Senior Honors Research
Fall 2018- Spring 2019
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Conflict in Virginia’s Places and Past
American Politics, American Cinema
Prior to this assignment, I had never used the technique of writing my own work of fiction to analyze novels. Using two characters from the novels One Hundred Years of Solitude and The Meursault Investigation, I connected and analyzed the universal theme of tragedy across location and time. However, the dialogue is not perfect; I think there is more for improvement in character development.
Modern Western Civilization
Writing and Research
After studying the rhetoric field as a science, my research paper allowed me to explore writing in my own field as a science. I selected to study the best practices for developing research questions and thesis statements, as it was a necessary skill for many of my history papers. This assignment was extremely helpful once I began to do my own research; when beginning more challenging topics, I had already learned necessary writing and research skills from this paper. However, my research is has flaws as I did not fully understand how to best analyze and understand my data at the time.
Foundations of Western Civilization
By far my most unique writing assignment for my Foundations of Western Civilization class, I wrote a work of time travel fiction, featuring medicine technologies in Anglo-Saxon England. My paper incorporated elements of Bald’s Leechbook, a primary source text, to legitimize my work of historical fiction. Scientific phenomenons described in the paper are also based in truth; the story was initially inspired by RadioLab’s Staph Retreat. However, my knowledge of Chicago-style citations was still developing while writing this paper; the footnotes section has room for improvement.
After reading The Other Wes Moore and observing current events unfold on the news, I was made more aware of the large amount of white privilege in American society. The writing assignment I completed for a Longwood course, the essay required me to analyze racism’s effect on Wes Moore’s life. Since writing the essay, both my writing style and ability have transitioned to a more collegiate level.