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A Morning Walk

Editor’s Note: 

This post is a personal essay written for Colette Weber’s  sophomore English class. From the assignment: “Philip Lopate in The Art of the Personal Essay sees the hallmark of the personal essay as its intimacy.  He says, ‘The writer seems to be speaking directly into you ear, confiding everything from gossip to wisdom.  Through sharing thoughts, memories, desires, complaints, and whimsies, the personal essayist sets up a relationship with the reader, a dialogue—a friendship, if you will, based on identification, understanding, testiness, and companionship.’”

by Dana ’17

While most people can enjoy the luxury of sleeping in on a Saturday morning, I have to get up by 6:30 in order to get myself ready for a busy morning of work outside. Since it’s wintertime, the first sleepy rays of the sun have just begun to peak out over the horizon, casting a low light over campus. Checking the day’s temperature, I shiver just from thinking about the intense cold waiting for me outside. One layer quickly becomes three, which then becomes a total of five layers with a scarf on top. Finally, I feel ready to face the outdoors. I quickly walk down the stairs of the dorm, trying not to let my footsteps, made heavier by snow boots, echo too loudly. Leaving the dorm so early seems wrong at first, as though I’m running away from home, or going against the schedule that everyone else tries to follow. I always worry that I’ll wake someone up, and be confronted about why I want to leave so soon. Continue reading

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