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Stick Framing How to Construct Essay

… Stick Framing

How to Construct the Most Durable House

By Implementing a Traditional Technique

There is plenty of information available on the Internet and on step-by-step videos about building a house, apartment, or commercial building. As with everything else online, some of the available sources of information is more reliable than others. In my professional experience as a handyman and as someone whose family worked in construction for several generations, the traditional stick framing design allows the construction of the most durable structure.

Stick and plank framing is the traditional technique of measuring and cutting each individual board and installing roof rafters, floors, and ceiling joists. Today, some framers prefer to use prefabricated roof, floor, and ceiling trusses instead of stick and plank framing because of the added expense of measuring, cutting, and placement. They also believe that installing trusses is faster and thus more profitable. In my opinion, that is a dangerous belief.

Some 2x4 roof trusses are heavy but flimsy, especially after shingles and drywall are added; sometimes they have little additional support underneath at all. These materials are also much less durable under extremely windy conditions. Furthermore, stick and plank framing allows the…… [read more]


Project Management Jim and Julia Research Proposal

… Project Management

Jim and Julia have a limited amount of budget with which to make the changes to their house. They have a time frame of at least ten years to take care of everything they need to resell the… [read more]


American Dream Today Essay

… American Dream Today

The term "American Dream" is used very frequently, but there does not seem to be any real agreement on exactly what this term refers to. There are general implications of freedom, equality, and most of all the opportunity for financial and material success, but the ways in which these various aspects of the American Dream interact and play out in the real world lead to many different perceptions -- and misperceptions -- about the American Dream. Especially in the modern era, many individuals seem to believe that the American Dream means that the promises of financial and material wealth are somehow owed or automatically bestowed upon Americans, immigrants and native-born citizens alike. Few things could be further from the truth; the American Dream has never been built on the idea of getting rich for nothing, but rather has promised all an equal opportunity to achieve security, if not wealth, through a lifetime of dedication and hard work. Analyzed carefully, even modern representations of the American Dream can be seen to fit this general framework more closely than does an easy path to riches.

The immigrant view of the American Dream has consistently been the opportunity to work for oneself, rather than for others -- the freedom to break out of one's class and become one's own boss, to make their own decisions, and most importantly to build a better life for their children. This is clearly seen in Morris Horowitz essay "I Never Got Rich." One of the first comments he makes about his experience as a Russian immigrant in this country is how at the time of his writing, "there are better houses to live" compared to when he first arrived, "but there are no jobs." Horowitz recognized that the need to work was essential to the American Dream; a better house meant nothing without the money to hold onto it, and the only way to obtain that money was -- and is -- through hard…… [read more]


Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen Essay

… ¶ … Doll's House

Nora's Decision to Leave Torvald: The Realization of a Doll

At the end of A Doll's House, Nora's decision to leave Torvald is based on how quickly he goes from articulating his disdain toward her to brushing that disdain off as a joke. Feeling as if she has recognized his true feelings toward her, Nora's decision to leave may be rash, but is well founded in her experiences up until that point. At the end of A Doll's House, Nora finally sees that Torvald is a copy of her father, Krogstad, and every other male that she has encountered until now. Each sees her as a doll that can push her around, manipulate her, and get her to do exactly what they want her to do. They see her as a doll that can be played with and then put back in its little house -- safe and secure -- at the end of playtime. Even Mrs. Linde treats her as a doll by insisting that Krogstad not get his letter back because she claims to know what is best for Nora. At the end of the play, I think Nora realizes that she has been treated…… [read more]


Erin Brockovich Essay

… Erin Brockovich

The ethics of Erin Brockovich (2000)

The story of Erin Brockovich is often heralded as an example of how one woman can make a difference. Erin, a 'lowly' legal secretary and single mother, had her story immortalized in an award-winning film starring Julia Roberts. Her work was instrumental in the legal case eventually won against the California-based Pacific Gas and Electric Company. According to Brockovich's website, Erin's investigation, largely on her own instigation "established that the health of countless people who lived in and around Hinkley, California, in the 1960's, 70's and 80's had been severely compromised by exposure to toxic Chromium 6. The Chromium 6 had leaked into the groundwater from the nearby Pacific Gas and Electric Company's Compressor Station. In 1996, as a result of the largest direct action lawsuit of its kind, spearheaded by me and Ed Masry, the giant utility paid the largest toxic tort injury settlement in U.S. history: $333 million in damages to more than 600 Hinkley residents" ("Erin Brockovich: Biography, 2009). Erin stated that the company knew of the presence of the carcinogen in the water supply, but recklessly ignored the contamination. Rather than acting swiftly, it covered up its shameful practices. People suffered, not knowing why, at tremendous emotional and physical cost to themselves and to their families because of the utility company's negligence.

Many have taken issue with some of the hard, scientific and epidemiological facts of the film. Michael Fumento of the Wall Street Journal and the American Spectator, while calling the production "slick and enjoyable," said the script grossly misrepresented the strength of Brockovich's case. First, while Fumento acknowledges that PG&E's nearby plant was leaking the rust inhibitor Chromium 6, into the water supply, "the suit blamed the chemical for dozens of symptoms, ranging from nosebleeds to breast cancer, Hodgkin's disease, miscarriages and spinal deterioration," and the agent could not possibly have caused more than a handful of the symptoms described" as it is linked only to cancer of…… [read more]


Friends, a Couple Named Tim and Tina Essay

… ¶ … friends, a couple named Tim and Tina decided to move to the West Coast. They had been sharing a house with David, a long-time friend of mine. Tim and Tina had two adorable dogs and a very friendly… [read more]


Profit Pools for Green Home Building Thesis

… Profit pools in the green home building and high-design manufactured home industry profit pool can be defined as any point along the value-chain of an industry (Profit pools, 2009, Loose suits). Currently, given the pattern of buying trends in the home industry, green buildings offer one of the most profitable sources of enhanced value-chain maximization. A clear profit pool that can be exploited is in the greening of existing structures, as well as the construction of new and greener homes. In fact, in many communities where available land is already taken up by buildings and developments (many with for Sale signs), greening existing structures might be more feasible and profitable than constructing new ones. Homes that have been abandoned by individuals who cannot pay their mortgages may exist in states of disrepair and doing needed renovation work on these buildings can be accomplished in a 'green' way. Energy-efficient windows and doors, improved insulation, and new techniques to reduce water consumption that reduce the stress upon the environment and costs for the inhabitants are all examples of popular green building modifications.

Of course, some individuals will always want a new home, built to specification. They may wish to take advantage of more 'cradle to grave' options for green building, such as using renewable or recycled materials, landscape design that minimizes water usage and the need for chemically-derived fertilizers, and other options that can be integrated into the very foundation of the home. For home buyers seeking to take advantage of low mortgage prices by buying new homes, 'cradle to grave' green homes are a way to make an investment in a home that keeps giving back, both to the planet and also to the home owner, in terms of utility costs.

Some individuals taking advantage of the new availability of mortgage to customers with strong credit histories may wish to exploit another trend, that of customization of modular homes. The high-end modular or 'instant' home industry enables the consumer to build a home according to design as well as environmentally precise specifications. "In an era when constructing a house on time and within budget keeps getting tougher, instant homes can go up twice as fast and…… [read more]


Capital Budgeting Decision Essay

… Capital Budgeting Decision

Leasing vs. buying: Capital budgeting in organizations for individuals

In the field of managerial accounting, a 'make-or-buy' decision is defined as the question of whether an organization should make some parts and components in-house or subcontract the… [read more]


English Literature-g. Greene and DH Lawrence Essay

… English literature-G. Greene & DH Lawrence

The Destructors by Graham Greene was set around after World War II in Britain during the bank holiday. it's a story about the Wormsley Common Gang who has just accepted a new recruit, Trevor,… [read more]


Symbolism and Cisneros' the House on Mango Thesis

… Symbolism and Cisneros' the House on Mango Street

Perhaps the most important symbol in Sandra Cisneros' the House on Mango Street is that of the house itself, and houses in general. Houses have a profound symbolic value in our culture,… [read more]


Honorable Diane Feinstein United States Senate Thesis

… ¶ … Honorable Diane Feinstein

United States Senate (or U.S. House of Representatives)

Dear Senator Feinstein:

I am writing to express my tentative support for the Extend Act (S.822), recently signed by the President. The bill was introduced by you and Senator Snowe and according to your Web site "provides an estimated $1.779 billion in incentives for energy efficient buildings." You rightly called the passing of the bill a "major milestone in America's much-needed shift towards energy efficiency and renewable energy."

While I agree wholeheartedly with your assessment of the importance of the bill, I want to express a few reservations. As a student in the great State of California, I have witnessed first hand how far we Americans have to go in creating clean sources of energy. I would appreciate a more specific explanation of which corporations are receiving the generous tax breaks, and how those companies can acquire the tax breaks. In particular, I am concerned that oil companies can feign their dedication to research and development projects. I am also concerned that the parameters of the bill are too vague and allow for easy loopholes for greedy energy corporations.

My concerns aside, I want to laud the additions you recently made to the Snowe-Feinstein Extend Act. You offered tax credits to home owners who upgraded their residences with improved insulation or sources of heat and cooling. You also offered tax credits for new homes built with green technology and removed the cap on tax credits home owners receive by installing solar electricity panels in their places of residence. I would suggest going farther and offering greater tax breaks to companies in the construction and real estate development…… [read more]


Personal Experience Essay

… ¶ … night, but as things would turn out, this Saturady niight would be far from normal. Tonight I was going to a party at Ryan's house.

When I got to Ryan's, it was about 8:30 PM. I was greeted… [read more]


Organization Behavior and Leadership Term Paper

… Org Behavior

Joel is a manager at a small real estate firm. He spends his free time playing golf and poker with his friends, some of who are firm members. Joel is an active member of several charitable organizations, and serves on the board of directors for several local committees dedicated to issues such as the environment and civil justice. His passion for real estate is also matched by his holding several personal investment properties around the country. Joel's personality combines high self-efficacy and self-esteem with a steadily positive affect. His locus of control is strongly internal, and Joel can readily be described as being a principled person with a strong sense of ethical responsibility. In both his personal and professional life, Joel has demonstrated respect for others and a willingness to accept his own shortcomings and improve on them.

A high sense of self-efficacy, self-worth, and self-esteem ensures Joel's ability to initiate and close deals. Because of his stellar performance in real estate, the firm Joel works for promoted him to the position of manager after only two years of service. Other employees and real estate sales personnel at the firm have positive things to say about Joel, indicating that he has amicable relations with his coworkers and subordinates. Although Joel passed several other members of the firm for the position of manager, no animosity is evident between coworkers. Joel's sense of self-worth is not based on his having to be better than other people, but simply on his awareness of his abilities to run a successful real estate agency. Joel has also proven his ability to manage a team of salespersons while keeping in mind the core goals of the company. His sense of self-efficacy is rooted in hard work. Some of the firm's goals are to maintain a reputation for ethical responsibility. Joel has taken an active role in ensuring the ethical standards his firm has become known for. By spearheading efforts to reward ethical behavior, Joel has proven himself able to continually raise the standards with which his company conducts business transactions.

As a team leader and a successful sales manager, Joel depends on…… [read more]


Realtor.com the Contemporaneous World Term Paper

… ¶ … realtor.com

The contemporaneous world is defined by a series of mutations that affect all aspects of life, be them social, commercial, economical or political. The main features are those of reduced time for all activities, increased desire for… [read more]


Cv and PDP Cv Student Ba Marketing Term Paper

… CV and PDP

CV Student BA Marketing

BA in Business Marketing student interested in working with a Real Estate or Property Development Company. Attention to detail, open-minded, timely, precise, friendly, well-educated and possessed of strong sales, networking and marketing ability. Worked as an Assistant Property Development Contractor to learn more about the real estate industry and what steps to take to facilitate success in the real estate and property development industry.

Consistent and reliable with a strong work ethic, capable of working independently or as part of a team. Able to relocate for company/position with opportunities for growth in the Real Estate and Property Management Industry.

CAREER OBJECTIVE

To earn a position as an independent agent with a Real Estate and/or Property Development firm within the next six months.

PERSONAL INFORMATION

Student of Business Marketing

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Feb 2004 to Present Student of Business Marketing

Take classes that concentrate on the sales and marketing fields.

Arrange to complete 5 additional elective classes that develop management, leadership, business management and networking ability.

Work part-time as a student aid in the sales and marketing departments at the university.

Look for internship opportunities post-graduation to improve odds of working with well-known business in the real estate and property development field.

March 2003 to Jan 2004 Real Estate Assistant

XYZ Corp

Assist with preparation of papers related to properties and exchange.

Answer customer questions about real estate appointments and contractual obligations.

Attend meetings with property management developers to better understand the industry and offer insight when appropriate.

EDUCATION

December 2001: XIM University, United States

BA Business Marketing

SKILLS

Windows Vista,

Microsoft Office,

Sales & Marketing,

International Networking,

Contract and Proposal Review and Development,

Telemarketing & Cold Calling,

Management and Dispersal of Monies Relative to Business Transactions.

LANGUAGES

English, Spanish

CONTACT INFORMATION

Part II

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN

INTENT

On completion of BA in Business Marketing, plan to stop looking at various industries for the time being and start looking for opportunities in the Real Estates and Property Development industry as this is the preferred industry to work in on graduation. Continue education post graduation through continuing education opportunities, volunteer work and an internship with a notable Real Estate and Property Development Industry.

Create a weekly "task" list to manage priorities…… [read more]


About a Specific Location Term Paper

… Special Place

Significant Location

Without disparaging my family, I believe that it is safe to say that I grew up in a chaotic environment. My house was filled with noise and drama; laughter, but tears as well. It seemed as… [read more]


Rose for Emily by William Faulkner Term Paper

… ¶ … Rose for Emily by William Faulkner

Being What Others Expect -- "A Rose for Emily" by William Faulkner

The ending of "A Rose for Emily" is the most important part of the story, but there are clues throughout the story that help lead up to the sinister information given away at the conclusion. Psychoanalysis of the story indicates that while Emily may have very well been crazy, the townspeople were not much better for not confronting her. They even sprinkled lyme around her house to remove a foul smell instead of investigating where the smell came from...and instead of asking Emily (Faulkner, 2007). Asking her anything about her personal or private life seemed to be taboo, and the townspeople seemed timid and frightened of her, as if she was a witch, or something worse. Because of this, she became in many ways what the townspeople expected of her - a reclusive woman with no friends and a deep, dark secret.

The clues throughout the story are subtle, and a reader who is only taking the story at face value will likely miss most of them. These clues are buried a little bit deeper in the story, and because of this, most readers do not realize until the end what actually happened to the two suitors that Emily had. There is some suspicion that they met with a nasty end, but no proof, and no one willing to ask Emily any questions. The townspeople generally treat her as something of a god among them, to be both admired and feared, and she never pays taxes or does anything of the other things that she does not want to (Faulkner, 2007). Readers are often surprised that Emily gets away with so much, but the townspeople seem powerless to stop her, as if they are under a spell of some kind.

Many of the problems that the townspeople have with Emily are portrayed from their point-of-view, as Faulkner uses one of the townspeople as a narrator. By doing this, he puts a spin on the story and readers are not able to see the other side of the issue (i.e. what's really going on…… [read more]


Home IT's a Dirt Road That Ends Term Paper

… ¶ … Home

It's a dirt road that ends in a cul-de-sac. A green sign says "Road Ends" just before you reach the drive-way. The drive way curves down around the trees into the woods and suddenly, there's the house! It is a green house, a rather ordinary three-bedroom ranch style built in the '70s, but my father always says, it is "prettiest place." The yard is shady because of the forest, and the plants are the kind that don't need sun -- like the hosta growing around the base of the big tree by the swing. In the swing is a cat, a striped tabby my sister found in Washington, D.C. In a garbage can when he was only about three weeks old. She rescued him and named him Oscar and eventually when she got stationed in Korea, she brought him here to live. He loves the swing. It is an old-fashioned three-seater with cusions where you can read a book, sip lemonade, and pet the cat in the summer. When you sit in the swing you can see the bleeding hearts that are growing all over that end of the house. Grass doesn't do too well because it can't get enough sun, and my mother has always wanted to plant ground cover instead, but my father insists he must have a lawn. A couple years ago, after he had a stroke, my mother bought him a riding…… [read more]


Past Meets Parent Term Paper

… ¶ … Parent

The past meets the parents (or another adult): the made for TV version

Because none of my immediate, older family likes (or will admit to liking) watching television, I decided to interview a friend of the family for this assignment instead. Mr. C is in his mid-forties and loved watching "Three's Company" in the 1970s, when this show was a nationwide hit. He told me that the show was considered very daring at the time. It depicted a man named Jack, played by John Ritter, who was living with two young women to save money in San Francisco. The man was straight, but he had to pretend that he was gay. This was to make sure that the landlord Mr. Roper wouldn't get offended by their arrangement. This presented a number of complications for the three individuals. First of all, it put a crimp in Jack's social life. He wanted to date women, but he couldn't 'blow his cover.' Also, he was attracted to one of the women, named Chrissy. Most of the episodes plots revolved around mistaken identity, mistaken intentions, and sexual confusion. According to Mr. C, he felt that many Americans were very confused about how to talk about sex openly during this time of history, so joking about sexual liberation was the easiest way to deal with these issues.

A watched an early episode in the history of "Three's Company," episode 4, called "No Children, No Dogs."…… [read more]


House on Mango Street Significance Term Paper

… House on Mango Street

Significance of a House' in the House on Mango Street

In the 'House on Mango Street', author Sandra Cisneros uses the symbol of a house to represent the desire for freedom, for self-actualization, for redressing humiliation… [read more]


Jungle, Upton Sinclair Describes Horrific Term Paper

… He reports that in 1999, more than one-quarter of America's nearly 150,000 meatpacking workers suffered a job-related injury or illness, and that not only does the meatpacking industry have the highest injury rate, but by far has the highest rate of serious injury, in fact, "more than five times the national average (Schlosser 40). Schlosser writes that the official figures estimate that roughly 40,000 meatpacking workers are injured on the job every year, however the actual number is probably higher since the industry has a well-documented history of "discouraging injury reports, falsifying injury data, and putting injured workers back on the job quickly to minimize the reporting of lost workdays" (Schlosser 40).

According to Schlosser, thirty years ago, the meatpacking industry was one of the highest-paid industrial jobs with the lowest turnover rates in the U.S., yet today it is one of the nation's lowest paid industrial jobs with one of the highest turnover rates (Schlosser 41). One former employee said, "I've seen bleeders ... hit right in the vein ... And here comes the supply guy again, with the bleach, to clean the blood off the floor, but the chain never stops. It never stops" (Schlosser 41).

It would seem that whatever improvements were made after Sinclair's book have now vanished, and once again the meatpacking industry is a ruthless business, in which uneducated immigrant workers are exploited in every way. They, like Sinclair's workers, are paid low wages, have no insurance, no benefits, no compensations, and no one who cares about them. They, like those a century ago, are simply used and abused.

Work Cited

Schlosser, Eric. "The Chain Never Stops." Mother Jones. July/August 2001.

Sinclair, Upton. The Jungle. Retrieved…… [read more]


Rose for Emily Term Paper

… "

"The Yellow Wallpaper" is another story about what is expected of women. Both of these stories show the suffering of females because of the way they are treated -- actually mistreated -- and victimized, because they want a different… [read more]


Lawyer in a Real Estate Term Paper

… In a foreign property transaction, there may be specific laws that relate only to foreign owners. These laws may differ between jurisdictions within a country. As such, a buyer who does not use a real estate lawyer in a foreign… [read more]


Investment and Wealth Term Paper

… Real Estate has not always been held in the highest regards. Before 2001, there was not enough literature on investing and wealth in real estate to understand the process at all. Mantell (2004) stated that Real Estate is now one of the top choices for investing; it is strong and expected to advance even further in years to come. When deciding to invest in real estate one must go through a process of locating properties, arranging financing, evaluating market variables, building an investment team and negotiating contracts (Mantell, p. 2). He went further to say that one does not need to be a financial genius in the area of real estate in order to invest. One only needs to recognize the importance of real estate titles. Updegrave (2003) and Mantell (2004) both recognize the new trend in real estate, and respect that the big trend at one point was the stock market, they posed an important question of whether or not real estate, is still a reliable wealth-generating machine, as it has been known to be in the past. The answer is simple; yes, real estate can be a reliable source of wealth growth if done properly.

The Stock Market has also proven to be a viable investment resource in growing wealth, but tends to be more risky than other more traditional investment methods. Futrelle (2004) reported that…… [read more]


Three Little Pigs Term Paper

… ¶ … Pigs by Paul Galdone

Paul Galdone's illustrations in "The Three Little Pigs" is reminiscent of Beatrix Potter's books. His work is simple, yet detailed. The illustrations are line drawings with pastel watercolors that provide softness to the work. Galdone's style is a combination of Expressionism and Realism, as each illustration is a realistic representation of the narrative, however, there is a focus on feelings and emotional states. His use of line and color creates specific moods.

For example, the cover depicts the three pigs framed in a picture frame hanging from a wall. The pigs are round and plump, happy and rosy. One pig has an arm full of turnips, representing nourishment and life, another has an arm full of apples, representing fruitfulness and prosperity, and the middle pig is carrying a bouquet of flowers, representing joy and peace. The flowers and the foliage on the fruit and vegetables are yellow, as well as the background of the illustration, all representing cheer and goodwill. The entire illustration portrays one happy family.

The back cover depicts the wolf in the foreground leering into the window of the house made of sticks. His teeth are snarling, his tongue is hanging loose, and his eyes are bulging. Inside is the little pig, who looks frightened and sorrowful. The wolf is portrayed as large and menacing, while the pig is smaller, representing his emotional state of fear. From the cover and back illustrations, one is able to tell that this story begins happy and involves danger in the end.

Number 2 illustration is very dramatic, as it shows a pig weeping…… [read more]


Homerian Epic Term Paper

… ¶ … dusty waves of San Francisco Bay

Spread along the shores

The day my father rode away,

His Harley spinning grass behind him

And my mother's tears flowing down the driveway.

He'll be alright, Nikki said, cheerful cute and… [read more]


ABC's of Real Estate Investing the Secrets of Finding Hidden Profits Most Investors Miss Term Paper

… ABCs of Real Estate Investing: The Secrets of Finding Hidden Profits Most Advisors Miss

According to the book the ABCs of Real Estate Investing: The Secrets of Finding Hidden Profits Most Advisors Miss, it is a myth that some investors… [read more]


Rock Decided to Meet Lucas Term Paper

… ¶ … Rock decided to meet Lucas, mainly because I was tired of living this way. It was a sudden realization, a turning point, sparked by a moment of wakening from life under the rock. Well, maybe not so sudden.… [read more]


Appellate Term Paper

… Any rent paid in advance or which may have accrued by the terms of a lease or any other hiring shall be adjusted to the date of such surrender (N.Y. Real Prop. Law § 227a).

A claim for constructive eviction… [read more]


Kindness and or Joy Term Paper

… Kindness - Joy

There is a house in the neighborhood that seems to bring smiles to everyone who passes it. The reason it brings such joy is not that it is a grand house by any means. In fact, the house is quite modest, but it does nevertheless bring a great deal of joy to everyone who live in the area.

The woman who lives there, Mrs. Maryble is widowed and probably in her early seventies. She lives on her pension and makes extra money here and there by doing odd jobs such as sewing, babysitting, or pet-sitting. From what the older neighbors say, when her husband was alive he was the gardener, and kept everything ship shape, but since his death, she had not been able to afford to hire anyone to do the heavy work, nor could she afford to buy the materials for the repairs made in the first place.

The neighborhood took her on as a project. To be truthful, most of the neighbors got involved not so much from the kindness of their heart, but because they were concerned about the way the neighborhood looked. Her house was definitely an eyesore, and seemed to stand out from all the other houses on the block.

The involvement encompassed a three block area, with even a few people from the street over lending their support. It was really amazing to see all the resources that became available when word got out. Someone's brother owned a nursery, and was happy to loan his work crew for a day and teach those willing to learn how to properly prune and cut back various trees and shrubs. He also furnished bedding plants and replacement trees for two dead trees in her front yard that had to be cut down. And he also re-seeded both her back and front lawns.

A couple of women in the next block who are real garden buffs, came over and planted the bedding plants in her flower beds and tidied up a few other areas of the yard. Mrs. Maryble has several pieces of "yard art," a couple of elves, two frogs sitting with an umbrella, and a small wishing well. The wishing well was in need of repair in a few places, and someone from somewhere had it repaired in no time. At times it was actually difficult to keep up with all the volunteers and what exactly they were contributing. And no one really tried to keep up with it all, it became…… [read more]


Doll's House Kristine Linde Term Paper

… She has been with Nora and Helmer and feels there is some tension between the two because of this secret. Kristine wants Helmer to learn the truth" "Helmer must know all about it. This unhappy secret must be disclosed; they must have a complete understanding between them, which is impossible with all this concealment and falsehood going on."

The last conversation between Nora and Helmer is the one that exposes the shallowness and hypocrisy of their relationship. While Nora was a sincere devoted wife, her husband is nothing but a self-serving hypocrite who would do anything to save himself from harm even if it meant putting his own wife in the line of fire. This is evident from the letter he receives from Krogstad. Prior to reading it, he had been declaring his love for his wife whom he saw as a "little singing-bird." But as soon as he has read the letter, he declares Nora to be "a hypocrite, a liar -- worse, worse -- a criminal!" Nora is shocked at the behavior of her husband because he didn't seem to care about the motive behind the crime which was to save Helmer's life. Earlier Nora thought she would have to leave children and Helmer to pay for her crimes alone so no one else has to pay a price but later realizes that she had been living with a hypocrite all her life. She slowly comes to the realization that her husband loves her only as long as everything is well but as soon as something goes wrong, he would be happy to leave her. On the other hand, Nora loved her husband dearly at all occasions and under all circumstances. When the threat of danger is removed and Helmer calms down, Nora awakens to the ugly reality of their relationship and decides to leave her doll house. Their last conversation is where Nora explains how she had been treated like a doll at her father's house and how the same treatment was meted out to her here after marriage. She realizes that she had foolishly served a man who couldn't care less about her and in the process she simply ruined her own life. "You and papa have committed a great sin against me. It is your fault that I have made nothing of my life."

Nora tells Helmer in explicit terms that she wants out. She preferred leaving her marriage to educate herself and to make something of herself. She was no longer interested in her being just a wife and a mother and that she had duties to herself as well which she had been ignoring for a long time. "I believe that before all else I am a reasonable human being, just as you are -- or, at all events, that I must try and become one."

REFERENCE

1) Doll's House: Online version, The Project Gutenberg, Accessed on 28 Feb, 2005: http://www.gutenberg.org/dirs/etext01/dlshs11.txt… [read more]


American Dream in Contemporary American Society Popularly Term Paper

… ¶ … American dream" in contemporary American society

Popularly noted and effectively illustrated through the Arthur Miller's play, "The death of a salesman," people's belief in the American dream has, throughout history, led to the creation and development of a society that is not only economically, but also politically powerful and stable.

The concept of the American Dream is simple: it is the term which people associate and think about when they want to achieve a goal in life that seemed impossible or not easily accomplished at the time. Furthermore, the American Dream embodies the ideals of Americans in living in a 'free country': freedom, economic prosperity, and contentment or satisfaction in life.

The emergence of the 20th century gave birth to renewed perceptions and opinions about the American Dream. In a country where developments and downfalls have taken place over the years, the very concept of the American Dream has faded to provide a more realistic and newer framework that people can relate with and will serve as the guide towards achieving happiness and contentment in life (Varadi, 2004).

Indeed, stereotypical illustrations of the American Dream as portrayed through the American individual and society are enumerated by Kellman (2003) as follows: "upward mobility, equality, and home ownership...and getting something from nothing." From these categories, it is evident that initially, this popular concept was conceived due to economic reasons, wherein one's dream to own a house was made possible through the program campaign called the American Dream.

However, a shift towards hopefulness to hopelessness and disillusionment among Americans show that through the years, the American Dream has undergone changes, too. The American Dream has now a…… [read more]


Little Red Riding Hood Fairy Tale Retelling Term Paper

… ¶ … grandmother gave me the little red cap for my eighth birthday. Everyonein the village said it looked very good on me so I wore it almost every day. In fact, I wore the hat so often, after a few weeks, people started to call me "Little Red Cap," or "Little Red Riding Hood" with great affection. I loved my grandmother very much: she was the person most near and dear to me, and I believe she felt the same way about me as I did about her because she so often gave me gifts. She only lived a ten minute's walk from our house, so I tried to visit her at least once a week.

One spring morning the fresh scent of cherry pie wafted up to my room. When I came downstairs, my mother said, "Good morning Little Red! Your grandmother isn't feeling so well today. Why don't you bring her this pie, and this bottle of beer."

My mother handed me the two items in a lined wicker basket, gave me my coat and a kiss on the cheek and saw me to our front gate.

Little Red," she said before I took off. "I want you to promise me you won't stray from the path. If you trip and fall you will break the bottle and ruin the pie and your grandmother won't get her nice treats. Understand?"

Yes, mom," I answered.

And Little Red?" she said again, "Don't go prying through all your grandmother's things when you get there, now, be polite!" nodded and skipped down the path through the woods. It was a fine sunny day and the scrumptious scent of fresh flowers mingled with the aroma of cherry pie.

Suddenly a manly voice piped through the scented air.

Good Day little girl!" turned toward the voice. Before me stood a big gray wolf. He was smiling so big that I could see his fangs and the saliva sitting beneath his tongue. I had never seen a wolf before, and as far as I could see the creature seemed quite friendly.

Hello," I said tentatively, eager to reach grandma's house.

Nice day for walking through the Black Forest, don't you think?"

Yes," I responded, trying to be polite. The wolf smelled a little like sausages.

Why don't you bring along some of those lovely wildflowers for your grandmother," the wolf suggested. "I bet she would really appreciate them." glanced over to where he…… [read more]


Barn Burning William Faulkner Term Paper

… Then again as the father reaches the house, "Now he could hear his father's stiff foot as it came down on the boards with clocklike finality, a sound out of all proportion to the displacement of the body it bore" (Faulkner pp). Then when the father enters the house, "the boy saw the prints of the stiff foot on the doorjamb and saw them appear on the pale rug behind the machinelike deliberation of the foot which seemed to bear (or transmit) twice the weight which the body compassed" (Faulkner pp). This symbolizes the father's determined course of action. The boy then saw the "stiff foot drag round the arc of the turning, leaving a final long and fading smear" (Faulkner pp). The father had left his mark for the world to see. Near the end of the story Faulkner writes, "Then his father was gone, the stiff foot heavy and measured upon the boards, ceasing at last" (Faulkner pp). The boy at last had become his own person, his own man, his own being. He too had determination, intent of action, and so the next morning when the boy awoke, "He was a little stiff, but walking would cure that too as it would the cold, and soon there would be the sun" (Faulkner pp). The boy was a man.

The white mansion symbolized everything that was good in life, everything good that life had to offer, and to the boy, courage and a hope for the future. Faulkner writes, "he saw the house for the first time and at that instant he forgot his father and the terror and despair both, and even when he remembered his father again the terror and despair did not return" (Faulkner pp).

Faulkner's techniques work well for this story. He uses the symbolic imagery to depict the father's character and action, and moreover, the boy's courage and hope for the future. Rather than lengthy descriptions, Faulkner uses dialect and speech styles to depict the setting of the story as well as the social class structure of the times. Although all Southern, Faulkner gives the boy and his family a distinct dialect from the others to show that they were of the lowest social class, uneducated and poor.

Work Cited

Faulkner, William. "Barn Burning."

http://www.nku.edu/~peers/barnburning.htm… [read more]


Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs Term Paper

… Maslow

The Life of a Good Salesperson -- Abraham Maslow and his theory of a hierarchy of needs

The philosopher and psychologist Abraham Maslow is best known for his establishment of a theory of a hierarchy of human physical, emotional,… [read more]


Freedom Term Paper

… ¶ … Freedom to & "Freedom from"

All Quiet on the Orient Express - by Magnus Mills

Choice a: Comparison

The narrator initially wants the reader to believe that he really truly plans to travel "abroad East. You know, Turkey, Persia, then overland to India." Those are great and adventurous plans; but the reader sees by page 11 that the unnamed narrator really just wants something, anything to do, anything that is offered to him; and hence, he is a "slave" to whatever new menial task presents itself to him. "To tell the truth," he writes, "I wasn't really bothered..." By working for his rent and not receiving any direct financial benefits. and, lacking the ambition to seek employment and carve out a spot for himself elsewhere, he continues to trade his tent camping site for the task of painting a gate, then repainting rowboats, building a mooring, cutting wood and delivering milk. As his tasks multiply, he becomes more and more indebted to the man who serves as a kind of "slave-master," Mr. Parker; and so, the narrator is a kind of slave. He's practically an indentured servant, and yet, ironically, he does have "freedom from" the drudgery of punching a time clock and working nine-to-five and being categorized in one profession.

Paragraph 2: Transition. Find someone you know and write 4 mapping statements that explain how someone represents "freedom from."

Mapping Statement #1: The friend of the family I will discuss and describe is named "Jim." Jim is a tall, thin, high-energy man, who started out working in an automobile manufacturing plant, right after high school, and made very good money doing it. He joined the union, and he quickly realized how much money he could save by living in a sparsely-furnished apartment in the run-down side of town. Originally, Jim had mapped out a plan to save over 80% of his earnings, but he had to lower that a little bit to 75%, so he could send some money to his grandparents out-of-state. He decided to put the money into a money-market account to maximize the interest he would be paid, and his plan worked well; after two years he had saved over $35,000.

To all of his friends and former classmates and members of his family, he represented "freedom from" financial worries. With all that money in the bank, and those big checks coming in from overtime and working Saturdays, everyone he knew expected that soon he would be driving a nice car, buying a quality home in a nice suburb, finding a lady, settling down, and raising a family.

Mapping Statement #2: When Jim came back home from his job and the town he lived and worked in (85 miles away), practically nobody but his immediately family ever saw him, because he would arrive at night after his Saturday shift, and leave early Sunday afternoon. He told his parents he needed to go back early Sunday afternoon "in order…… [read more]


Horror in the Charles Dickens Term Paper

… Again, there is the sharp contrast between Scrooge's cold, dark apartment coupled with his cold, dark personality, and the homes of the London holidaymakers. The Cratchit family is for example a large number of people together. Although they are poor, they seem to share an inner warmth that translates to their house as well. This is particularly so in the case of Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit's crippled son. It is he whose kindness and humility begins to warm the coldness in Scrooge's heart. Another area of atmospheric warmth is his nephew's Christmas party. Once again, the contrast between Scrooge's world and that of the party is significant. For the first time, the miser is made aware of the need for the warmth of human companionship and generosity. He enjoys the warmth so much that he begs the ghost to stay at the party. This journey ends once again in coldness, as the Ghost shows Scrooge two starved children under his coat. These are called Ignorance and Want. After seeing the children, Scrooge is left alone in his cold apartment to contemplate what he had seen.

The final Ghost is the one of Christmas Yet to Come. In this visit there is no warmth. Indeed, the cold in Scrooge's heart and his home translates itself to the coldness of death, as the scenes that he visits are related to an unknown man's death. The death has little emotional effect apart from the relief of a poor couple who owed the dead man money. There is thus no warmth in the memories or hearts of those discussing his riches. The cold, horrific atmosphere reaches a climax when Scrooge is transported to a grave where the headstone displays his own name. After a promise to honor Christmas and change his ways, Scrooge is returned to his bed. His relief brings an abrupt change in Scrooge and once again the contrast between his old and new self is significant. In his newly created future, Scrooge now displays warmth, generosity, and honors Christmas as he promised the ghost he would.

Bibliography

Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol. London: Longman's, Green…… [read more]


Robots Term Paper

… friendlyrobotics.com./)," thus eliminating the need for the consumer to reprogram the machine

Benefits and Disadvantages

There are a number of benefits and disadvantages for using robotics for casual labor. Some of the benefits include freeing up time previously spent on cleaning house, allowing individuals with disabilities to clean or mow without assistance, accessing hard to reach places, and providing a cleaner house, thus improving health by reducing allergens. Disadvantages of using robotics include the device can become entangled in cords, etc. And the cost of repairing or replacing the device.

Conclusion

Robotics devices are currently being marketed for household chores such as mowing and vacuuming. These devices have their benefits and disadvantages and it is up to consumers to determine whether or not to incorporate them into their lifestyles.

Works Cited

(Friendly Robotics. (accessed 17 November, 2004).

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Person Making the High Involvement Term Paper

… The house would have to be close to the schools that her children currently attend and will attend in the future. Other considerations such as extra features and the condition of the house were fairly minor, as Smadar could fix the house herself, and extra features would inflate the price.

Taking all of the above into account, Smadar spoke to a broker, who helped her make the best choice of the seven houses she chose to investigate. He also clarified many of the financial difficulties for her, and helped her to make the best decision for her income level. He was then one of her opinion leaders as a result of his knowledgability and apparently honest interest in helping her to make the best possible purchase for her budget.

Other opinion leaders included Smadar's family and friends who have made similar purchases with similar budgets. They were able to give her information about the best estate agents and brokers to consult. Finally, the estate agent through which Smadar made her purchase helped her especially with the emotional side of her purchase.

It was therefore Smadar's behavioral intention to let neither the practical nor the emotional take a dominant position in her decision to buy a house. She followed through with this intention in consulting experienced home buyers she knew she could trust, as well as brokers and estate agents that came highly recommended by these home buyers.

Smadar's behaviors were regulated by a number of elements, including operant conditioning and exposure. Operant conditioning occurred by means of friends and relatives helping her decide which house was best to buy. Exposure occurred through television and newspaper advertisements for estate agents selling the kind of houses Smadar was looking for.

Basically, the processes that Smadar went through in purchasing the house, includes her overall attitude towards houses, the strength of her belief in the particularly desirable attributes of a house, and the evaluation of the final seven houses she had decided upon. This evaluation included the opinions of experts such as brokers, estate agents and home buyers.

Smadar's intentional attitude towards the purchase of a house was thus positive, in that a house represented for her family security and warmth. These are for her vital, culturally induced aspects of life. This strengthened her belief in the desirable aspects of a house. Finally, the evaluation phase resulted in a house that Smadar was satisfied with, and that she knew was the best possible purchase from all the other houses with which she compared it.

In this way Smadar's beliefs, attitudes and behaviors worked together with outside influences such as cultural aspects, practical considerations, and opinions from family, friends and experts. The outcome is that Smadar acquired a house in her price range, which was suitable for the needs of herself…… [read more]


Abstraction and Composition: Some Literary Term Paper

… Composition 2

Steak-flavored ice creme. Why, rather than waste an entire evening at a restaurant, where one must eat meat, then wait for dessert, usually in the face of company one would rather not be sharing one's time with, why not simply have a scoop of this new flavor? Then, one can leave quickly after just a cone and return home if the date is not going well -- or, conversely, one can enjoy all the pleasures of a steak house while wandering around the mall, licking porterhouse flavor from one's sticky fingertips. I ate one such a cone only last Friday, and savored the pink meaty part a long time, although I found the white, fattier parts of vanilla a bit too rich and gristle-filled for my taste.

Composition 3

An apartment complex for tigers. Oops! But that composition has occurred in life -- I saw it on the news. But I was thinking of another kind of apartment building. Clearly that would have solved the problem for the man with the pet tiger in Brooklyn. If only he had allowed the tiger to leave home, when it came of age, and get its own apartment in a complex specifically designed for the species. Clearly, the story of the man who kept a tiger in his own apartment shows the problems of over-protective tiger owners who refuse to encourage their pets to achieve a sense of personal independence once the pets pass a certain age. At very least, the owner should have encouraged the tiger to get a job, outside of the apartment, so it could make some contribution to the rent.

Reflections on these exercises

One of the greatest difficulties for any fiction writer is to write something truly 'new.' The limits of conventional, linear narrative often lead a writer into cliches, rather than innovation. 'Be specific' and 'write what you know' might seem like good advice, but specificity can often lead to a writer simply regurgitating what he or she thinks seems 'realistic,' which is often a recapitulation of what was seen last night on a so-called 'realistic' television drama, or on the evening news. Writing what one knows from life experience often leads to repetition and copying from other writers. But the free form use of abstractions and odd compositions forces a writer to dip deep into his or her subconscious level of associations. Paradoxically, these associations are often more real and free of the conventionally imposed limits of current cultural ideas of what constitutes a good story…… [read more]


Tale From Childhood the Blazing Term Paper

… The commotion around her, blender and hyperactive kids included, does not seem to bother her. She fields our questions and listens to our stories about the water balloon fight with genuine interest, even as she munches on some chips herself.

I leave my bathing suit on because I have a feeling that we will be playing more games after lunch. The smell of barbeque is overwhelming now and my stomach grumbles. Grabbing a seat at the table outside, I eagerly pour myself a glass of lemonade with a bunch of my friends. My dad starts to bring over plate after plate of goodies, asking who wants a burger and who wants a hot dog. Several of us say we want both. As the table fills up with the remainder of the party, my mom begins to bring out the chips and dip and takes a seat at the table too. The tablecloth is made out of plastic and when anything spills on it, it sits there in a glob instead of sinking in like it would with cloth.

The decibel level of our conversations drops significantly as we munch down our lunches. The sun is lower in the sky now, offering us a bit of respite from the heat of the day. As we polish off what's on our plates, some of the kids boldly asking for seconds, my mom heads inside. A few minutes later she emerges from the back door of our house, carrying a huge cake. It's rectangular in shape, a standard birthday cake with bright white frosting and my name in red letters. The eight candles flicker as the crowd sings "Happy Birthday." Most of my friends join in on the spoof version of the song about smelling like a monkey and looking like one too. As everyone laughs, I close my eyes and make a serious wish. Inhaling deeply, I open my eyes and blow fiercely, managing to put all the candles out in one go. I know that my wish will come true; I feel too good today to have anything go wrong. My mom hands me the cake-cutting knife and I gently slice the cake for everyone, feeling very grown up as I do…… [read more]


Grant Deed Transfers Ownership Term Paper

… By referring to the applicable grid, the township number and the range number for the property can be identified. The range number identifies how many grid cells the property is to the east or west of a starting point. The township number identifies how many cells the property is to north or south of a starting point. Each parcel of land identified by a township and range number is further divided into sections. The cells are numbered "boustrophedonically," or "as the cow plows," which means that the numbers wrap around in an "S" shape -- the original surveyors found it easier to apply the numbering system in this manner. Sections are further divided into half sections and quarter sections in order to identify parcels of land that are smaller than an entire section. Quarter sections can be divided further into two parts or four parts. A quarter section that has been divided into four parts is called a quarter-quarter section.

A parcel's legal description is unique. In fact, some attorneys decline to correct typographical errors in legal descriptions if the same errors have been in the legal description for years. This is because, as title to a piece of real estate is transferred from one owner to the next, the legal description follows along attached to the deed. A correction in a typo might create confusion as to the identity of the…… [read more]


Dramatic Literature in August Strindberg Term Paper

… The prominence of the door in the rear, the door that leads outside, suggests the degree to which the kitchen itself is a gateway into the house and for some out of the house. Julie ends the play by walking… [read more]


Winter Scene it Is Nighttime Term Paper

… When the front door opens and a guest enters the house, they stomp the snow off in the entryway and remove layers of scarves and clothing. This is another signal that the cold winter has taken hold. The family, rather than fight its arrival, seems to have embraced it with their clothing, their beverage and their fireplace. In the distance, a falling limb snaps from a tree and as one glances in the direction of the sound, one sees the snow flurry to the ground as the limb touches bottom. Just then a dog is let out of the house to do its business and it gingerly tiptoes on the cold crunchy snow to locate the area he remembered from fall. It is gone, and with a look of confusion, the dog chooses a new area, leaving his calling card on the pure white snow. Rushing back to the house the door opens and he can be seen resting by the fire to melt the snow that has encased his paws.

Standing at the road and observing this winter scene brings a feeling of warmth even in the below freezing temperature. The icicles hang from the front of the house, and glisten from the reflection of the snow. The family is warm and safe inside and as one crunches along on the snow covered road, winter is as beautiful…… [read more]


Vacant and Eye-Like Windows Term Paper

… When confronted with the seemingly supernatural haze surrounding the house, the narrator dismisses it as a scientific phenomenon, a natural weather pattern. The conflict brews within the narrator, a conflict that escapes Roderick. While Roderick only sees gruesome and morose meaning in his surroundings, the narrator tries to shed some scientific knowledge on the house of Usher. When Madeline reappears following her potentially premature burial, the narrator flees in earnest fear, realizing that the veil between the real and unreal grew oppressively thin. When the house itself fractures at the fissure witnessed earlier, the narrator breathes relief that he escaped the horrific fate of the Usher clan.

The narrator's interaction with Roderick reaffirms his burgeoning depression and curiosity, which come more and more into conflict with his struggling scientific mind. The narrator knows that the house could influence his friend's and his own mood. But the narrator still struggles with Roderick's insistence that supernatural forces control his destiny. With reason and sensibility, the narrator attempts to dissuade Roderick from attributing his illness solely to superstition. But when he can't sleep and the house increasingly haunts him, the narrator cannot help but succumb to the horrific atmosphere. When he plays music to assuage the gloomy mood, the narrator attempts to cover up or even to suppress the Gothic nature of what unfolds before him. The atmosphere of the house commingles with the narrator's fluctuating and fearsome mood.

Throughout the narrative, subjective observations mix with objective analysis. The narrator struggles to maintain sanity in the face of both his friend's sickness and the house's. The house serves as a looming and large reminder of death and illness. Although the narrator knows that the house is not haunted in the classical sense, he cannot help but be influenced by Roderick's insistent belief in the occult. Even before he reunites with his childhood friend, the narrator assumes the role of the rationalist. This Gothic interplay between the real and the surreal pervades the narrator. This conflict is symbolized by the house, which though it falls apart with age, nevertheless possesses a solid foundation. Likewise, the narrator assumes that although Roderick is the last male heir of the Usher estate, his family remains important.

The interaction between the narrator and Roderick embodies the conflict between science and superstition, just as the House of Usher personifies the dilapidated Usher family. A stunning symbol, the House of Usher falls simultaneously with its last progeny. Both the narrator and Roderick feed off the house's sickness, but the Usher heir especially inherits mental and physical disease paralleling the house's crumbling walls. Madeline proves to be both victim and antagonist when her ghastly resurrection renders the setting even more morbid. Fleeing the House of Usher, the narrator feels the full wrath of the supernatural forces that tore at his friend's soul. More than anything, symbolism exacerbates the Gothic nature of Poe's "The Fall of the House…… [read more]


Schock vs. Rondeross Term Paper

… If the goods were damaged or destroyed without the fault of either party before the risk of loss agreement has passed then the contract is avoided. However in the case of Schock vs. Rondeross, the goods were identified after the risk of loss were passed to the buyers. Hence, Schock does not have any claim to the damages except to bear them. But, here the buyer kept the goods at the seller's place so with the understanding that he would claim it after one week. When the wind destroyed his mobile house, it was in the possession of the "third party." But, since there was no FOB agreement between the parties, Rondeross will win the case based on the fact that there was no agreement of shipment or taking care of the mobile home.

Hence, in the case of Schock vs. Rondeross, Rondeross is justified to win.

Chapter 26, Passage of Title and Risk of Loss: Rights…… [read more]


Cathedral, a Story by Raymond Term Paper

… Further, Cathedral is written in what may be considered an almost minimalist style. There are no long, flowery descriptions. Instead, descriptions of the characters and settings are clean and crisp. The result is a story that reveals its characters and themes deeply and clearly.

The theme of the story, despite the minimalist and austere style, is uplifting and positive. At the end, the prejudiced husband's superficial thinking is changed by the blind man's touch. He becomes more empathetic and forgiving, and sets aside his prejudice. Thus, one of the themes of The Cathedral is that prejudice can be healed by simple human contact, and by love.

Perhaps in a broader sense, though, the theme of The Cathedral is that simple human interaction can give us a sense of community. The narrator has an isolated and prejudiced existence before the blind man appears. When he meets a blind man who challenges his stereotyped idea of the blind, it makes the narrator begin to see that there is a larger world outside of his narrow view. At the end of The Cathedral, the narrator is able to recognize our common humanity and community.

Works Cited

Carver, R. The Cathedral. In: Cathedral: Stories. New…… [read more]


I Term Paper

… I could conduct all my research on Saturday and then type all day Sunday. I could also just go one paper at a time in the order of the classes I had that week. I would do Monday?s paper first while saving my late Thursday class? paper for last. I had options when it seemed at first like options were the last thing I had in my arsenal.
As I approached my friend?s doorstep I just could not shake the responsibility of having all this work in front of me for the upcoming weekend. It was true that I?d have to struggle for a few weeks and my social life might have to be curbed for a while, but the time frame worked out. I just kept repeating to myself that the time frame worked out. But then it all came to me. The one thought that came into my mind that changed my work ethic incredibly from that point on: what if something went wrong? It sounds like a fundamental point to think of when it comes to something as important as schoolwork and term papers, but in my moment of duress it had not occurred to me that something in my grand plan might go wrong. What if I was unable to find the information I needed to find? What if I had to make an unscheduled trip to the library? What if I was sidetracked by some other unforeseen occurrence during the week? This epiphany caused me to reconsider my initial plan and, much to the chagrin of my closest friends, return to my schoolwork to take care of the task at hand.
That night I did not sleep. I returned home to my mountain of work and became possessed. Not only did I feel the need to complete my work , but I felt the need to complete it on a level that I had never reached before. I tasted the satisfaction of a job well done, of conquering insurmountable odds, before I had even begun and it tasted sweet. I knew the sense of accomplishment I would feel would justify the hard work I had put into my papers and homework.
I finished my work that weekend with some minor distractions and diversions. I finished it beyond the requirements laid out by my professors and I was proud of it. Not only was I proud of the work I had done but I was proud that I had learned what my professors had intended for me to learn. Up to this point in my collegiate career this has been the one event which has shaped the way I look at work and time management. While procrastination may be a trait which runs in most humans, including myself, I had never let myself get as far behind as I did that weekend. By leaving my friend?s house that Friday night to return home to a research marathon I accomplished the work at hand and also gave… [read more]

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