the delicate ways in which a piece of writing is developed. Overall, central to both authors’ […]
  • Topic Trifecta- The I-Search paper seems like a good way to make a research paper bearable, something I’m rather excited about. I’ve never quite had a research based document with an informal nature like this. I have three topics that I am debating on writing about. The first is in regards to the expansion of artificial intelligence […]
  • I-Searching for an Answer- Initially, while reading over the syllabus, I had virtually no idea what I was going to write about. I was certainly inspired by the last blog post’s reading and podcast, but I wasn’t sure the direction I planned to take for this next essay. However, one of the more interesting ‘arguments’ that is always in […]
  • Learning about Learning- When I was younger, I would go into work with my dad, he worked as a physical therapist in two school districts in the county over, and I would help him out throughout the day. As a small kid that just meant I would play the games with my dad’s kids. As I grew older, […]
  • I-search for an essay topic-       I was quite excited to receive the I-search paper, as it’s a different approach to research papers that I have written in the past. I had a few topics in mind related to literacy and education but narrowed it down to three.        The first topic that peaked my interest […]
  • Essay Topic Ideas- One of my possible essay topic ideas is to write about whether or not students should wear uniforms. There is much debate on the topic. Some people say it blocks creativity and self expression. While others say it helps create structure for children and helps behavior in schools. I would talk about both sides by […]
  • I-Search for Something- Possible research topics are lucid dreaming, marijuana, and vandalism. I want to learn if it is possible to and how to communicate through dreams. Intentional communication seems to require awareness and readiness during the dreams-thus, the topic of focus will be lucid dreaming.  For marijuana, I want to learn how it affects teenagers and young […]
  • Essay Topics- The first topic that I would like to discuss is what is consider basic education for children in different countries. I have been quite interested in how children were educated and do it have an impact on how they think after they grew up? For example, for Asia countries, teachers were more considered to be […]
  • Blog #5: Interesting I-Search Essay Topics- While searching for topics for my I-Search Essay, I wanted to choose a topic I knew a decent amount of information about but that I still had unanswered questions about. The topics that first came to mind include mass shootings in the United States, how sports unite people around the globe, and why people are […]
  • I Search for a Better Future- When given this essay, I felt pretty happy. Everybody always has their own issues and concerns about education, and this is a time to allow them to validate those claims. Being one of those people myself, I found it perplexing to narrow it down to the three most important topics that pertain to me or […]
  • Pressures- In “College Pressure” by Zinsser, he mentioned that college student at that time have to face with different pressures. The college student in the 70s had to face with economic, peer and parental pressures.  I think these pressures still exist in this modern world. As an international student, I have to pay more tuitions than […]
  • As I-Search for Meaning- I have never written an I-Search Essay before. So here I stood, for quite some time, tabula rasa, the empty slate. But that slate could not remain empty forever; the writing process must begin! I came up with two big ideas to potentially explore in the essay, two topics that I would like to read more […]
  • I-Search Essay Topics- Ever since I learned of the concept of death in second-grade science class, I have always had a fascination for the science behind aging. Why do people age? What makes people age? Why do people have to ultimately die of old age? These questions have always plagued the back of my mind and given the chance, […]
  • A New Academic Journey- I’m excited to start the I-search paper. It is pretty different from all of the other research papers that I have done in my academic career. I have more than 3 topics that I thought of, but there are 3 topics that stand out the most for me. The first one is the hardships of LGBT […]
  • I(‘m)-search(ing) for…- Starting college has made me think about what I want to do with my future more than I ever did before. I worry about whether I’ll be a good fit for the career path I eventually choose to take, and whether what I’m studying is truly what I’m passionate about. I know what I like […]
  • Possible I-Search Essay Topics- When I was first given the I-Search Essay assignment, I had no idea what topic I wanted to write in on. It was difficult trying to brainstorm ideas because all of the topics I came up with were not suitable for the assignment. I either knew too much about a topic that I would not […]
  • I-Search Essay Topics- The three potential topics that I would want to explore while writing the I-Search Research Essay are standardized testing, women’s physique in athletics and women pursuing surgery. If I choose to write about standardized testing, some things that I will like to learn about are how it has affected students and if it has actually […]
  • MythBuster- I never really agree that success in school equals to success in life, nor do I agree that grades can define a person. In “Back to School,” they talked about how we measure one’s ability base on the result of tests. The tests we have at school examine our “cognitive abilities” according to them, while […]
  • I-Search Essay Topics-           For my upcoming I Search essay, I would be interested in researching how a core and open curriculum impact college students. At Stony Brook, we have to fulfill certain general education requirements (SBCs) such as technology, language, arts, etc., but what if we didn’t have to meet these requirements? I’ve […]
  • Possible I-Search Topics (Blog Post #5)- The following are three potential topics and what I want to learn about each:     How much can teachers really improve the grades of students? I would like to know if the grades of students correlates to the number of students in the classroom? If this is so and these numbers are controlled by […]
  • Educated and Afraid- In some families heart disease is more prevalent than others. For other families, it’s other genetic disorders like epilepsy or Tay Sachs, but for my family, anxiety is a plague that runs rampant throughout almost every branch. Oddly, anxiety comes in different forms for different members of my family. For my grandmother, it’s agoraphobia, or […]
  • I search essay topics- Esports vs Sports: Which leaves students better prepared? For this topic I want to learn the benefits that each gives to a student. Such as what skills do they hone in on, what it does to their body and etc. Obviously sports make you more fit and esports quicken your reaction time but what do […]
  • I-Search Essay Topics- For my I-Search topics, there’s quite a lot of topics I would love to explore. One topic is the purpose of dreams and what purpose they serve. As a lucid dreamer, I have very intense and detail oriented dreams. I like to keep records of my dreams and they all have strong sensory details. I can […]
  • Fight Or Flight – Pressures in School- When faced with the dangers, our ancestors mobilized their bodies to respond to the stress of their environments. They could either fight or flee from their situation. Luckily in today’s society, we don’t have to worry about a bear ambushing us from the shadows of the forest or a stampede of gazelles running us over. […]
  • What Is Literacy?- The concrete definition of literacy is the ability to read and write but this definition has taken a turn over the years. To me, literacy is a gateway to understanding the vast world around them. It goes beyond the meaning of reading and writing and empowers individuals to expand their knowledge and opportunities by thinking. […]
  • WOLFIE BLOG POST #5 I SEARCH TOPICS- The first topic that I want to learn about would be the importance of a humanities education in a student’s life and why funding for it shouldn’t be lessened. The reason why I want to research about this is because this topic is known to be quite controversial because due to the ever rising popularity […]
  • Blog#5 I-Search Topic- There are currently only two possible I search topics, I am interested in. First one is about technology. It is true that society is improving as the technology is improving . However, if people keep relying on technology to do simplest task, humanity has a dark future. Each individual is losing the ability to do […]
  • Blog#4 Pressure from all sides- In the radio show, “Back to School”, the host invited people with different occupation such an economist and psychiatrist to discuss the idea of non-cognitive skills. They first started to talk about GED. The economist mentioned that  an average GED course is about 32 hours and a regular high school course about 1000 hours. He […]
  • I still SEARCH for research topics- If I’m being 100 percent honest, I have not thought too deeply into my possible I-SEARCH topic. It just has not been a priority. However, now as I’m writing this blog post, I’m forcing myself to think into way further. There are quite a few things I would want to learn more about, but I […]
  • I-search ideas-      Three potential topics I’m interested in for the I-search essay is the impact that media has on education and schooling, and whether it has any effects on students grades. A lot of teachers have begun adapting technology into their lessons and curriculum, successfully finding a medium in which to better connect with students […]
  • The Pressure about Pressure- I found Zinsser’s writing on college pressures to be spot on. I could personally relate or know of someone who could personally relate to each point he had to make. The pressure about having pressure is explained well when Zinsser says, “A professor will assign five-page papers. Several students will start writing ten-page papers to […]
  • I-search Essay Ideas- There are several topics I’m considering exploring for the I-search paper, and these ideas might just be a start. I want to make sure that whatever I write about is something that pertains to me, but I want it to be specific enough that there are unanswered questions I have about it. First, based loosely […]
  • Researching Athletics- Being a student athlete may seem like a normal thing to some people but it is in fact not. The time and dedication needed to be one is immense and should be greatly appreciated. Only being a freshman, I wonder many things about student athletes that are in college. One question I would care to […]
  • Research Ideas- For this essay I want to focus on topics that I have questioned in my life. Somethings that I need a deeper insight on. Things that can help me get peace of mind and help me become more knowledgeable. One topic I would like to research is germs. I don’t like them. I might have […]
  • Under Pressure- First off lemme start by saying that podcast felt wayyyyy longer about an hour. I don’t know if it is just me but I felt like that thing was playing for eternity. Now, onto the good stuff, one of the things that struck me the most in the “back to School” podcast was when the […]
  • I-search essay ideas- These are some potential topics that I have come up with for my I-search essay. In some way, all of them have a slight impact on my life. The influence on Piano on a child’s life and brain development is one that will relate directly to me. I grew up playing the piano and it […]
  • Stress in schools- In “Back to school” podcast, they talked about the education issues nowadays. They talked about cognitive skills that are very important in education, and that test like GED couldn’t prove that they learn cognitive skills. I totally agree with that. I knew what GED was when I came to the states three years ago, and […]
  • College vs trades, language barriers in the U.S., and changing mandatory classes- The three potential topics I thought of were the benefits of trade school instead of college, language barriers in schools in the U.S., and potentially changing the classes required throughout a child’s school career.  I believe many classes students are required to take from middle school to high school are very unnecessary and a waste […]
  • Reasons Why I Write- “I write to remember. I write to forget.” In her essay, “Why I Write,” Terry Tempest Williams lists many reasons for why she writes. Out of all the reasons listed, these two reasons are the ones that stood out to me the most. It seems paradoxical at first, but upon further examination, I can see […]
  • Motivation for Writing: Why I Write- Recently, I read three essays regarding the motivation an author has for writing. All of them were named “Why I Write”, but had 3 different authors: George Orwell, Terry Tempest Williams, and Joan Didion.   I liked Orwell’s “Why I Write” piece the best out of the three essays. The structure of the essay follows […]
  • Impacts, Thoughts and Questions (blog #5)- This semester, I’m taking a lot of different courses to fill my SBS and SBC requirements for my major, therefore being presented with many theories and ideas that make me want to ask question. About a year ago, I wrote a research paper arguing the use for religion, and that has been a question that’s […]
  • Blog1Lou-          In the last few days, I read three essays of “ Why I Write” by three different authors, Terry Tempest William, Joan Didion, and Geroge Orwell. I enjoyed reading “Why I Write” by Terry Tempest Williams the most. Throughout the essay, the author uses rhetorical devices such as imagery, repetition, and […]
  • School is Harder Nowadays- It is easy for a lot of people who have finished their education to toss out the statement that the current generation have it too easy. I think this is completely incorrect. There is an indescribable pressure that is placed on current students to try and be the best or get the highest paying job. […]
  • School- One the idea that stuck me the most is how much effect a parent’s attention can have on a child. This is also with the idea that stress over long periods of time can affect a child’s learning capabilities. These things according to the podcast have huge impacts on the success of the child latter […]
  • Why I Write-   Blog 1 Ryan Tam Everyone has their unique writing style that defines who they are through their use of specific details to convey their meaning.  In the “Why I Write” essays, each author portrays the motivation as to why writing has been an indelible aspect of their life. The authors also highlight the many […]
  • School: What is it good for?- If people like William Zinsser could look into the daily lives of college students in 2019, they would be shocked to see how the academic stressors they observed in the 1970s have unfolded — and this probably isn’t even their final form. Zinsser had published a piece titled “College Pressures” in 1979, bringing light to […]
  • The Student and Stress-   As a young person I was criticized for what people called “going with the flow”. My own sister would scold me for being too relaxed and, as she perceived it, having no ambition. To compensate, I starting working harder, suddenly feeling what everyone else felt- stress. Its something all college kids go through, as […]
  • the scholarly struggle- This past week, I read William Zinsser’s “College Pressures”, and listened to Ira Glass’ podcast “Back to School”. These works proved very insightful into the struggles that students face daily, and the ways in which these affect the students in the long run. One very important subject that both works address is the idea of […]
  • Give me liberty, or give me death!- In complete honesty, my takeaway from this weeks reading assignments was feelings of mournfulness. Something I’ve begun to realize in my academic journey is the death in the spirit of students. In recent years it seems that the focus of academics has strayed away from enriching our minds but rather into producing the designated “perfect” […]
  • College: A Time for What?-           While reading William Zinsser’s “College Pressures”, I was surprised, but not really when I related to almost every sentence he wrote. Many say that college is a time for exploration, but to me, college is a time for preparation. The transition from high school to college was too abrupt, and […]
  • The Stresses of Students- People think there is a correct way to teach and book smarts is all you need to get ahead in today’s society. However, I believe there is more to it than that. There are definitely people skills and responsibility that help us move forward.  A podcast called “Back to School” hosted by Ira Glass, explains […]
  • Pay me now or Pay me Later- There is a lot of debate on how standardized tests are affecting students, and the effects that it will have on them as these Common Core kids become adults integrated into society. One thing is for certain: test scores alone cannot tell you about the overall cognitive ability of a child. This is pointed out […]
  • Patterns in the Ivy- When William Zinsser wrote an article entitled “College Pressures”, the year was 1979. Yet, judging from the content of his writing, it would not be unreasonable to assume that it could have been writing within the last five minutes. As the college process has only gotten more competitive and taxing, Zinsser offers insight as to […]
  • Since When Was School a Competition?- Whenever I go home, my parents always ask me about how my classes are going and if I’m eating well. I would tell them about how I’m balancing school work with my social life perfectly and going to the gym. My mom would respond by saying, “Good Job” and the conversation would usually end there. […]
  • Zinsser blog post 4 Fisher- My first reading of Zinsser’s paper I felt like it really had a lot of similarities to things going on my own life. It is very easy to lose sight of the reason we are in school, to learn, not to get good grades. Based on our desires to become educated, we can lose sight […]
  • The Problems with School- The education system is something that is deemed important by everyone, but many think that it is far from perfect. The people who think that are right. The education system, especially in America, is extremely flawed in more ways than one. The article “College Pressures” by William Zinsser illustrates one of the major problems with […]
  • Training or Teaching?-         Both “College Pressures” by Zinsser and the podcast, “Back to School” discuss the current problems and flaws in the American education system. Zinsser’s argument mainly focuses on the pressures: economic, parental, peer and self-induced that many college students across the country are facing. He emphasizes how the pressure affect students well-being, […]
  • Numbers Don’t Lie… Or do they?- The podcast “Back to School” by This American Life provided a lot of insight on the school system as a whole. Though through this, we are able to determine the intelligence of a person and better help them in being successful in life, it doesn’t account for natural disadvantages, such as cultural background. The environment […]
  • People not Percentages (Blog Post #4)-           Very few students and teachers that I have met have expressed satisfaction with the education system currently in place. The instructors are overworked and underpaid, while the students are crammed full with knowledge they are usually uninterested in and will soon eagerly forget. My mom is an elementary school science […]
  • What It’s Like to Be a Student- The education system has shifted greatly over the past decade. Nowadays, it is no longer “acceptable” to get C’s.  Students are now faced with more pressure than ever before. The pressure and stress comes from all places including parents, grades and extracurricular activities.  I related the most to Zinsser’s article as he explained the urge […]
  • Changing the Definition of Success and Intelligence- There is a typical view of success and intelligence that involves how much money you make and the scores you get on tests, but those definitions are limited and are desperately in need of an update. To a certain extent, money is a factor in success, but it is by no means the end all […]
  • The Mentality of a Modern Student- In both Zinsser’s “College Pressures,” and “The American Life” podcast, there was a central theme and argument that was, quite frankly, one of the realest I’ve encountered when it comes to the modern education system and how it impacts its students. For myself, I experienced exactly what Zinsser was expressing in his short article, in […]
  • Educating on Education- This American Life’s “Back to School” hosted by Ira Glass says a lot about how school systems have to take into account the child’s background. A large part of growing up is your environment. But children with difficult families have a hard time growing up, they have to deal with trauma, while juggling school work. […]
  • Blog #4: “The Young are Growing Up Old”- The title says it all: the young, should-be spirited and eager college students of America have mindsets similar to middle age men and women. William Zinsser’s “College Pressures” (1979) gives detailed examples of this sort-of epidemic throughout campuses in America. To begin, it does not surprise me even one bit that distressed college students would […]
  • The high pedestal education is placed on- Both the podcast “Back to School” and the article “College Pressures” by Zinsser highlight many issues with schooling in current times.  Zinsser’s article points out the many pressures there are nowadays in college.  The pressures mentioned are peer pressure, parental pressure, economic pressure, and even self-induced pressure.  I can see why the first three persist […]
  • The Instant-Pot Called University Education- My friend Jack has an Instant-Pot. Loves it. Thinks it’s the up there with the greatest things humanity has created, along with the wheel and the Star Wars franchise. Raw food goes in, cooked food comes out. The beautiful science of pressure increasing cooking rate produces a tasty meal in no time flat. This is […]
  • Blog#4– For Who?- In William Zinsser’s “College Pressures,” and This American Life’s “Back to School” podcast, the flaws of the education system were brought up. Having been a student for more than ten years, I experienced firsthand the unreliability of the school system that America values so much. As Zinsser brings up the different pressures that influence the lives […]
  • The Many Obstacles of Education- What should one hope to gain when pursuing a formal education? Of course the answer to this varies greatly between individuals, and the general trend of the reality of education has changed over time. Both the “This American Life” podcast episode entitled “Back to School”, as well as “College Pressures” by William Zinsser bring to […]
  • What Actually Matters to Students- The goal of a college student is to pass. As time as went on many students do not seem to care about how they are learning as long as they are getting the A that they desire. Most students result to cheating or not actually learning and just memorizing terms to get a good grade. […]
  • The Intelligence of the Character, or the Characteristics of the Intelligence? (blog #4)- Reading both the essay and listening to the podcast kind of blew my mind and collectively connected many ideas across my classes and provided me with a self revelation. Connecting current topics of cognitive and non-cognitive behavior in my psych class to the research done in Paul Tough’s book helped me comprehend the importance in […]
  • The flaws in the American School System- The article “Collge Pressures” by William Zinsser and This American Life’s podcast “Back to School” both discuss the flaws that are present in the American school system. In Zinsser’s article, he states that college students suffer many pressures including “economic pressure, parental pressure, peer pressure, and self induced pressure” throughout their college experience which causes […]
  • Blog #4 Education- The US education system has been getting worse and worse with every generation since the end of the cold war. In Tal’s “Back to School” and William Zinsser’s “College Pressures”, they share the problems with current real-life situations. In “College Pressures”, there are notes from students to the Yale University’s residential college dean, Carlos Hortas. […]
  • School, Stress and Childhood- I really resonate with Zinsser’s “College Pressures”. School is tough with the demands for As and the cutoff for graduate school. Sometimes, I don’t want to walk this path to medical school. Sometimes, I just want to travel the globe finding out what I want to do with my life while working at local businesses […]
  • WOLFIE blog post #4: Studying inside of a box- The undergraduate education in Universities around America is being severely limited by the standards and pursuits of those in such demographics. In the podcast “Back to School” by The American Life and the essay “College Pressures” by William Zinnsser, they both describe the faults of the American Educational system. In the podcast it mainly talks […]
  • Achievement Gap-   From reading “College Pressures” by William Zinsser and listening to “Back to School” from TAL, I’ve realized I was always riding the learning experience but I never stepped back and saw what it did to my generation.  The two texts really showcased students that are at opposite scales of the spectrum. The kids that […]
  • Blog #4 : Grades are just the numbers.- Both works of essay, “College Pressures” and podcast “Back to School – This American Life,” discusses the school system in the United States today and how the quantitative, measurable aspect of intelligence is dominating the educational system. Due to such strong emphasis and priority on standardized test scores, exam scores, assignment scores, students are classified […]
  • The Stress of Students-   To be honest, the article “College Pressures” by William Zinsser has personally been the most relatable article that we have read to date. I felt that the article was very easy to read and to relate to. This is most likely due to the fact Zinsser is referencing the struggles that college students, such […]
  • Rise of the Undergrads-      The reading “College Pressures” by Zinsser connected with me the most. Similar to the majority of college students, I’ve felt pressured into a career by family or felt constricted with my early goal choices and path. We’ve been socialized from an early age to know what we want to do in life, and […]
  • The Struggle is Real.- It is a well-known fact that there something wrong with the education system in the U.S. and that students are being affected much more than they should. TAL’s “Back to School” and William Zinsser’s “College Pressures” discuss these problems by using real-life examples from different schools in America. Zinsser starts of his with various notes […]
  • Shimmer- Joan Didion writes about her undergraduate experience and how she wrote some of her books. She begins her essay, “Why I Write,” in a very unique way, which grabs the reader’s attention. “I, I, I” she explains the usage of this word is a belligerent act. Didion shows her vulnerability by talking about her undergraduate […]
  • Why “Why I Write” Makes Me Feel Safe- Why “Why I Write” Makes Me Feel Safe Aakash Tripathi   Tempest Williams’ Why I Write hit me the hardest out of the personal essays we were given. It was the shortest, sure. It was also the only one that wasn’t traditionally biographical in some sort of way. But it was powerful. Each sentence left […]
  • Capturing Shimmer in Writing-      While reading Joan Didion’s “Why I Write,” I felt distinctly like I was listening to someone telling me a story and exploring every tangent along the way. As Didion stated, she took the title of her piece from Orwell, but her reasons for writing contrast with his. Whereas Orwell presents concrete, frank appraisals […]
  • Why I Write: A Response to Terry Tempest Williams- Terry Tempest Williams’ “Why I Write” essay on a very superficial level seems very simple and easily written Williams shows a kind of genius in this simplicity. The risks Williams takes speaks to me and my writing hopes. There is something about short, concise writing that I find appealing. The essay is split into three […]
  •   Unmasking Insecurity in Humanity (Blog 2) Dustin Alan Birtell-       “And so, coming here, what I have done is to strip away the human facade that usually stands between me and the universe.” -Wendel Berry     The Scraping of the Skin   I would have never imagined myself identifying with an essay that could, quite crassly, be described as an exploration […]
  • Rough Draft- From the two articles given, I can tell that the infrastructure of an article or an essay is the most crucial part of it. With that being said rough draft also known as he first draft determines how the paper will end up. When writing a paper, everyone starts with a really bad draft and […]
  • Draft Dodgers- From a young age, I was made well aware that the first draft was never going to be the defining version of a writing piece. “Do you think J.K. Rowling wrote Harry Potter in just one shot?” was always the rebuttal that I was given whenever I questioned teachers’ decisions to make us edit our […]
  • The First Draft is Not The Last!- I fully resonated with “Shitty First Draft”; after all, writing can definitely be a difficult, if not seemingly impossible task, when you haven’t got a clue where to begin. Once you get the ball rolling, however, writing can be effortless. For me personally, it takes a very long thought process to get myself into the […]