Category Archives: English

English was Lit(erally the Best)

    I originally declared myself an English major thinking I’d be focusing on grammar and how to write properly. I was greatly surprised to find out I’d be dissecting some of the most impactful pieces of literature to have existed and reaping the knowledge they contain. My time as an English major has taught me […] Continue reading

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The Journey: An insight as an English major

  Priscilla Ortega English 190 Professor Garcia 10 December 2019 The Journey: An insight as an English major As a young freshmen at the University of California, Merced, I was unaware of what exactly is to be an English major and the change it takes upon your life. I grew up in South Central, Los […] Continue reading

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The More I Learn, the Less I Know

Ross Koppel Dr. Garcia English 190 2 May 2018 I transferred to this institution after more than a few years as a part-time community college student. The transition was not easy, but I had the wonderful experience of taking almost exclusively classes in my field after becoming a full-time student. To condense what I have […] Continue reading

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Dreaming Songs of Ambivalence

The innocence that is found in “A Dream” is bounded by the warm opportunistic tone offered in the last two stanzas, especially the last the line: Pitying, I dropped a tear: But I saw a glow-worm near, Who replied, ‘What wailing wight Calls the watchman of the night? ‘I am set to light the ground, […] Continue reading

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The Old Geezer w/ the Beard

Our bodies were warm in the sun of morn, As the other kids began to tease out my name. “What a dork; he still needs mommy’s permission.”   Tugging on her arm, I cried, “please mama,” Her gaze went over my head, “it is not up to me “Child. Ask your father. And take your […] Continue reading

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A Song About Myself

This 2017 book is a poem by English poet John Keats and is illustrated by Chris Raschka. Keats wrote this poem in a letter to his young sister while he was away on a visit to Scotland. It tells of a young, carefree boy that packs up his belongings and goes on an adventure from […] Continue reading

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Are We There Yet?

“Are we there yet?” “No.” “Are we there yet?” “No.”  This classic question reaches past the 2005 movie starring Ice Cube to our childhoods. We begged parents to inform us of our exact location to gauge how far we had traveled and how far we had left until our destination- forever wondering about our wandering. […] Continue reading

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Tanzania: China, China, and more China

Tanzania Becoming the New Chinese Province in Africa This articles highlights the successful past and continuing trend of increased Chinese investment in the country. It describes how the relationship began between President Mao Zedong and Julius Nyerere and how recently China has committed to two new massive mining projects, one for iron and the other… Continue reading

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What Would Henry Perowne Make of My PhD???

“In Daisy’s final term he went to an open day at her college.  The young lecturers there like to dramatise modern life as a sequence of calamities.  It’s their style, their way of being clever.  It wouldn’t be cool or professional to count the eradication of smallpox as part of the modern condition…[For] the professors […] Continue reading

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