Going back to my roots

April 11, 2014  |  The Experience, Marina Stuart '16

Since I was a kid, I have loved writing. Originally, I wanted to write fiction and would come up all these different characters and settings. (Plots were not my strong suit.) I had all these notebooks filled with lists of characters, their ages, likes, and dislikes, which, I guess, explains why I was so excited when my English professor approved my idea for my final class project. In fact, I found myself with a sense of giddiness that college student’s rarely have before attempting an 11-page paper.

Our final English paper involves comparing The Canterbury Tales, which we are reading in Middle English, to modern versions of the stories. I was struck, however, with an idea in class about setting Canterbury Tales as a movie about college kids on spring break who get into a storytelling contest. My paper would outline the pilgrims in the Canterbury Tales as modern college student stereotypes and then explain how they relate to their Middle Ages counterparts. It might well turn out to be a paper in which I get to do exactly what I love: develop characters, decide what they look like and choose their interests. It’s wonderful that even when your academic interests change (as I’ve become more interested in science writing in recent years,) there are times when college classes afford you the opportunity to just do what you love, what inspires you.


TAGS:  |  The Experience, Academics


comments powered by Disqus

You might also like...


A surprising lesson
by The Experience, Oliver Ames '17  


New York's tiny museum
by The Experience, Kirsten Forrester '17  


Less than appetizing facts about fish ...
by The Experience, Mike Wipper '17  


Standing in solidarity
by The Experience, Laura Cianciolo '16  


A surprising lesson
by The Experience, Oliver Ames '17  


Get a sneak peek
by Shain Renovation  


750 acres of exploration
by The Experience, Rebecca Seidemann '18  


Music, dancing and feasting at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum
by The Experience, Jordan Thomas '15