The Valpo Core Reader


Rachel Williams

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Portfolio Introduction Essay

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If an incoming freshman were to come up to me and ask how I felt about CORE, I would have to tell them the truth- it's hard. More than that, though, it makes you think. Thinking, in my opinion, is not done enough by my generation. We have machines that can do all of our thinking. However, after I decided to sit back and go with flow I found that the thinking might not be such a bad idea. I feel like CORE helped me immensely strengthen my writing techniques and abilities. For example, before CORE, I had rarely let anyone read or discuss any of my papers. I still maintain that my first peer review was somewhat close to being on trial for murder; but now, after surviving multiple peer reviews, I am much more aware what my strength and weakness are.