I wrote this essay as the second of three assignments for GWRIT 102. The American Scholar was one of the featured essays in the class text. I can remember the assignment had to include document design (bold faced font, watermarks, pictures, captions etc.) and a certain creativity. I elected to type my thought process as I wrote the piece. I was sitting at my PC typing away, fighting hunger and distractions working with a deadline. The assignment was very open-ended. I enjoyed reading Emerson’s piece so much I had to research and write about it. It was composed as a single draft written over the course of one night. I’m sure it was very close to deadline but the pressure allows me to focus. I am an Economics major in my second year. I wrote this essay the spring of my freshman year.


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