Author Archives: jlavalliere

Digital Story

My digital story is just about done as of right now. I’m going to take it home and show my parents to get their views on it. I feel like my voice sounds weird and I get embarrassed when other … Continue reading

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The Struggles of Choosing a Topic

My first draft was about my cat and her injury of jumping on the wood stove. This was a good story, but it did not really tell the reader anything about myself except for the fact that I love cats. … Continue reading

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You Owe Me

While reading You Owe Me by Miah Arnold, I found myself tearing up multiple times throughout the essay. She made me feel as if I knew the kids who were dying. The essay opened my eyes more to how real … Continue reading

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Good Personal Statement

http://www.accepted.com/medical/sampessay01.aspx I really like how this person started their essay. It was very descriptive and shows their personality of not being a quitter. I could relate to them as well because of swimming. When you are in a relay race, … Continue reading

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Medical Schools

I plan on applying to MD and DO medical schools. I want to go down south for medical school to experience that type of lifestyle. Vanderbilt is my reach school in Nashville, Tennessee. The personal statement for this school is … Continue reading

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Expectations

As I was reading College Pressures, I was overwhelmed with how much I could relate to the college students William Zinsser wrote about. The letters in the beginning were all from distressed college students. I sound the same way when … Continue reading

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The Value of Work

Out of the readings we had this week, Digging by Andre Dubus resonated with me the most. While reading this essay, I couldn’t help but think of my father. I had a similar relationship to my dad as Dubus did … Continue reading

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Natural Disasters

Out of all the readings we had to do this week, I could relate the most to What They Don’t Tell You About Hurricanes by Philip Gerard. I really liked his writing style and how he incorporated humor in his … Continue reading

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Finding Acceptance

Nancy Mairs’ On Being a Cripple article really resonated with me. I couldn’t help but feel sorry for everything she has to go through. It really put my life into perspective. I like how she starts out explain why she … Continue reading

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This I Believe

In writing a personal essay as in a “this I believe” essay, you have to be credential and have a good topic. Gornick says the writer “undergoes an apprenticeship as soul-searching…the twin struggle to know not only why one is … Continue reading

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