Expectations and Reality
Many come to college quite certain about their course of study, direction in life, and expectations for college culture—and discovered that those early guesses were quite wrong.
Your Writing Task:
Choose one of these options:
- Write a comparison/contrast essay discussing the difference between what you expected college life to be and what you have actually experienced.
- Write a comparison/contrast essay discussing the difference between the course of study you expected to follow and the direction you are going now.
Hints for Success:
- You might be tempted to produce a couple of random lists: food I expected versus food we eat, teachers I expected versus teachers we have, weather I expected versus weather we have. That approach might be good for prewriting, but you need to settle on a main point your essay will make. If your focus is academic opportunities, a discussion of Ashland weather has no place in your essay.
- If you have not changed your mind about your course of study, the second option probably will not work too well for you. On the other hand, almost nobody can predict precisely what it will be like to attend college, so the first option should work for most people.
Length: The equivalent of a three-page paper. A three-page paper should be between 880 and 1060 words long, not counting title, your name, etc.
Format: Standard MLA format. (12-point Times Roman type, double-spaced, 1" margin all around, MLA header.)
Submitting the paper:
- The English Department wants electronic copies of all your essays this semester, so please upload the final product to the drop box in Blackboard. Some students (especially those who use Google
Docs) have trouble figuring out how to do this, so ask if you are uncertain how to proceed!
- If you have any trouble getting the Blackboard upload to work, simply print a copy and bring it to class.
- Final copy: Wednesday, March 28, 2018
This essay is worth 75 points.