As I enter the
classroom, I knew I was different. I was
the small petite boy wearing these blue frame glasses with a twin sister. I had never been away from my twin sister, however, this school year the principal thought it was in the best interest
that we need a separate classroom. Adjusting to school with structured activities
and schedules was difficult for me because sitting still was not for me and my
brain needed constancy movement.
I remember my
second-grade teacher getting up upset with me because I could not remember my
sight words once it was presented in a book.
Around this time, my mother had me in and out of the doctor’s office
trying to figure out why I was struggling in school. It was frustrating to have to do all those
developmental assessments and why did the other kids made fun of me when I
stumbled ad stuttered trying to interpret the words on paper. I felt angry and
frustrated, I hated going to school. Of course, the teacher’s solution was to
retain me. Thank god, my mother fought
I think back to
that crazy summer in between second grade and third grade. My mother had me with every reading coach and
tutor that she could afford in the Charlotte area. One of the coolest things,
about that summer, was that one of my reading tutor’s office was inside a barn.
It’s was nice being in nature with the animals, trying to learn how to
read. I just wanted to imagine that one of
the horses could read to me like Mister Ed from the TV Show that I remember
watching with my mother once.
It was not until mid-July of 2012, that my
life changed forever. My mother had applied for my sister and I to go to Union
Academy, a charter school. I remember my
mother picking us up from summer camp and explained that we had less than 24
hours before we started our new school.
Union Academy changed my life forever.
I remember walking
into Mrs. Kothera’s third-grade class still being one of the smallest boys in
class however, it was my fresh start and maybe I could hide my learning
disability. Mrs. Kothera was a senior
teacher and took me under her wings. She instilled the confidence I need in
myself. Since I had no trouble with
math and at that time was ahead of the class in Math. She would call upon me to
show the class, how to do a math problem. Over the next year, I learned how to persevere
through my challenges.
I remember going into Middle School, I had to complete intelligence tests. Have you ever had
to complete an intelligence test? It’s
the most borings thing in life. Having
to sit there and answer questions after questions. The results were the same as the prior years,
that reading and writing I was below average and math/problem-solving skills
were above average. I remember feeling
disappointed that I was still coming out below average in reading. All my hard work, and still no change in my
My disability has
brought challenges but over the years. I don’t think I would change anything
about myself. It’s still struggling with reading and writing, and I had to work
twice as hard to utilize accommodation to be a successful student. My mother always told me that my learning
disability does not define me and who I may become. I can tell you that it
has taught me perseverance, endurance, and resilience. You know if life was easy, I would never learn
those things. All the obstacles I have had over the years have made me who I am,
to never give up on myself and my dreams.
One day, I hope to
run into that second-grade teacher that didn’t believe in me and I can be able
to say that I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2026
and that I’m working for a big successful engineering firm.
The Frankenstein Application Essay
Literary works like Frankenstein explore the “human condition” or experiences that humans encounter. The study guides for Frankenstein offer several “Real Life Considerations” meant to help you critically analyze the applications of the work’s themes in today’s world. Now, you will choose one of these topics and explore it using secondary resources to learn more about the novel and its relevant social topics. You might find information about social issues in familiar sources such as magazines, newspapers, or social science journals. Make sure your sources are credible – you do not want a random website or an encyclopedic website such as Wikipedia.2 Your sources will preferably be scholarly ones. Here are some ideas of places where you might find appropriate sources for this assignment:
Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/ (note that this is different from regular Google)
Microsoft Academic Search: http://academic.research.microsoft.com/
Cornell University’s arXiv (open access sources in math, biology, physics, and other fields): http://arxiv.org/
Bielefeld Academic Search Engine (BASE): https://www.base-search.net/
Your local library
Your thesis statement and paper must address both the literary qualities and the social issues as you evaluate the novel, Frankenstein. However, keep in mind, your essay does not have to answer ALL of the questions listed under each topic. Only answer the questions you feel are the most relevant to the thesis statement you choose. Develop your essay so it has a clear introduction, body, and conclusion. Ensure that each of your claims is supported with valid evidence from the novel, Frankenstein, and at least three other credible external sources.3
Using proper MLA style, insert parenthetical citations and signal phrases for all borrowed information in addition to a Works Cited page for Frankenstein and your chosen external sources.
You have several options for this assignment:
Option #1: Can science go too far?
There is an ongoing battle between faith or spirituality and science that has been active even before the time of Mary Shelley. What are some of the dilemmas she addresses that are still important today? What are some of the ethical questions she brings up regarding the scientific definition of life and death? What does she illustrate about the power science has to blur the line between life and death? What is a current news item that is similar to this issue?
Hint: Develop a thesis that answers a question like this one: “How and how well does Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein address ethical issues of science and/or faith for audiences, regardless of when they read the novel?”
Option #2: Discovery
Both Frankenstein and Walton are trying to discover something important to them. What parts of their real lives drive them to discovery? Does that drive still exist today? While we’ve mapped the globe, are there still geographical places for people to explore? In science, are people still trying to discover the meaning of life, how to save life, and how to defeat death? What methods do they use? Are there better ways to accomplish these goals than others? What are some of today’s motivations for discovery?
Note: Develop a thesis that answers questions like this one: “How and how well does Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein address human discovery as a theme?”
Option #3: World Perception and Prejudice
Reread the paragraph where the creature describes the book from which Felix teaches Safie. It begins: “The book from which Felix instructed Safie was Volney’s Ruins of Empires…”
What are some of the perceptions and prejudices from the book that Felix teaches Safie? How have these perceptions and prejudices changed, if they have, in today’s society? What are some present-day situations and references that may claim a lack of prejudice or an open-mindedness, but, in fact, are still very prejudiced, racist, sexist, etc.? Why do you think these situations still happen? Can anything be done about it?
Hint: Develop a thesis that answers a question like this one: “How and how well does Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein address human prejudice in the world throughout time?”
Option #4: Personal Perception
It could be argued that the creature did not consider itself a monster and didn’t do awful things until people treated him like a monster. What are some real-world instances in which people’s actions could be a reaction to abuse from others? Who do you feel is accountable in these situations? Why?
Hint: Develop a thesis that answers a question like this one: “How and how well does Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein address the effect of peer perceptions on personal development?”
Option #5: Death and Suicide
At the end of the book, the creature promises to destroy himself. Is this a justifiable end for him? Could he have been redeemed? Would he have had a place in the world of Shelley’s novel? How could this relate to current-day issues like suicide or the death penalty?
Hint: Develop a thesis that answers a question like this one: “How and how well does Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein address the value of an individual’s life and death?”
Option #6: Nature vs. Nurture
The creature argues that had someone properly guided him, he would not have been so wretched. Frankenstein4 argues that the creature was evil to begin with, so it would have been useless to teach him at all. What are some current debates – especially in education – where these kinds of arguments still arise? How much of behavior of you think is based on nature (how a person IS) and how much is based on nurture (what a person LEARNS or EXPERIENCES)? What examples from the present support your opinion? What do you feel is the truth? Why?
Hint: Develop a thesis that answers a question like this one: “How and how well does Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein address existing personality traits versus how a person is taught to act?”
Option #7: Feminism
The feminist perspective is often explored in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. How are the women characters treated in the novel? What perceptions of women did Shelley use and comment on? How did she handle the theme of motherhood?
Hint: Develop a thesis that answers a question like this one: “How and how well does Mary Shelley incorporate responses to feminist issues into the novel, Frankenstein?”
The guidelines for this assignment are as follows:
Header: Include a header in the upper left-hand corner of your writing assignment with the following information:
Your first and last name
Course Title (Composition II)
Assignment name (Frankenstein Application Essay)
MLA-style source documentation and Works Cited5
Your last name and page number in the upper-right corner of each page
Standard font (Times New Roman, Calibri)
Title, centered after heading
1″ margins on all sides
Save the file using one of the following extensions: .docx, .doc, .rtf, or .txt
Length: This assignment should be at least 750 words.
Underline your thesis statement in the introductory paragraph.
Mistakes and failure are bad. Write an essay where you challenge this self-belief. Explain how failure is not a defeat, as society makes us believe, but an opportunity. Failure is an integral part of our life and, for this reason, from the bottom you can always take a push and get much higher. Even though I used to believe that failure and mistakes were bad, I decided to question my ideas. Develop this as an example (you can change it, add or remove things as yo do see fit): I remember my french test at the beginning of second semester. On February 22, 2021 I was called by my teacher to take an oral test about encyclopedie ou dictionnaire raisonné des sciences des arts et des metiers, enlightenment and Molière. I studied hard for that test so I went back to my seat confident and self-assured, with a big smile on my face. I believe I have done well enough that my mark would have been phenomenal indeed, and I’ll be able to have the GPA I was aiming for. However, I had no idea I was about to receive a frustrated result – a result that made me feel useless. For days I saw the failure as a catastrophe, earring the outcome my heart dropped all the way down to the deepest part of the earth. “How is it possible?” I questioned myself over and over again; “There is no such thing called future for me, no matter how hard I work it will just be as unfortunate as this test” was the sentence that kept repeating in my head. When a few weeks later the teacher announced the people who had to improve their evaluation, I froze. There were any other Claudia Cossu in my class? No, to my huge joy only me. With my stomach in knots, zero confidence in myself and my heart on the verge of a heart attack I made my way in front of the class. There’s no way I could do this. Where do my doubts even come from? Not even I know it, no one ever told me “If you fail there will be no other opportunities”. There was no one who was making fun of me, not even any raised eyebrows implying I was completely out of my depth. What was I going to do?
I started answering the questions. There was nothing else to do; no time to question it or come up with an excuse. Sometimes challenging an idea or belief is as easy as drinking a glass of water. It wasn’t a conscious “Now I’m going to challenge all the doubts and insecurities I have”. I just started answering. For someone who has never seen beyond failure, I was quite proud and happy that I had the opportunity to improve my mark. At that moment I didn’t care about the grade I’d get, the only thing I cared about was that I had proved myself wrong. Failure was not a catastrophe, but an opportunity to put yourself in the game. I’m more than sure that there is a sort of lesson to be learned here, something like “ even the smartest and most hardworking ones fail. Admit that you’ve failed, share the burden and learn that there is a second chance”. But that’s not the important moral of the story, at least not for me. I discovered I wasn’t always right. I learned that I was too critical of myself, too cruel, too hard and unforgiving. No, I’m not going to win the Olympics as “best positive mind”. No, I’m not going to stop being as ambitious or stubborn as Steve Jobs. But, once I stopped viewing failure and mistakes as a bad thing I surprised myself. And that’s surely something I’m carrying with me into my future: the ability to shut off those annoying voices in my head, and to just go big or go home.
“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all—in which case you fail by default.” – J.K Rowling speech at Harvard University, 2008. (use this quote)
Describe the situation, discuss the process, and tell the outcome
Deep-seabed mining – Advantages and challenges of extracting manganese nodules from the ocean floor under technical, ecological and economic considerations.
Word count: max. 2000 words (Declaration of authorship not considered)
The use and impact of 3D printing technology in the future.
Word count: max. 2000 words (Declaration of authorship not considered)
Please include a cover page and the statutory declaration (template on the following page of this document)
Style: Research proposal, please base your work on an appropriate number of scientific sources and include a bibliography
Quoting style: your choice, please use one quoting style consistently
Font: Times New Roman
Font Size: 12
Margins: 2 cm
Line spacing: 1.5
Essay Question: What impact do you hope to have on the world and how will STEM play a role in making that impact?* (4000 characters or less)
Note: I want to be a surgeon, not sure what type yet. Environmental issues are important to me– recycling, clean air; and global warming.
FYI: Governor’s STEM Scholars Eligibility Requirements To be considered for the Governor’s STEM Scholars, applicants must: • Be a sophomore in high school through doctoral level as of Fall 2021; • Be enrolled in a high school, college or university, • Have a 3.5 cumulative GPA or higher; and • Show a strong commitment to STEM in New Jersey