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The work published here represents the best of Professor Anderson's Freshman Composition classess at Sierra Nevada College. Working in editorial panels, the students themselves evaluated and selected the pieces to be published. Essays are organized into four main genres: research, narrative, argument, and comparison.  The essays represented on the home page of this site are a randomly generated selection of the work available. Click on one to get started, or go to the tabs above to select a category.  While all of the essays are interesting, the research and narrative essays are especially powerful. Feel free to read, enjoy, and comment. Thanks for visiting!

In an area like Lake Tahoe, it is not uncommon to hear people discussing the desire to crack open a cold beer and sit outside after a day of mountain biking,skiing, or sitting on the beach. This statement is one that you would hope to hear from only those older than 21,but is common to hear [...]

Because this is not a traditional annotated bibliography, I’d like to start off by mentioning that the other day when discussing bib # 10 you said that I was well on my way with the way I related four of the readings we read in this class including “In Defense of Prejudice” by Jonathan Rauch, [...]

In the current education system, one of the many flaws is “the grade trap.” While students are thought to be learning in school, many are not concerned with learning the material presented. Rather, the students are obsessed with the grade attached to their transcript. “The grade trap” is a state of mind where students only [...]

After I woke up from a black-out from the night before, the stone cold concrete floor of the tiny jail cell smacked me back to reality immediately.  Almost to tears, I thought to myself, “What the hell am I doing with my life!?”  This was the third time I had been arrested for sheer stupidity.  [...]