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Final Reflection

Pre-Course Meeting #3 Goals for the program: Meet students and teachers from outside my field and learn as much as I can from them Explore what my goals are for a career and determine the more global context into which … Continue reading

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A Visitor in Bern

It is raining. We haven’t made it more than a block from the hotel before the map in my hands begins to melt into a pile of mush. We trudge up to the third floor of the public library, leaving … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Ghana: Wildlife Conservation

One of the problems with contemporary efforts at wildlife conservation is the imposition of seemingly arbitrary rules and strictures on people whose livelihood is tied closely to the animals in need of protection. The rules are either ignored, in which … Continue reading

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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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Greece

23 February 2013 Dear Dr. Papillon; When I was in the fourth grade, I read a book called From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, in which a brother and sister run away from home to live in … Continue reading

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Show, Don’t Tell

One of the most valuable things about having Paul Heilker here with us was his presence in the room when we discussed his essays. I learned more on the days we read his pieces than at any other time in … 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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