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Academic Highs: Selected Works

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Academic Highs: Selected Works

I have never considered myself a good writer and I still really don't.  However, during my four years of high school, I was given some writing assignments that I connected with.
 
The first two assignments I wrote when I was a junior in high school, which was probably my hardest year of high school.  The first selection is a research paper that I wrote on why people commit murder, titled Murderous Traits.  This was probably the first essay that I wrote, EVER, that I truly had in interest in writing and actually looked forward to the research that I had to do.  This piece isn't exactly my best, grade-wise, but I am exceptionally proud of how much research and data I gathered for the essay, which the teacher also noted.
 
The second assignment is a short poem that I also wrote in my junior year of high school.  The assignment was to write a poem that reflected a part of yourself and a part of myself that I have always had issues with is my racial identity.  I was incredibly surprised at the feedback that I got back from my classmates after I read this poem outloud to the class-everyone really liked it!  I tried my hardest to be honest, while also writing a meaningful poem.
 
The third assignment that I chose to post is the first essay EVER that I wrote which I received an A for.  This essay wasn't for an english class, but a film class and we had to apply a theory to a film that we had recently watched in class.  This essay continues to stick out in my mind as it was one of the first times that I couldn't get over the shock of actually receiving an A grade on my writing skills.
 
All assignments are posted in their entirety on the links to the right.  The essays may seem long, but then again they ARE essays, so they're sort of supposed to be.  Anyways, enjoy.

 
 
 
 

"The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet."  --Aristotle