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Matthew 10: 38-39 It’s been 3 years since that day. Almost everything before that is a blur. Numerous moments have been forgotten inside my mind. I can’t even remember what I did the day before that. Everything that I had done on that specific day is all pencil shavings: meaningless and without a purpose. Everything […]

College Life

  Author’s Statement: The girl in the picture represents my thirst for knowledge, and also my enjoyment of learning. She’s very focused in reading the book in her hands, but she’s also surrounded by piles of books which represent all the things she doesn’t know, but is eager to discover.

A Beautiful Perception – Auriana Adams

This author challenges our contemporary beauty standards by analyzing and comparing the visual rhetoric in two women’s jean advertisements. This essay serves as a compelling example of the rhetorical analysis genre while also exploring the exigence of scrutinizing contemporary beauty standards. To read the full essay, click here.

114B Portfolio – Julian Soriano

In this online portfolio and blog, the author showcases his works for “Project Text” and “Project Space.” Throughout the essay “Medical Procedures and Psychological Scars in Literary Works,” he compares and contrasts Next to Normal by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey to One Flew Over the Cukoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey. For “Project Space,” he […]

Motivational Story for English Learners – Wondia Mireille Yeo

Here, you will find a creative take on the portfolio reflective essay each CSUN first-year writer must create. This author frames this reflection as a newsletter written in the third person as a means to convey the compelling story of her journey as an international student in English 113B. While the form of this essay […]

Blog Post on Video Games and Violence – Jack Rocco

In this blog post, the author takes on a controversial topic arguing against those who blame video games for rises in gun violence. The author uses several sources from both sides of the debate to construct a cogent argument. The professional tone and well-researched argument in this piece, make it an excellent example of the […]

LGBTQ Religion Equality – Mirella Marquez

This student uses art as a creative means to expand her argument, which originated in a class blog post for her first-year composition class. According to the artist, “In my blog post, I focused on Christianity and the LGBTQ community and how some Christians support the LGBTQ community but others do not. The reason why […]

English 115 Desk Photo

  This photograph speaks to the many tools students use to succeed in writing. According to the student who took this photography, this is what his desk usually looks like by the end of a long night of writing or annotating a book . He said, “I think this picture captures what it means to […]

Being Average: A Short, Poorly Drawn Comic

This charming comic depicts the types of concerns that are shared by so many first-year college students, like the feeling of being average or simply not good enough. Her candid writing, along with her so-called “poorly drawn” illustrations, appeal to the reader in a humorous, unpretentious way. Click on the link below to read the […]

The Struggle and the Real Writing Process

  Here, you will find an interesting example of a student drawing inspiration from their interests, like screenwriting, to motivate their writing. Her tone and her attention to detail make this script an interesting example of a truly reflective piece for a portfolio.  Click on the link below to read the script in its entirety. Wings2014The […]