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Our society continues to evolve over time to accommodate, and adapt to, each passing generation’s aspirations and demands. One persistent theme and trend across these different generations, however, is the pressure to conform, alter, and change yourself according to generally accepted ideals. Within us all is the familiarity with this pressure to conform to the expectations of others, regardless of who they may be (parents, siblings, friends, teachers) and what their expectations might hold for us. These expectations manifest differently for everyone, for different reasons, with different outcomes, whether they are academic expectations, societal expectations or gender expectations. But from where do those expectations stem? What benefits or costs do they hold in giving in to them, and in letting them go? As Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
We are delighted to extend our call for submissions for the Spring 2023 issue of Inkblot, the Writing Center Journal. Our theme for the year is “Staying True to Yourself.” Anything that can be connected to this theme is fair game! Tell us a story, in any format you believe best fits, related to the quote in bold above in any way; the range is limitless, from scientific, academic, and research papers to reflections, diary entries, and personal essays. If you have written about this particular theme in your courses, submission of that coursework is also acceptable. If you have already written about this theme for courses, you can also submit your coursework.
Your writing should not exceed 1800 words (Times New Roman 12 double spaced, including references).
Please let us know if you have any questions. Hoping to hear from you soon!
The Writing Center Staff