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Enrique's Journey: WiRE Essay Contest 2015

Please read the following information carefully.

Purpose: 

This essay competition is sponsored by Special Academic Programs, the Writing Center and Ethel K. Smith Library and encourages incoming first year students to read and write about the 2015-2016 WiRE book, Enrique’s Journey, and recognizes their engagement with the text. 

Eligibility: 

The essay contest is open to all first year students (including transfers) who enroll for the fall 2015 semester.

Rules of the Contest:

1. Each student may submit only one entry.
2. All essays must be typed, double-spaced with 1-inch margins, 12-point font (preferably Times New Roman). Title pages should not be included.
3. The essay should be 500-800 words in length and should be submitted electronically through OrgSync.
4. Submissions must be received via OrgSync by 10:00 PM on October 16, 2015
 

Prizes:

First prize: $500 Wingate University Outfitters gift card, recognition at the public address and VIP seating at the Friends of the Library luncheon on October 27
Second prize: $300 Wingate University Outfitters gift card, recognition at the public address and ticket to attend the Friends of the Library luncheon on October 27
Third prize: $100 Wingate University Outfitters gift card, recognition at the public address on and ticket to attend the Friends of the Library luncheon on October 27

 

Essay Prompt:

In some aspects, a student beginning college is like an immigrant. The student travels to a new, unfamiliar place in hopes of eventually finding the "better life" that a college degree affords. Enrique, the immigrant in Enrique's Journey, takes great risks and endures many hardships and threats in his journey to find his mother, and ultimately, to stay in the United States, as do a great number of women and children. Consider what motivates Enrique and compare those motivations to those of the typical, American student beginning a college career.

A successful essay will:

  • Maintain a clear purpose throughout the entire essay
  • Express a unique perspective
  • Contain a strong, central thesis
  • Use relevant, detailed evidence from the books
  • Demonstrate coherent and unified paragraphs
  • Contain correct grammar and punctuation
  • Share YOUR story, viewpoints and perceptions. (Please refrain from retelling the story. Essay reviewers will have read the book.)

 

 


This form closed on October 16, 2015 10:00 PM EDT