Interpolations is a refereed online journal showcasing superior student writing from the English Department's First Year Writing Program. These essays represent the finest work--a combination of compelling ideas and outstanding writing--being produced by our academic community's newest members.
One of the purposes of an academic community is to facilitate the exchange of ideas between its members so that vibrant conversations can grow out of the perspectives in those members' work. This journal is an effort to foster our students' voices in the University of Maryland's ongoing academic discourse. In addition to the thought provoking essays that appear in the journal, there will eventually be forums for the entire university community to respond to these papers so that a real visible dialogue can occur in this space.
Dr. Linda Macri
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- Nabila Hijazi
- Mark Hoffman
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- Kimberly O'Connor
- Natalie Phillips
Spring 2010 Essays
Considering Another Side Essays
Direct-to-consumer Advertising of Prescription Drugs: Raising the Quality of Health Care
Over the past few decades, direct-to-consumer advertising has become a heated public issue among critics, physicians, and patients. In today’s society, it is nearly impossible to flip through a magazine or watch television without encountering some sort of prescription drug advertising.
Experience and Other Evidence Essays
Only One: Detriments of China’s One-Child Policy
The overpopulation problem is one of the main concerns in the People’s Republic of China. With a national population of over 1.3 billion and the continual increase of people, China is getting more and more crowded. Back in the 1960’s, overpopulation caused concerns from the Chinese government. Parents, especially those who were less educated, continued to have children despite the fact that they were poor and could not possibly support all of their children.
Experience as Evidence Essays
Questioning the Mind
The great English scholar Thomas Hewitt Key once said, “What is the mind? No matter. What is matter? Never mind” (Schwartz and Begley 21). He asks what the mind is and what the brain is and comes to the conclusion that it does not matter, because both will exist whether humans know what they are or not. This quote epitomizes the debate of what actually defines the mind. Is the mind the totality of conscious and unconscious processes and activities?
Final Research Essays
A Newtonian Perspective: Policing Systems
The world is a seemingly intricate sphere spiraling into inexplicable perplexity. However the intangible laws that govern the world are, in truth, quite simple. Newton once stated, “Every object in a state of uniform motion tends to remain in that state of motion unless an external force is applied to it” (Newton’s Three Laws of Motion). The same laws can be applied to society. We can compare the “object[s]” described by Newton with individuals of society.
Culture Threat and Media
In this new millennium, it would not be farfetched to conclude that efforts to remove past racial prejudices that unfairly handicapped African Americans, have been predominantly successful. Yet, even with the removal of racial prejudices, researchers have continued to recognize a visible academic achievement gap between middle class African Americans and other middle class races, primarily white Americans.
Inclusion or Separation?
Education can help foster an understanding of diversity, a crucial skill needed in our society in order to develop interpersonal relationships and learn how to cooperate with others in a civil manner. In analyzing a typical public school setting, classes often represent a diverse group of students. This diversity, among many other factors, can be manifested through race, religion, and ethnicity.
One Neuron at a Time
The human mind is the most complex entity that exists in the known universe. The mind is defined as a collection of neurons, or nerve cells, that continuously receive input from the outside world, process that information, and then send it to other neurons in order to give rise to the conscious and unconscious states experienced everyday by humans all around the planet. There are roughly 100 billion neurons, making tens of thousands of connections every second (Schwartz and Begley
Psychotherapy for All
With his heart racing as if it were keeping up with the beat of a steady African drum, Trevor walked into the waiting room for his first therapy session. After getting into an fight with another student and accidentally hitting the principal in the crossfire, he was forced to see a psychotherapist. Resentment was the only emotion his seven-year-old body could feel. He trudged into the room, head hanging low, mouth scrunched up in anger, and eyes glued to the floor.
Smart Growth: Envisioning a Healthier America
Hour long traffic jams, cookie-cutter suburban homes, strip malls with immense parking lots, and social stratification are all various results of America’s bad case of suburbanization. These emblems of America’s development exhibit how suburban sprawl has taken over our infrastructure and resulted in a turn for the worse. Many problems have arisen from the trends of suburban sprawl. Most notably, climate change is at the forefront of our generation’s issues; and increased personal car usag
Suicides Among Children with Terminal Illnesses
Children’s perception of death has been a great mystery to psychologists and to parents as well. Almost as prevalent are concerns about how survivors and sufferers of terminal illnesses perceive death and morbidity in their daily lives. Are they more mature or more morbid? Are they more determined to succeed or more prone to suicide? Many questions surround the victims of terminal illnesses, particular the young.