Best of FYE Essays
Each year, the Writing Committee selects and honors a few outstanding papers from the pool of successful works produced in First-Year Experience courses.
Because one of the main goals of the FYE program is to help new students develop their writing skills, the selected students are distinguished with a publication of their efforts on our website.
In previous years, the Writing Committee selected a few essays from among those nominated by faculty. This year’s Best of FYE publication celebrates the breadth of work done by First-Year Experience students by publishing every essay nominated by faculty as representative of the best work from the associated FYE course.
A Word from the Writing Committee:
You will notice a broad range of topics and approaches here. There are papers from all three academic divisions — Humanities, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences — and formats that range from reflective interpretations to research papers. First-year students wrote the papers collected here as specific assignments for their courses, so their content also reflects some of the types of writing professors are currently seeking from students.
None of us, from first-year student to professor, is ever finished with the process of learning how to write. As you will see, the papers here are works in progress — fine examples of what our first-year students can do with an assignment, a few days time, and a word processor. They all reflect intelligence, clarity of thought, and hard work. None of them are meant to stand as examples of perfection, or models for grading. All are tributes to the importance we place on good writing at Colorado College.
— The Writing Committee:
Jane Murphy - Chair, Tracy Santa, Sarah Labrie, Roy Jo Sartin, Brenna Swift and Sarah Milteer
Best of FYE Essays 2000-2013
2013 Honorable Mention
“Analysis of the Criminal Investigations of Richard Sagerstein and Theodore Kaczynski with a Focus on Explosives”
“The Chacoan World Identity: Its Origin, Evolution, and Image in the Modern Day”
"Ritual Renewal in Ancestral Puebloan Societies: Collective Memory and Social Control"
Tessa de Oliveira
"From Trolls to Trans: A History of the Changeling"
2011 Honorable Mention
“Masonic Ideas in Mozart’s The Magic Flute”
“Go in Pi: Mathematical and Thematic Elements”
“Michelangelo’s Rome Pietà: How the Physical ‘Lies’ Reveal Philosophical ‘Truths’”
“Race, Religion, and Language: The Epistolary Mode in The Color Purple”
2010 Honorable Mention
“The New Women’s Shuffle Dance Song: A Fusion of Traditions”
“Mill, Medicalization, and Individuality”
The Upside of Turbulence
Evidence of a Silurian Ocean in Michigan
Power of the Poet
The Howl of Inspiration: Yelling Mathematicians and their Creations
Modeling Salinity in the Ogallala Aquifer
Egyptian Feminism: The Effects of the State, Popular Trends and Islamism on the Women’s Movement in Egypt
Reflections on Machiavelli in the Changing Moral Context
2008 Honorable Mention
The Mirror’s Revelation
Reactions to the Mexican Oil Expropriation
Transcendent Truths: The Literary Classics of Boeithus and Goethe
Thinking Sociologically-Background and Environmental Activism
"The Highest Principle:" The Fractionalization of Mao Zedong's Red Guards
That Darker Side
2007 Honorable Mention
A History of the History of the Jewish Emancipation
Megan Van Aken
Gregor's "Little Legs"
“A Tale of Two Countrysides: Impositions of Culture and Nature in Daphnis and Chloe and Pride and Prejudice”
Kim Hurd, An Dang, Dan Lenzen, and Kristin Rider
“A Call to Action”
“Why the Majority of Americans are Wrong About Prayer in Public Schools”
2006 Honorable Mention
“Integrate for Efficiency: Traditional Yoruba Medicine in Nigeria”
"Novel Technique using Naturally Competent ADP1 to Clone Variable lux Genes via Homologous Recombination Tested"
"Carving the 'Old Trunk of Olive'/ Inventing a Path in the Sand: Narrative as Construction of Human Identity in The Odyssey and The Sand Child"
"Falling in Love with Pemberley, Falling in Love with Darcy: Elizabeth Bennet in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice"
"Pathologizing the Female Body: An Analysis of a Commercial Menstrual Product Website"
2005 Honorable Mention
"8086 miles (13014 kilometers) away"
"A Sunni Islamic Approach to Suffering"
"Serratia Exposed to UV Radiation Show Increase In Survival Capabilities"
"WWED: What Would Epicurus Do?
Epicurus, Happiness, and Psychology in Modern America"
"Story in the Floor Plan: Intentions and Familial Relationships through Spatial Relations in The Metamorphosis"
"The Inner Struggle of Empire"
"The Chechen Pursuit for Independence and the Role of Islam"
"Literary Conflict and Transformation in Kafka’s The Metamorphosis"
"The Vinland Map: The Controversy Continues"
"The Vinland Map: 15th Century Artifact or 20th Century Forgery?"
"Regarding Indefinite Administrative Detention"
E. Wilson Myers
"A Comparison of Nietzsche and the Death of God Theology"
"The Core of 'The Triangular Pear'"