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Response to Zinsser’s “College Pressures”

In his article, Zinsser points out several factors that he believes are contributing to an over-stressed and under-optimistic generation of undergraduate college students. He identifies 4 common college pressures: economic pressure, parental pressure, peer pressure, and self-induced pressure. While reading, … Continue reading

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Digital Story Progress

I never thought I’d had the problem of running out of things to write, but it’s happening. For this digital story script, I have really just taken 3 of my essays, turned them into extended paragraphs, and stuck and into … Continue reading

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“Big Mac” Medicine The above link is to an essay that I consider to be effective, entertaining, and engaging. After reading about 15 med school personal statements, I got a terrifying glimpse of what it means to be on an admissions board. … Continue reading

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MD/ DO Schools

The prompts for the schools I am interested in seem to have not listed what they expect in an essay. Maybe they are on the actual application (which I cannot see without registering for an account). Stony Brook Med The … Continue reading

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Fathers and Sons.

The reading for this week revolved around the relationship between a father and son. Dubus describes his summer job, a job that he did not want, but kept anyway because he was afraid of disappointing his father. He describes the … Continue reading

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About Place.

I think today’s in-class exercise deserve some reflection in addition to the 2 pieces about “place” we’ve read for this place. Today’s writing prompt, to give directions to your home, was much more difficult that it seemed. First off, we … Continue reading

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Beliefs and Integrity (Emerson/Thoreau/Gornick/ThisIBelieve)

This week’s readings were concerned with expressing morals, and values. As Gornick explains in “The Situation and the Story,” it is often very difficult for a memoir to unabashedly express a person’s beliefs. The most interesting reading for me was … Continue reading

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