Exemplification Essay

Will Rolfsen

2/21/13

Professor Sims

Comp. 1

College Pressures

In today’s world, many young adults struggle to find a good school that they can afford and be confident that they can secure a well-paying job afterwards. They begin to worry that they won’t have the money to pay for college, job security, and the feeling of overall security for the future. Young adults today are overall not getting the jobs they are guaranteed due to shortage of jobs and improper training in college.

When you start the process of searching for colleges, it can be stressful on you. Teens have to visit numerous schools, pay for applications and then still keep pushing on through high school. They start to get to the end of high school and begin to checkout, they feel they have been accepted to a college and get the feeling that they don’t need to try. What they don’t realize is that colleges watch your grades even to the end. These people have to take out loans for school to help pay for classes and admission, they don’t have the money so they go into debt to pay for school. Even years after they graduate from college, people will continue to pay off their ever growing loan debt.

Modern Education and the business industry have changed a lot over the years. Companies are becoming more competitive in the hiring process and are demanding higher and more advanced degrees for their jobs. Young adults are feeling the pressure when it comes time to study because they have so much to do and today it’s gotten much harder. “The pressure is almost as heavy on students who just want to graduate and get a job. Long gone are the days of the “gentlemen’s C,” when students journeyed through college with a certain relaxation, sampling a wide variety of courses — music, art, philosophy, classics, anthropology, poetry, religion — that would send them out as liberally educated men and women.”(Zinsser). School has to get harder in order for people to be successful when they get out into the real world and are searching for jobs.

The security for peoples future is something a lot of them want right away, they’re fresh out of college and they begin to get uncomfortable feelings that they won’t get jobs. They want to know right away if they’re going to have jobs, money, successful futures. It’s all in their head when they tell themselves they won’t make it or they won’t have enough money. All of the pressures of college come out of how stressful school gets and how emotional it makes people. It puts a lot on the table and makes great expectations out of people.

The pressures of college have a lot to do with people not knowing what will happen in their future. It’s difficult to know what you will do in the future, but you have to focus on what you like most and you will go from there. People want to know what they will do right from the get-go, and its affecting how they progress through college because they all have the pressure of succeeding under harsh circumstances. College isn’t easy anymore and more and more everyday young adults are being affected by it.

 

 

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Rhetorical Analysis Revised

Will Rolfsen

 

4/28/13

 

Professor Sims

 

Comp. 1

 

Rhetorical Analysis

 

In life we have challenges, sometimes we know how to approach it. When we don’t know or understand it, we back away and move to something else. The song I chose to analyze is “King and Lionheart” by Of Monsters and Men, it’s a song that describes how the fear and strength come out when someone is separated from someone that they really care about. In this song they deliver a strong message, they told the attacking horde that they are here to stay and won’t back away. It’s also about how the King and Lionheart get separated and are trying to reunite.

 

The main idea of this song is that when something bad is happening, they need to stay strong and fight through their struggle. The people in this song are fighting to find each other and at the same time they are fighting of an invading horde. They say even though they are separated that they are the same and won’t be affected by this incident, so when they are reunited everything will still be the same as it was before. They can go back to ruling their utopian empire and have everything back to the way it was.   “And as the world comes to an end I’ll be here to hold your hand ‘Cause you’re my king and I’m your lion-heart.” This verse shows how the Lionheart shows strength to find her King and be reunited with him. The King and Lionheart can represent anything from a King and queen to a brother and sister. Either way they are set to find each other and make things right in the end.

 

This song is very moving when they use the verse, “That we won’t run, and we won’t run, and we won’t run.” And then they use, “We’re here to stay, we’re here to stay, we’re here to stay.” It sends out a message to the reader and listener that they can depend on them to stay and fight and be reunited in time. The message really shows that if you’re looking for someone that you will find them in time. Be patient and you will find them. When you’re looking for something you will have the courage to find it and bring it back with you.

 

Every line has its own ideas, and then at the bottom the ideas from the lyrics above are repeated to an extent. They start off saying how the invading horde is waiting off the shore to attack. When the horde attacks it then goes on to say how everyone looks scared and they believe that there’s no going back. The two of them, King and Lionheart, become separated. The love they have for each other will help them become closer and closer to finding each other because of their urge to be back together.

 

All together this song is telling us to never stop fighting and gain more strength than we had to help us achieve our ultimate goal of being reunited with the other person we love and care about. It’s all the song is saying is when we fall on hard times to not be brought down with it and try to make everything better one by one. The writers want you to feel the sadness and sorrow for what happened to them when they felt the pain of separation, they also want you to feel the strength they gain to find the courage to find the other person in their life they love most.

 

 

 

   “ Taking over this town, they should worry,
But these problem aside I think I taught you well.
That we won’t run, and we won’t run, and we won’t run.

 

And in the winter night sky ships are sailing,
Looking down on these bright blue city lights.
And they won’t wait, and they won’t wait, and they won’t wait.
We’re here to stay, we’re here to stay, we’re here to stay.

 

Howling ghost they reappear
In mountains that are stacked with fear
But you’re a king and I’m a lion-heart.
A lion-heart.

 

His crown lid up the way as we moved slowly
Pass the wondering eyes of the ones that were left behind.
Though far away, though far away, though far away
We’re still the same, we’re still the same, we’re still the same.

 

Howling ghost they reappear
In mountains that are stacked with fear
But you’re a king and I’m a lion-heart.
And in the sea that’s painted black,
Creatures lurk below the deck
But you’re a king and I’m a lion-heart.
And as the world comes to an end
I’ll be here to hold your hand
‘Cause you’re my king and I’m your lion-heart.
A lion-heart, a lion-heart, a lion-heart, a lion-heart
A lion-heart, a lion-heart, a lion-heart, a lion-heart

 

Howling ghost they reappear
In mountains that are stacked with fear
But you’re a king and I’m a lion-heart.
And in the sea that’s painted black,
Creatures lurk below the deck
But you’re a king and I’m a lion-heart.
A lion-heart, a lion-heart, a lion-heart, a lion-heart”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Work Cited

 

 

 

“King And Lionheart” Lyrics.” OF MONSTERS AND MEN LYRICS. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Apr. 2013. <http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/ofmonstersandmen/kingandlionheart.html&gt;.

 

 

 

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My Brand

Whether its Levi’s or Giant, I have many brands that represent my brand. I have had a lot of different brands, but there are some that have stuck out to me. BMW, it is the brand of my favorite cars, and race cars. I love watching racing and cheering on team BMW. I love Giant bicycles, it’s the brand of my road bike and my favorite Pro- Cycling team. Levi’s are the brand of the jeans I’ve worn my whole life. These are the brands that make up my brand and make me who I am.

My First

My first car, ever since I was little I couldn’t wait to drive. I’ve always enjoyed watching races and looking at cars. When I turned 16, I got my license and my first car. It was my brothers old ’99 BMW 323i. I fell in love with it, I named it Sauerkraut. Driving a German sports sedan that has a 5 speed manual transmission is an amazing experience. My first car was one of the most amazing times in my life. Whether it was putting a new suspension on it, or changing the breaks. I loved my first car. Unfortunately since I have been away at school my brother has been driving it, and he got in a wreck and totaled it. I will miss my first car, but I will always have good memories of driving it.

Argumentative Essay Final

Will Rolfsen

4/23/13

Professor Sims

Comp. 1

Argumentative Essay

The death penalty is the U.S.’s form of capital punishment. It’s used on criminals who have the worst crimes and who deserve the worst punishment, being deprived of their right to live. In the U.S. alone there are more people executed than any other country, this shows how the use of capital punishment is seen throughout the world. Many countries have abolished it since the 20th century.

People who are able to be executed must be 18 years or older. Any younger and that is illegally killing a juvenile. The death penalty in the U.S. is a very controversial subject and since so many support it, it’s going to keep happening. It’s currently only used in five countries: China, Yemen, Iran, North Korea…. United States of America. This is meant to serve justice to evil people for their heinous crimes. The U.S. is on a list with four other countries, two of which are nations with truly evil governments who oppress their people. The U.S. shouldn’t be on that list.

The death penalty has been used in America ever since the English sailed across the Atlantic and settled in Virginia. It was already used it England before and it was brought over. The English have heavily influenced our death penalty laws and the ways we carry it out. Since the death penalty was established, seventeen states have abolished it. While some of the states were attempting to abolish it, there were inmates who were still on death row due to appeals not being retroactive(deathpenaltyinfo.org). Along with the U.S. government, and U.S. military there are 33 states that still actively use the death penalty(deathpenaltyinfo.org).

In the U.S. every year there are many executions, most of them nowadays are done by lethal injection. Some states still use more painful ways of execution, electrocution, hanging, firing squad, gas chamber. These methods of execution are all terrible. The criminals who have committed these crimes may have done horrible things, but they don’t deserve to die like that. They can have life without parole instead. Executions aren’t anything to be happy about, no one should have to hear about it, witness or even participate in them. Capital punishment is wrong and no one should have to go through with it.

Capital punishment is a very serious subject because there are so many executions in the U.S. that you have to look at multiple sheets of paper with names to get an idea of how many there are. Executions aren’t worth it, if you’re trying to prove a point by killing them, it’s not going to prove anything. Execution in a sense is an easier way out, if you give them life in prison they will begin to feel the pain and suffering more. The death penalty is a horrible act and deserves to be abolished and replaced with better terms for the criminals.    

Work Cited

“Death Penalty Info” deathpenaltyinfo.org. <http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/part-i-history-death-penalty#intro&gt; N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Apr. 2013.

“Death Penalty Facts.” Amnestyusa.org. USA Death Penalty Abolition Campaign, May 2012. Web. 27 Apr. 2013. <http://www.amnestyusa.org/pdfs/DeathPenaltyFactsMay2012.pdf&gt;.

N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Apr. 2013.

 

Argumentative Draft

 

Argumentative Draft

The death penalty is the U.S.’s form of capital punishment. It’s used on criminals who have the worst crimes and who deserve the worst punishment, being deprived of their right to live. In the U.S. alone there are more people executed than any other country, this shows how the use of capital punishment is seen throughout the world. Many countries have abolished it since the 20th century.

People who are able to be executed must be 18 years or older, below that is illegally killing a juvenile. The death penalty in the U.S. is a very controversial subject and since so many support it, it’s going to keep happening. It’s currently only used in five countries, China, Yemen, Iran, North Korea…. United States of America. This is meant to serve justice to evil people for their heinous crimes, when one of the truly evil countries are the ones doing it. The U.S. is on a list with four other countries, two of which are nations with truly evil governments who oppress their people. The U.S. shouldn’t be on that list.

The death penalty has been used in America ever since the English sailed across the Atlantic and settled in Virginia. It was already used it England before and it was brought over. The English have heavily influenced our death penalty laws and the ways we carry it out. Since the death penalty was established, seventeen states have abolished it. While some of the states were attempting to abolish it, there were inmates who were still on death row due to appeals not being retroactive. Along with the U.S. government, and U.S. military there are 33 states that still actively use the death penalty.

In the U.S. every year there are many executions, most of them nowadays are done by lethal injection. Some states still use more painful ways of execution, electrocution, hanging, firing squad, gas chamber. These methods of execution are all terrible. The criminals who have committed these crimes may have done horrible things, but they don’t deserve to die like that. They can have life without parole instead. Executions aren’t anything to be happy about, no one should have to hear about it, witness or even participate in them. Capital punishment is wrong and no one should have to go through with it.

Capital punishment is a very serious subject because there are so many executions in the U.S. that you have to at multiple sheets of paper to get an idea of how many there are. Executions aren’t worth it, if you’re trying to prove a point by killing them, it’s not going to prove anything. Execution in a sense is an easier way out, If you give them life in prison they will begin to feel the pain and suffering more. The death penalty is a horrible act and deserves to be abolished and replaced with better terms for the criminals.    

 

 

Aside

Argumentative Essay Outline

 

 

  1. Introduction. The death penalty is a common practice among the U.S. states. It’s often reserved for the worst of criminals. Is it actually used on the worst? Is it necessary to use on them? Capital Punishment is how the U.S. executes its criminals.

 

Thesis: By committing a serious crime or not, people are being sentenced to death all over the U.S. because of the crimes they commit. This form of capital punishment isn’t benefiting anything.

  1. What is The death penalty?
    1. Only people 18+ years can be sentenced to death.
    2. It is only used in five countries.
      1. China, Iran, Yemen, North Korea…….United States.
      2. Meant to serve justice to evil people and punish them for their heinous crimes.
  2. Establishment in the U.S.
    1. This has been used ever since the first settlers came over from England.
      1. Britain has influenced America heavily with its death penalty laws.
      2. There are 17 states that have abolished the death penalty
        1. As New Mexico was abolishing it, two inmates were still sentenced to death due to the repeal not being retroactive.
      3. There are 33 states who still actively use the death penalty.
        1. The U.S. government and U.S. military also use the death penalty.
  3. Death Penalty suspended.
    1. The death penalty was suspended in the U.S. in 1972 aftera series of hearings and descisions stating that it was unconstitutional.  
    2. It was reinstated in 1976 after a series of statutes and hearings.
  4. Conclusion
    1. The death penalty is a very serious issue. Many people have been wrongfully executed and accused and convicted wrongfully.
    2. It’s a major flaw in the U.S. court system.