What’s up everyone!
I’m currently wavering between two papers that I’d like to repurpose. The first paper is a Political Science 101 Commentary Assignment, about 650 words that also includes a political cartoon that I drew as a supplement to the paper. I wrote this commentary about an important environmental issue that affects my family and friends at home: the California Water Crisis. I write specifically about the variance in awareness and action for the water crisis across California. Some areas clearly suffer and show awareness to the cause, while other communities (including mine) flaunt water as if there were no issue at all! It’s a paper about irony but I just think I could make it better! Better language, stronger imagery to show what I see on a daily basis at home, and more powerful evidence to want to make Californians wake up and make a change! I’d even consider enhancing the cartoon drawing, and formatting the entire thing to look like a professional, appealing commentary for a major news network or paper. There is also so much updated information (one year later) that I could use to strengthen the paper, or I could add onto it as if I gave it a break and came back to it one year later to compare/contrast (A similar approach that the the movie “Boyhood” used to tell a story over time).
The other paper I’m considering repurposing is a little more personal — it’s a story about how I have moved away from strict religious codes in order to grow as an individual, develop my own views, and define my faith. It’s specifically about losing my virginity (without racy details or anything like that, don’t worry!) and what impact or prior worries that virginity brings up in terms of my faith and devotion to moral “laws” that my Christian elementary school tried to ingrain into my head. I wrote this “Enriched Narrative” for my LHSP 125 class with Ray last year, coincidentally. While I think it was a good paper that scored well, after a full year of college since completing the class, I think I am ready to delve deeply into the essay to make it feel more like a novel, drawing the reader in and making the reader worry about my changes in faith, beliefs, etc. This paper needs to be less cheesy/corny — straight up. It offers some pretty cool biblical analogies too, but needs expansion in some areas and cuts in others.
Let me know what you guys think! Both papers are special to me personally, but they offer two very different types of writing.