One of the central goals of the First-Year Experience Program is to help
new students improve their writing skills. In order to acknowledge the efforts
of students who worked especially hard to improve their writing, the Student
Writing Committee has selected several successful papers from the FYE courses for publication on our website.
|FIRST-YEAR STUDENT ESSAYS
You will notice a broad range of topics and approaches here.
There are papers from all three academic divisions -- Humanities,
Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences -- and formats that range
from reflective interpretations to research papers. First-year
students wrote the papers collected here as specific assignments
for their courses, so their content also reflects some of the
types of writing professors are currently seeking from students.
None of us, from first-year student to professor, is ever finished with
the process of learning how to write. As you will see, the papers here are
works in progress -- fine examples of what our first-year students can do
with an assignment, a few days time, and a word processor. They all reflect
intelligence, clarity of thought, and hard work. None of them are meant
to stand as examples of perfection, or models for grading. All are tributes
to the importance we place on good writing at Colorado College.
-- The Writing Committee:
Tracy Santa, Molly Gross, Carol Emmer,
Kyle Torke, Shane Heschel, Cathey
Barbee, Jared Richman, Bryan Rommel-Ruiz, and Sarah Milteer
Secrets for Changing Life: Pouvoir in Rimbaud’s “Adieu”
"Oklahoma State Question 755: A Response to Islam"
“Ripples in God's Image”
2011 Honorable Mention
“Masonic Ideas in Mozart’s The Magic Flute”
“Go in Pi: Mathematical and Thematic Elements”
“Michelangelo’s Rome Pietà: How the Physical ‘Lies’ Reveal Philosophical ‘Truths’”
“Race, Religion, and Language: The Epistolary Mode in The Color Purple”
2010 Honorable Mention
“The New Women’s Shuffle Dance Song: A Fusion of Traditions”
“Mill, Medicalization, and Individuality”
The Upside of Turbulence
Evidence of a Silurian Ocean in Michigan
Power of the Poet
The Howl of Inspiration: Yelling Mathematicians and their Creations
Modeling Salinity in the Ogallala Aquifer
Egyptian Feminism: The Effects of the State, Popular Trends and Islamism
on the Women’s Movement in Egypt
Reflections on Machiavelli in the Changing Moral Context
2008 Honorable Mention
The Mirror’s Revelation
Reactions to the Mexican Oil Expropriation
Transcendent Truths: The Literary Classics of Boeithus and Goethe
Thinking Sociologically-Background and Environmental Activism
"The Highest Principle:" The Fractionalization of Mao Zedong's
That Darker Side
2007 Honorable Mention
A History of the History of the Jewish Emancipation
Megan Van Aken
Gregor's "Little Legs"
“A Tale of Two Countrysides: Impositions of Culture and Nature
in Daphnis and Chloe and Pride and Prejudice”
Kim Hurd, An Dang, Dan Lenzen, and Kristin Rider
“A Call to Action”
“Why the Majority of Americans are Wrong About Prayer in Public Schools”
“Integrate for Efficiency: Traditional Yoruba Medicine in Nigeria”
"Novel Technique using Naturally Competent ADP1 to Clone Variable
lux Genes via Homologous Recombination Tested"
"Carving the 'Old Trunk of Olive'/ Inventing a Path in the Sand: Narrative as Construction of Human Identity in The Odyssey and The Sand Child"
"Falling in Love with Pemberley, Falling in Love with Darcy: Elizabeth Bennet in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice"
"Pathologizing the Female Body: An Analysis of a Commercial Menstrual Product Website"
2005 Honorable Mention
"8086 miles (13014 kilometers) away"
"A Sunni Islamic Approach to Suffering"
"Serratia Exposed to UV Radiation Show Increase In Survival
"WWED: What Would Epicurus Do?
Epicurus, Happiness, and Psychology in Modern America"
"Story in the Floor Plan: Intentions and Familial Relationships through Spatial Relations in The Metamorphosis"
"The Inner Struggle of Empire"
"The Chechen Pursuit for Independence and the Role of Islam"
"Literary Conflict and Transformation in Kafka’s The Metamorphosis"
"The Vinland Map: The Controversy Continues"
"The Vinland Map: 15th Century Artifact or 20th Century Forgery?"
"Regarding Indefinite Administrative Detention"
E. Wilson Myers
"A Comparison of Nietzsche and the Death of God Theology"
"Search for Islamic Order"
"Science and Literature"
"The Core of 'The Triangular Pear'"
"The Thecodont and Theropod Hypotheses: On the Origin of
"Science and Literature"