To help us get to know you better, we ask you to write a story—a personal tale—about how a story or a storyteller has affected your life. Your story will be collected during orientation week and will help introduce you to your instructor.
In your story, include some of the following details: where you are from, your family, your interests, circumstances or events that have influenced who you are, what matters to you personally or academically. In this story, you must also draw connections between your life experience and at least two texts you have read in Common Reading: The Power of Stories. Here are some examples of ways your own story might connect with various texts:
The assignment should be typed, double-spaced, and 2-3 pages long. You do not need a works cited page, but as you will be paraphrasing (or quoting directly) from the book, please put last names of authors and page numbers in parentheses whenever referencing them in your story. Here's an example of how you might do this:
The story of my family’s struggle with poverty a role in who I am today, but “to insist on only these negative stories is to flatten my experience and to overlook the many other stories that formed me” (Adichie 44).
Write in your own voice! Even though this is an academic assignment, your tone should be closer to a personal essay than a formal essay. This is our chance to hear what you think about Susquehanna University's 2018-2019 theme, “The Power of Stories.”