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Best First-Year Experience Essays Published

From music to math, geology to German history, this year's collection of Best First-Year Experience Essays features 18 essays written by students during their First-Year Experience courses in 2014-15.

In previous years, the Best of FYE Essays online collection highlighted a few essays selected by the writing committee from those nominated by faculty as representative of the best work from their FYE courses. This year, however, the committee sought to celebrate the breadth of work done by the college's First-Year Experience students by publishing all 18 nominated essays. The 2014-15 essays reflect the discipline, style, and scope of coursework at Colorado College.

From interpretive explorations of classic literature and philosophy, to well-researched discussions of Japanese culture and geological formations, to suggestions for PTSD treatment and improving urban food accessibility, these essays reflect not only the wide range of topics covered in FYE courses but also the original ideas, sophisticated analysis, and hard work that goes into CC students' writing.

The Best of FYE Essays highlights the importance placed on good writing across Colorado College. The writing committee notes that writing well is a lifelong endeavor, saying "None of us, from first-year student to professor, is ever finished with the process of learning how to write." Committee members are Associate Professor of History Jane Murphy, chair; Tracy Santa, director of the Writing Center and the Writing Program; Sara Luther Labrie '02, alumni relations coordinator; Roy Jo Sartin, Writing Center specialist; Jessie DuBreuil, director of the First-Year Experience Program; Brenna Swift '09, professional tutor at the Colket Writing Center; and Sarah Milteer, Colket Writing Center staff assistant.

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