Office hours are an underrated resource: most professors sit and wait in their office during these hours, so why not fill that time with discourse on the latest book you’ve been reading or possible essay topics?At the least, you get a stimulating intellectual conversation, and at the most, you’ll be able to easily ask that professor for a recommendation letter when the time comes.But for me, entering the hallowed halls of university meant writing essays in a new way. Free from testing standards and unoriginal, rigid curricula, I enrolled in English classes like American Horror and James Joyce’s In these classes, I relearned how to write a research paper.
So while I agreed with Said’s theory, I also addressed scholars who countered his argument.
Likewise, I disagreed with Bannon’s thesis that Joyce was justified in his use of the orientalist aesthetic and laid out my reasons.
Our parents loosen their grips a bit on the rules and we therefore experiment a lot during this period. I met my best friends in high school and we still keep in touch up to now.
And when we find ourselves in hot water, everyone will always come to our aid and proclaim, “But, they are just teenagers. They will soon grow up.” So, we get away with a lot during this period. We would go to all types of parties, graduation parties, themed parties, home coming parties and house parties.
I like to annotate the text, underlining passages, jotting down possible essay ideas, categorizing paragraphs thematically, and so on.
(I can never sell any of my books secondhand because they’re all crammed with marginalia.) Once the assignment has been introduced, I quickly pull together a few topic ideas and schedule a meeting during office hours to discuss them with my professor.
To reinforce my thesis, I tied in works like Edward Said’s .
In my papers, I view my secondary sources as a medium that allows me to converse with their authors.
Another fun thing we did with my friends was wear the same costume during Halloweens.
We would plan for the best outfit and just blow everyone away at the high school Halloweens party.