To continue the theme from my tales of Fall Breaks past, I shall outline Fall Break: Junior Year Edition.
I think I’ve mentioned my Irish Lit class. Here is the full situation in bullet-pointed, semi-logical, stream-of-consciousness style:
- Senior English Lit majors at Butler must present a senior essay.
- I am currently registered as having a secondary major in English literature.
- I will almost certainly complete an English minor.
Following so far? Good.
- I signed up for EN 493-51, Contemporary Irish Literature,
- Which turned out to be a Senior Seminar,
- Which is not to say there are only senior English majors (we have a healthy sprinkling of graduate students, senior education majors with a concentration in English, and junior English majors),
- But which includes a long research essay that is mandatory for the senior English majors, since they need that long paper to graduate.
Still following? Okay, deep breath… in we plunge:
- Those who aren’t senior English majors (i.e. the vast majority of the class) have the option not to write the long paper.
- We can turn in two shorter essays, each about ten pages, instead.
- The first essay is due when the long paper’s annotated bibliography and abstract are due.
- (Which is this coming Monday).
- The second essay is due when the long paper is due.
- This means that one cannot decide at the last minute to write two shorter essays.
- Past this Monday, we are Committed. Capitalization is fully intentional.
Thus we have the situation. What do I decide to do? Write the long paper. Why?
- If I do miraculously finish the requirements for the English major, I will need that paper.
- I am extremely verbose. Length is not so much an issue for me.
- It might actually be more difficult to develop and research two separate ideas. (Except that happened unintentionally, but this is a different story.)
- It would be good practice.
- I want to see if I can do it.Does this line of reasoning make sense? I guess we will find out come Monday. I am staying on campus this Fall Break to research and start to write this behemoth of a project. Reader-theory, here I come! I’m currently reading this. Next to the dictionary my high school English department gave me.