Academic Writing

Examining the Spirit World in Miyazaki Masterpieces

Director Hayao Miyazaki, celebrated across the globe for his works in Japanese animation, explores the themes and inner workings...

Nov 6 · 5 min read >

Handmaids: Social Satire and Dire Warning

Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel about social conformity and the oppression of women, The Handmaid’s Tale, has been a controversial...

Nov 5 · 4 min read >
Drawing of Handmaids from Atwood's novel

College Confidence, or a Lack Thereof

My experience adapting to Ventura College as a socially-anxious teen.

Nov 4 · 5 min read >

There is Benefit From the Truth

Teens may read the book, relate, and find humor in the fact that Junior actually admits to such a...

Nov 2 · 7 min read >
Cover of Alexie novel with a yellow slip challenging it

Defining Success

"I would like to pose the argument that success in academia and career is in no way at all...

Nov 1 · 6 min read >

The Mask, the Shield, and the Compass

Pride is the mask behind which we hide from our true nature and emotional burdens. This basic principle on...

Jun 16 · 6 min read >

A Child’s Impact on Romanticism

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne is teeming with countless elements that bombard the reader with Romantic and Gothic...

May 17 · 5 min read >

The Price of the Dream

            Since its publication in 1949, Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman has sparked...

May 3 · 5 min read >

The Prey of Pessimism

            The expanse of land stops abruptly, as though an omnipotent hand tore the...

May 3 · 3 min read >