Posted on March 5, 2019
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 in the process. It’s like a research paper that’s masked as a narrative, which was good enough for me to enjoy writing it.
I really couldn’t think of any topics at first. Everything I was thinking of seemed too obvious and uninteresting. I noticed that the prompt laid out the entire essay for you in steps, which the literacy narrative didn’t really have. This made me think of how students try to do everything by the book and get it done perfectly but aren’t really taught how to be creative. In fact, I think younger children are way more creative than their older counterparts. This might be because the school system slowly teaches people to be more conventional and punishes students who try something different. In this prompt, people might see the layout for the essay and feel the need to follow it, even though they might have some amazing way to tell the story in their mind. Following the prompt just seems easier and ensures a better grade. I want to learn more about how exactly schools do kill creativity, if they do. Also, I want to see more data on younger children being compared with older students in terms of creativity or something similar.
Something else that interested me was regarding children getting famous at young ages. This includes child actors, athletes, or even memes. I want to observe how fame impacts their development as a person and how they transition (or don’t transition) into adulthood. I think more recently a lot of child “stars” have been popping up because of the internet and I can’t help feeling bad for them in the future. In general, people think these children will grow up to be spoiled and probably not in the best place in adulthood because of certain token examples of child stars now. I want to assess how true this is and maybe find some examples proving the counterpoint to be the slightest bit true.
My last topic would probably be if some colleges are worth their price. I want to explore how colleges spend money and create their tuition. I just never understood how some colleges have their cost as around $70,000 for a single year. That’s more money than most people make working in a year. I want to understand exactly where the money is going and how colleges come up with such a preposterous number. On the flip side, I want to see how students who spend absurd amounts of money on an expensive college fare after leaving college versus someone who went to a cheaper university. I think it’s fairly obvious why I would choose this topic since it’s so relevant to Stony Brook, since it’s so cheap compared to its competitors.
I will probably end up writing my essay on the first topic because it seemed so relevant to any class and learning in general. It’s also the first thing that came to my head, which probably means I have the most interest for it.