Category Archives: Reflective Essay (5/2)

Write It

Van Vang Dr. Garcia ENG 190 Senior Thesis 2 May 2018 Write It I began this journey with an undeclared major unaware that my passion was within the words of every book I will ever read for my Undergraduate English studies. I spoke to my counselor at the time and she asked me what it […] 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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Journey of Self Discovery

Alexis Blanco ENG 190 Garcia May 1, 2018 Reflective Essay The concept of literature being full of depth and intrinsic themes was something that was presented to me in high school, but I took for granted. I did not think I would ever need to visit back passages and literary themes because in my mind, […] Continue reading

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What A Long Strange Trip It’s Been

Daniel Lizaola Lopez Humberto Garcia English 190: Senior Thesis May 2, 2018 I wasn’t always an English major. I was lost in the vortex of societal norms and allowed the cosmology of my origin be originated by my environment. In high school, I was influenced by Ernesto “Che” Guevara and his passions. For the duration […] Continue reading

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Hallmarks of a Great Writer

Sara Nuila-Chae Prof. Garcia ENG 190 2 May 2018 Reflective Essay for ENG 190 My cumulative experience as an English major was not terrible. I came into this major not knowing much about critical theory and the mechanics of prose, poetry, and the novel. I guess my experience coming into the major relied heavily on […] Continue reading

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Bittersweet

Kimberly Martinez-Melchor Humberto Garcia English 190 May 1, 2018 From the Sciences to the Arts: Timeless English Literature   Coming into my freshman year here at UC Merced I had a plan already set in stone; I was going to study human biology and obtain some sort of medical internship during my time here which […] Continue reading

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My Journey

It all began with my seventh grade English teacher, Ms. Leon. Your typical Los Angeles bipolar weather: a mixture of cold wind with hot sun rays beaming right at your skin. Class resumed right after nutrition. I recall her standing at the center of the room, everyone’s eyes glaring at her presence. She began pacing […] Continue reading

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Reflective Essay: Ethical Conundrums in Flexible Narratives

My first English course at UC Merced was taught by Instructor Trevor Jackson, at the time I was still trying to fulfill the expectations my STEM oriented mentors expected from me, these expectations being to pursue a career in STEM. I was a disoriented Biology major, that realized I was so much happier and whole […] Continue reading

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Did I Waste Four Years? You Tell Me.

Anderson Tang Professor Garcia English 190 April 30th, 2018 Did I Waste Four Years? You Tell Me. When I first began my adventure as an English major, I was very singular in the thought that my intentions were to only look out for myself, to me, no one, and nothing else mattered. Every obstacle I […] Continue reading

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Reflective Essay

Reflective Essay One of the oldest and most influential justifications for the study of literature is that such study makes us better human beings.  While this is not necessarily true, the literary texts students have studied in and outside class present ethical conundrums, which force us to rethink our relationships with others, ourselves, and the […] Continue reading

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