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Deeper Than Roots, Braelyn D. Spencer Nov 2016

Deeper Than Roots, Braelyn D. Spencer

All NMU Master's Theses

This collection of essays explores the author’s relationship with home. The author works through family, death, relationships, illness, and growth. The essays consist of an analysis of rooms within a house, the act of burying loved ones, and discovering what it is to move away. These essays aim to mix retellings of everyday events and relationships with deep personal turmoil and the growth that result from it.


Olive In An Oak Grove: A Novel, Haley Quinton Aug 2016

Olive In An Oak Grove: A Novel, Haley Quinton

Honors College Capstone Experience/Thesis Projects

Olive Delaney has not seen her dysfunctional family in seven years, but now she has to return to her childhood home in Louisiana because her father is dying. She is reunited with her simultaneously strict-but-absent parents, her twin brother, Hugo, with whom she was once close but has now grown apart, and her childhood best friend and possible lost love, Owen. Olive must learn how to be part of her family again while also dealing with the problems and family secrets of the past. The novella shuttles back and forth in time--every other chapter contains an event from Olive’s ...


What Keeps Me Going, Marco Ramirez Aug 2016

What Keeps Me Going, Marco Ramirez

First-Gen Voices: Creative and Critical Narratives on the First-Generation College Experience

Marco Ramirez has made it halfway through his college career. It hasn’t been the easiest for him, but something has helped him to keep pushing forward. As he reflects on his life, Ramirez is reminded what that something is: his love for his family and his passion for theme parks.


Border Living, Michelle Quintero Aug 2016

Border Living, Michelle Quintero

First-Gen Voices: Creative and Critical Narratives on the First-Generation College Experience

As a Colombian-American, Michelle Quintero experiences the challenge of border living when she travels to Colombia after a long wait of ten years. She is faced with the struggle of feeling like an outcast in her own home. After numerous times of trying to fit into one culture, she realizes that she does not need to label herself with just one identity.


The Border Between Us, Cindy Dominguez Aug 2016

The Border Between Us, Cindy Dominguez

First-Gen Voices: Creative and Critical Narratives on the First-Generation College Experience

In a trip to the Mexican-American border, Cindy Dominguez comes face to face with the wall that separates thousands of families and is responsible for many deaths of those seeking better lives. Through this encounter, she recollects her own experience with immigration and reflects upon how much her life has changed. Reminiscing about her childhood in El Salvador, Dominguez comes to terms with her how her past has influenced her goals as a first-generation college student.


My Road To Success, Greylin Corona Estévez Aug 2016

My Road To Success, Greylin Corona Estévez

First-Gen Voices: Creative and Critical Narratives on the First-Generation College Experience

Ana Laura is a young Latin girl with a strong desire to learn and get an education. This attitude has made her develop a personality that is not very accepted among those around her. With the constant feeling of not belonging, she never stops until she finds herself graduated from high school. In this stage of her life, she struggles between the two ideas of success handed down to her by her parents—one is getting money; the other is getting an education. She continues until she sees herself with her degree in her hand and a grateful heart.


Fear, Megan Castillo Aug 2016

Fear, Megan Castillo

First-Gen Voices: Creative and Critical Narratives on the First-Generation College Experience

In this narrative, author Megan Castillo recounts her experiences growing up as a child. She expounds on the challenges she faced while struggling with the idea of overcoming her fears. However, after traveling to a new country for the very first time, Megan Castillo realized that through education and gaining knowledge, the possibilities were infinite.


Check The Box Marked Other: Exploring Gender In Family Life, Serenity E. Dougherty May 2016

Check The Box Marked Other: Exploring Gender In Family Life, Serenity E. Dougherty

All NMU Master's Theses

The concept of a traditional family structure has been fading over the last 50 years and with this decline the notion of responsibilities being determined by gender is also losing ground, though it still has a long way to go. This short story collection works to continue to normalize the increasing variety of family structures, especially variety that has its roots in new notions of gender challenging old conventions. The stories are all set in Nebraska, an ideal landscape for exploring tradition versus modernity. Though there are major cities in NE, most of the state is composed of smaller rural ...


Grieve If You Want, Travis Scott Ray May 2016

Grieve If You Want, Travis Scott Ray

Theses and Dissertations

This collection of short stories is trying to say something about empathy. It’s trying to connect with readers in an effort to convey some small kind of emotion the characters are experiencing. It’s about the difficulty we all have connecting and communicating with each other and ourselves.


Eyebrows: A Collection Of Stories About That Family You Saw In Aldi's Last Week, Wesley D. Pena Apr 2016

Eyebrows: A Collection Of Stories About That Family You Saw In Aldi's Last Week, Wesley D. Pena

Senior Honors Theses

This creative thesis will begin with an introduction to the idea of creative nonfiction and will also present a short collection of creative nonfiction stories. The creative body of the thesis will consist of short stories taken from the author's own life that center around the common theme of family, focusing especially on the author's role as a big sister in a family of nine children. Following these short stories, the conclusion of the thesis will briefly consider the value of personal stories like these in the larger scheme of literature. For those unfamiliar with the genre, this ...


A Second Universe, Emily A. Benson Mar 2016

A Second Universe, Emily A. Benson

FIU Electronic Theses and Dissertations

A SECOND UNIVERSE is a memoir-in-essays that traces the author’s coming of age and her pursuit of self-discovery, belonging, and healing in all its forms. The book opens in the past, diving into the lives of the author’s parents before she was born and shedding light on the many obstacles they overcame to bring her earth-side. Set against the backdrop of the Southern Utah deserts and the clarity the author finds in the natural world, these essays wind through the author’s different childhood homes, down the lonely and desolate road of a sister’s addiction, and into ...


Currency, Elisha M. Emerson Jan 2016

Currency, Elisha M. Emerson

All Theses & Dissertations

The privileged Watters family, David, Winnie, and their 14-year-old daughter, Faye, struggle to adjust their suburban Charlotte lifestyle to fit a much-reduced income. Their fast failure leads them down separate paths: David after enlightenment through Transcendental Meditation, Faye after the power she feels in the company of her handsome Earth Science teacher, and Winnie in a romantic foray to Alaska after buried gold. Currency probes that moment when everything changes size, when initial annoyances shrink and reality resumes a new and disturbing sense of proportion.


Quant' Sei Bell': A Narrative Based On The Transatlantic Love Letters Of Gennaro Valvano And Serafina Savignano, John Francis Cherichello Jan 2016

Quant' Sei Bell': A Narrative Based On The Transatlantic Love Letters Of Gennaro Valvano And Serafina Savignano, John Francis Cherichello

Senior Projects Spring 2016

Senior Project submitted to the Division of Languages and Literature of Bard College


O Is For Olive, Anna Rose Kornfeld Jan 2016

O Is For Olive, Anna Rose Kornfeld

Senior Projects Spring 2016

The suicide of a young woman’s brother results in her return home to mourn his loss. She is forced to reconnect with family members as she explores the past and tries to grapple with the future.


Untitled, Mai-Kim Dang Jan 2016

Untitled, Mai-Kim Dang

The Journal of Traditions & Beliefs

No abstract provided.


Subdivision, Samantha Futhey Jan 2016

Subdivision, Samantha Futhey

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This is a poetry collection that explores personal and agricultural history in the Midwest and Pennsylvania.


Slow Emergencies, Jordyn N. Rhorer Jan 2016

Slow Emergencies, Jordyn N. Rhorer

Theses and Dissertations--English

Like the ever-circling lines in the skin of trees, sometimes the whole of a person is peeled back, layer by layer, until only seeds remain. Names, faces, stories, and relationships are unmade and molded into new shapes. Without warning, those left at the base, at the roots, can’t recognize this maple’s form. They hold a pile of leaves, a bottle of glue, and the hope that something familiar will take sprout again. The tree becomes new, and its tangled branches reach out. These poems explore the lives of those living with and caring for those with dementia and ...