Welcome to my FYS blog! And let me just say that it is a blog for one of the best FYSs around.
Upon coming to college, I wasn’t sure what to expect in the way of college writing. I was pretty aware of the fact that the five paragraph essay and the three sentence introduction paragraph were “so high school,” but that didn’t make it any easier for me to determine what was “so college.” Luckily¸ the University of Richmond fully anticipates the cluelessness of its incoming freshman class. And so the First-Year Seminar was born!
Dystopia, Revolution, and Leadership has helped me learn to think and write in a new, more sophisticated way. I think that it was a positive thing to have my introductory writing class be a non-English-based one: by combining historical context and theory with literary analysis, this FYS forced me to write in a way that was out of my comfort zone. Not only was it out of my comfort zone in terms of high school versus college but it was out of my comfort zone in terms of style and content. And that, I think, is what made all of the difference.
So, looking at the blog itself. Included are the three stages of my FYS papers, including all drafts, peer comments, resources, personal thoughts, and extra goodies. When I first took a look at the original assignment and contemplated the three parts, I imagined that each essay would build directly off of the last. While I have kept the same topic—population control—throughout each essay, I have branched out a lot more than I had at first imagined. I’d like to say that this is a positive thing, since it make me think in many different directions.
Stage One is essentially a research paper on the one-child policy in China. Through writing it, I learned that every essay must have a thesis and be analytical to some extent. You can form an argument around just about anything.
Stage Two is an analysis of the novel Brave New World in the context of population control. This was a new way of writing to me, linking historical context with a fictional novel. Out of all three stages, I think that I benefited the most from this one, since I was forced to think more outside the box in order to be able to connect all of my topics together.
Stage Three was the heftiest piece of the project. Not only did I have to rework The Hunger Games in my own creative piece, but I then had to analyze my own work. That was weird. It is one thing to write something and have a personal understanding of it, but quite another to explain that purpose to an audience. Also, I don’t think that I have ever quoted myself before (Richmond 1).
Through a lot of hard work and research, and a moderate level of confusion, I managed to take this project one piece at a time and come up with what I would consider to be a pretty decent result. I hope that you agree, and that you enjoy perusing my blog and reading about my process.
Now, go forth and learn!