Welcome to Sierra Nevada Chronicles!

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!

Many people believe that wearing a seatbelt is the right thing to do, and the law should require everyone to put one on. There are times when the use of a seatbelt can actually harm the user, so the choice should be left up to the individual. Why should the law dictate someone’s personal choices? […]

As a college student, from financial aid to finals, there is a lot going on at one time. One thing that is certain is some people believe college is unnecessary and all it does is put you in debt. The essay “Why College is a Waste of Time and Money” is a rather negative view […]

It is difficult to create the right incentives when education is compulsory. So instead, the high school institution has inadvertently created perverse incentives that allow students to get through high school. The problem is that the institution is trying to work for the majority. This is a school constraint. These perverse incentives are learned to […]

In my life, so far, I believe that I have made two major decisions that have determined who I am and who I am going to be. The first decision was made when I was just a boy, going blind into the world. The second decision came later in my life when I was more […]