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Warning: Feelings Ahead

Emotionally drained, in a good way.

This is not a frequent experience for me in college. Sometimes classes can be appreciated, in a distant, intellectual kind of way. Sometimes I am moved to laughter. But very rarely do I experience the higher and more vulnerable emotions in a classroom: awe, or even tears. I just got out of dramatic reading day in Susan Reese’s Writing from the Earth Class, where we all read our essays out loud.

Think This American Life, except it’s from your peers who are going through the same struggles as you. I was so blown away by the depth and talent of some of my peers, and I do not often give out compliments. A few students had to pause while they were reading to let their shaky voices settle down. I would pay money and consider it a good Saturday night to hear storytelling like that.

Topics ranged from frustrated love and female circumcision in Africa to growing up and finding yourself. Anyway, if you are in the mood for some touchy-feely stuff, as I secretly am sometimes, then take a personal essay class. I’ve experienced a lot of college, and yesterday’s class was one of the most memorable ones I’ve ever had.

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  1. Isaac, as I am a writer I found a lot of interest in your post. I have taken numerous writing classes at PSU. You mentioned, “Susan Reese’s Writing from the Earth Class”. Is this a specific class at PSU? Could you tell me the class name or designation, “WR 323″, etc. Is Susan Reeve’s the instructor? I would like to know more about this class and your experiences.

    Thanks a lot for your post.

    November 29, 2012
  2. Sure, it was WR 300, taught by Susan Reese. We wrote four personal essays. It was a pretty standard class until this last week when we did readings and it turned into a pretty awesome story slam. Granted they weren’t all great, but a few were terrific.

    November 29, 2012
  3. Thank you Isaac. This is one PSU writing class I have not taken. I will be sure to do so in the future. Thanks-

    November 29, 2012
  4. I’ve only taken Susan’s literature classes, but she’s always entertaining… I can see how she would be an excellent writing prof!

    November 29, 2012

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