Daily Archives: May 16, 2010

College Essays

This is an actual essay title from an essay I wrote for college: “How the Mind Creates Space for Personal Perspective: A Phenomenological Account of Deontology, and Its Interaction with the Impersonal.” If you wonder why I hated college, this is one good reason.

To be fair, after I handed that paper in, I wrote an e-mail apology to my professor for that god-awful title. As a believer in simplicity and clarity, it felt like an ethical violation to write such a monstrosity. I literally described it as a “sin” in my e-mail.

The rest of the essay was better-written, but my college experience often felt futile. No wonder I was such an existentialist.