First-Year Writing Contest


First-Year Writing Contest 2013

Document Type


Date of Award

Spring 2013

Author Comments

When I began writing this paper, I do not think I knew what I was getting myself into. The more I learned about the Egyptian people’s struggles, however, the more obsessed I became with conveying those struggles to the absolute best of my ability. I think that the greatest contribution to my success in writing this paper was the raw passion I felt about the subject. I put my heart and soul into what I wrote, and my motivation was far more for my own personal satisfaction than to simply get an A. The irony is that I chose my topic almost at random. I knew that I wanted to write about a recent revolution, and Egypt’s was the first that revealed itself to me when I began researching. I could not be happier that it did because studying the Egyptian revolution helped me to realize how uninformed I was about the true nature of politics in the Middle East and the importance of revolutionary events. This paper was, in fact, so influential in my academic life that it inspired me to finalize my decision to study international relations. I can only hope that I will be able to channel the passion I felt in writing about the Egyptian revolution into developing solutions for the real world.

Faculty Advisor

Siobhan Moroney



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