So Long and Thanks for All the Useful Skills and Good Memories

As a reader, I feel more comfortable reading academic texts and other forms of nonfiction. I also feel more capable identifying potential biases in what I read. I believe that my writing has grown more focused instead of the jumble of ideas it used to be. I have improved at writing with a clear idea…

I was definitely not the intended audience of this podcast

I must admit that I have never been the type of person to listen to podcasts. My very limited experience has been on the serious or academic side of the genre, think NPR, very calm, smooth spoken and focused. If decorum is meeting the expectations of the audience, then from my perspective, this podcast lacked…

Faces of Herky: We Are All Hawkeyes

Faces of Herky is completely covered in the self portraits or handprints of children who have received care at the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital. The arrangement of the children’s artwork gives this Herky a colorful, playful appearance similar to that of patchwork. The drawings obscure Herky’s facial features. Faces of Herky was created by…

What do jelly doughnuts have to do with anything?

President Kennedy’s speech begins with the words “I am proud.” These three words reappear two more times in the introduction of the speech. Kennedy uses the phrase to honor and gain the favor of his audience. This result is achieved by first praising their city and its Mayor, then their country and its Chancellor. President…

The Cost of a College Education is Too High

            For as long as I can remember, I have heard about how expensive it is to go to college. The media was full of reports on the rising cost of college or the student debt crisis. My family and teachers always emphasized studying hard so I would receive scholarships. As a college student, I…

Rachel In A Nutshell

Hello, as you can tell from the title, my name is Rachel. I am from a small town in central Illinois by the name of Chillicothe. Here in Iowa I am involved in the Swing Dance Club and the Quizbowl Team as well as playing my French Horn in University Band. Swing and other forms…