Freshman Writing Program Hosts 37th Semester Celebration of Student Writing
The freshman writing program hosted the 37th semester celebration of student writing in the student center ballroom on Thursday, December 5.
Associate directors of the freshman writing program Laura Kovick and Meghan Phelps hosted the event. The event ran from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., offering LBC credit to students who attended as well as students who attended the event.
Logan Bearden is the new director of the first year writing program. As a former WRTG 121 instructor, Bearden understands the importance of the event for first-year writing students.
“When you make a change in the world, you’re not going to use an 8-10 page double-spaced MLA formatted research paper,” Bearden said. “What you’re going to do is something like this where you ask someone to interact with you, have a conversation, and hopefully change your mind. So that kind of bridges the gap between what students do in freshman writing and the writing they will do in the real world.
Sophomore Elija Braybrooke’s project explored how a second American Civil War could come about by analyzing civil wars in world history.
With the United States appearing increasingly divided, Braybrooke’s presentation provided a glimmer of hope.
“I feel good about the state of the world right now,” Braybrooke said. “Well, not good, but better than me [when I started the project] … Not all aspects of the causes of a civil war are particularly prevalent in the United States at this time.
Freshman Amy Skidmore recently retired from the military after serving for 20 years. Skidmore then decided that she wanted to go to school to study arts education because it is an area that she is very passionate about.
Skidmore’s project focused on the decline of arts education.
She explains: “Only 2% of secondary schools offer artistic education on a daily basis. It’s a huge decline in the United States. Without creativity in college, it will cause a lot of problems later with creativity, imagination, innovation, and whatever else is needed for future success.
Projects like Braybrooke and Skidmore are examples of some of the many great research projects presented at the event.
First-year writing teacher Sara Gomez-Perez is proud of her students who have overcome their initial anxieties.
“Everyone in my class this year for the first time was nervous for the elevator pitch,” Gomez-Perez said. “Usually I have one or two students who are doing fine, but everyone was nervous. We have practiced at least three times each class period since October. So, it’s really cool to see them lose all their nerves and play naturally. “
With each passing semester, Bearden’s takeout stays the same.
“You give the students the opportunity to do something like this, and they will always impress you,” he said.
To see what the next group of freshman writing students will be up to, head to the 38th Semester Celebration of Student Writing on April 9, 2020 in the Student Center Ballroom.