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Three writings from 1988

By Babs IversonPublished 2 years ago Updated 2 years ago 5 min read
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College Is A Waste of Time And Money

If I believed that college was a waste of time and money, I wouldn't be enrolled in college now, and I wouldn't be taking English I Composition. I do not agree with Caroline Bird's essay statement that it's a dumb investment, that you rarely use what you learn, and a degree no longer opens vocational doors.

If you have money, you may think about investing it. When you think of investments, you naturally think of risk. Investments can make money for you, or you can lose all your money.

No one knows what the future holds. Wouldn't you rather make an investment in yourself by getting a higher education and a college degree? You can determine the outcome of your life. Yes, there will be risks, but you will have more options available. For example, you won't have to stay at a dead-end job. How much control do you have over your investments? Little if none! You can make money from the stock market, or oil, but you have no control over stock market plunges, banks closing, or oil prices hitting rock bottom.

Ms. Bird stated, "Teachers engineers, and others said they find that on the job they rarely use what they learned in school." In a school environment, you learn theory. What you learn in college is just the foundation, you will be able to learn how to learn. Thus, you will be open-minded and more likely to see a problem. You have to realize there is a problem before you can make improvements and make decisions.

How can one say that a degree no longer opens vocational doors? Today a college degree has become a requirement. At one time a high school degree was the requirement. With a high school degree, as with a college degree, you have to sell yourself not the degree - when applying for a position. There is a degree of uncertainty about whether you will get the position in the first place, but with a college degree, you do stand a better chance.

College definitely isn't a waste of time or money. Since there will always be risks and uncertainty in the future, you will need to learn how to learn. I'll spend my time and money to get a degree. You never know what lies ahead, or what position you have the experience for but not the degree which will pay $40,000.

Significance As It Pertains To Writing And Thinking

Your writing must have clarity and unity, but first, it must have significance. What do we mean by significance? It must be important to the writer, and it must have a purpose, the reason for writing; a thesis, the point; and an audience, the reader.

During the first stage of writing the creative stage, you write what you know and think about the subject. You strictly write for yourself. You don't have to worry about punctuation or grammar. You write what comes to you and what is important to you. By listing, cubing, looping, or using one of the other creative techniques, you should see an idea or point emerging that you want to write about on a subject.

Next to the shaping stage, you write the discovery draft. Writing from an insider's point of view, but now you will have to concentrate on your thesis, purpose, and audience. The form your essay takes is dictated by the purpose and the thesis. For example, your thesis is how to make your money go further during the Christmas season. The process form of introduction, step 1, step 2, step 3, and conclusion develops naturally from the point or idea that you are communicating.

After the discovery draft, you will be in the third stage of writing or the completing stage. During the final step in writing, you will revise your discovery draft one or more times. At this point, you will ask yourself if the point in the introduction and conclusion grab the reader.

Your reader will want to know why it is important to know this information. It is up to the writer to include the reader at the beginning. If you draw comparisons and contrasts between what the reader already knows and the new material, you as the writer will help the reader understand the significance of what they are reading; therefore, if you are writing a problem-solution essay, you want the reader to follow your thinking, your every step of the way and the reader ends up thinking that what you say is right.

Since writing is a form of communication, you, the writer, must think about the point you are conveying and make it important to the reader.

Sill Of The World

Light enters the bedroom window from the outside world. From inside the house, you can look out into the world thru the window. The window sill in Richard Wilbur's poem is the sill of the world.

The daughter is writing. She is doing this all on her own. The father in the poem is copying with the realization that his daughter would soon be going out into the world. This was a world in which he could no longer protect her.

The starling, which was in the daughter's bedroom two years earlier, flew around. After many attempts, the bird cleared the sill of the window.

During that time just as now, he can only observe and not participate. The father understands how difficult and dangerous it is to go into the world on one's own. The bird would have died if its attempts had been restrained, but it was allowed to clear the sill of the world.

Author's notes: Yes! The three essays were written in 1988. I'm happy to be able to share them with my grandchildren. Thank you for reading. Heart if you like. Thank you!


About the Creator

Babs Iverson

Barbara J Iversen, also known as Babs Iverson, lives in Texas and loves her grandkids to the moon and back. After writing one story, she found that writing has many benefits especially during a pandemic and a Texas-size Arctic Blast.

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