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Travel

Below is an excerpt from the travel essay I wrote for Paul Heilker. It was written as a series of “postcards” from trains and their destinations and was intended to demonstrate how the physical act of travelling can induce a … Continue reading

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Memento Mori

At this time of the semester it is incredibly easy to feel pulled in a hundred different directions. I didn’t want to come to Naples. I spent Friday night listing over again every assignment I have due in the next … Continue reading

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An Irrevocable Condition

Once again, the topic of home has come up in class, this time in one of our conversations on Giovanni’s Room. We spent a good amount of time discussing the character David’s motivations, most of which are tied up in his notions of masculinity … Continue reading

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Home: An Exercise in Meaning-Making

Last Tuesday we were asked to write a piece about our hometown. I found this particularly difficult because we were given a sample essay and challenged to imitate the writing style as closely as possible. The original piece, Lake Wobegone, … Continue reading

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A Visitor in Lugano

The streets of Lugano follow the slope of the mountain, descending in a woven net of cobblestone and brick to the edge of the lake. The buildings rise and fall too, but this descent is less easily visible, at least … Continue reading

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This Semester: An Overview

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Congratulations, Blacksburg. It’s December.

This week’s forecast:

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Finals Week: Personal Finance

Quotes from the class notes:    

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Finals Week: Creative Nonfiction

It was either very late or very early. I could no longer tell if the editing was making things better or worse. All I wanted to do was go to sleep. My rational brain had long ago disappeared under a … Continue reading

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Finals Week: Controversial Issues

This semester I took an Honors Colloquium called “Controversial Issues in Science and Society.” I would highly recommend this class to anyone looking for a good discussion of current events, politics, ethics, and critical thinking. For my, the most significant … Continue reading

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