1. Compare or contrast your sense of self now with what it was when you were younger, say, a freshman or sophomore in high school. How are you different? The same? Make sure that you focus your essay on a few key points; don’t try to cover all differences or similarities. Remember to strive for originality and depth rather than breadth. Do not simply simply say that you are now older or more mature (remember one of the best ways to keep your readers' attention is to avoid the obvious).
2. Think about a time when you realized that you no longer shared your
parents’ or grandparents’ attitudes
or philosophy about a particular subject. For this essay, introduce your topic—religion, music, sexuality,
money, etc.—and begin by discussing how you once believed in what your parents believed. Then focus on
how your view of the topic evolved and what this change means for you. Conversely, you may wish to write about a time when you didn't share your parents' views, but you now believe that they were right all along.
2-3 pages, typed and double spaced
First draft: Monday class: October 28
Tuesday class: October 29
Final draft: Monday class: November 4
Tuesday class: November 5