Category Archives: Reflective Essay (12/11)

Self-Discovery through Literature

A memorable moment that has impacted the course of my life is when I attended my first assembly in elementary school as a transfer student. I watched as the teachers announced the student with the most Star Reader points, and a girl stands up to accept her five hundred point tag. The Star Reader brag […] Continue reading

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Reading Along the Margins & The Disruption of the Cannon:

Angelica Costilla-Mancha Professor Garcia ENG190 10 December 2019 Reading Along the Margins & The Disruption of the Cannon: In Westernized literature, the Cannon has become a concept that has informed what popular culture considers to be classic, timeless literature. Literature within the Cannon is typically perceived to have some type of permanent intrinsic value that […] Continue reading

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Knowledge is Unlimting

Jaimee Watson Professor Garcia ENG 190 December 11, 2019 Reflective Essay Upon arriving at UC Merced, I took one AP Literature class and believed I was a professional at writing analytical papers, rhetorical essays, and persuasive essays. It did not help that I passed the entrance writing exam, meaning that I did not have to […] Continue reading

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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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Revising Human Complexities

Throughout my undergraduate English career, I’ve had many opportunities to reevaluate the world around me through the context of insightful literary works and activities, as well as improve my critical thinking and writing skills. From what began as a doubtful decision towards a path that I had previously given up on turned into field that […] 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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A Line in the Sand

  A Line in the Sand By: Christopher Ingle “Morality, like art, means drawing a line somewhere.”-Oscar Wilde One would not normally consider a degree in English studies to be one full of questions about morality and right from wrong. Most view the study of English as just reading through books and looking at something […] Continue reading

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Reflection: My Time as an English Major

Alejandro Joseph Serrano Professor Humberto Garcia Senior Thesis: William Blake 10 December, 2019 Reflection: My Time as an English Major The story in which I became an English major is not an ordinary tale for readers. In order to understand my academic career at the University of California, Merced, there is a bit of context […] Continue reading

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Reflective Essay: How Literature Changed My Life in UC Merced

Before applying to UC Merced, or any university at all, I was always hesitant about what I wanted to do with my future. Being an only child alongside my mother in the small crowded area of Koreatown with Los Angeles was a struggle. The bills pile up while our way of living was never improving. […] Continue reading

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Ethics and Morality: Key Aspects in my English Career

Looking back on the beginning of my college venture, I came in as a biology major. Those classes weren’t my style, but I was enjoying my writing courses and English course with Professor Matthew Kaiser. I got to meet other English majors and decided to change my major. The next class I took was professor […] Continue reading

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