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Freshman Reading Project Essay Prompt

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Discussion Groups

To conclude your participation in the Freshman Reading Project, you must now write a brief reflective essay and attend a discussion session about The Spirit Catches You.  You must complete the paper and discussion in order to remain in good standing in the Honors Program.

Here is the two-part prompt for your essay:

The subtitle of The Spirit Catches you and You Fall Down mentions "cultural collision."

(1) Identify three specific examples of "cultural collision" in the book, and for each example,

(a) describe how particular cultural presumptions (on each side) got in the way of effective medical care and, more generally, the notion of "love of neighbor";

(b) describe how things could have gone differently if each side heeded Dr. Kleinman's sage advice.

(2) Finally, we live in a culturally diverse society.  In light of this, what can you learn from this book about approaching college life and your career beyond Baylor?  


The essay should be approximately 3 pages long (600-800 words).

N.B.: A good essay will make specific reference (via page number) to passages and quotations from the book.  It will seek to analyze the text while exemplifying your own opinions and views.  A quality essay might also make useful reference to particular points made by our speaker at the Freshman Assembly.  Grades will be based on following these instructions along with the quality of your writing.  Take care to check spelling and grammar before turning in your completed essay.  Note that the Baylor Writing Center is available for your use, free of charge, on this and any other paper written at Baylor.

The essay will be due both to (1) your small group discussion leader at the time of your meeting and (2) turn-it-in via Blackboard.  Instructions about the turn-it-in submission process will be provided by your discussion leader.

Freshman Essay Prize

The Honors Program will award a first, second, and third-place prize to the best essays submitted as part of the Freshman Reading Project. Winners will be announced and prizes awarded at the Honors Christmas Party later in the semester.

To access an audio recording of Dr. Tran's talk, please click on the link below.

Tran - The Spirit Catches You
[09/05/2013] (29:55 )