22 Sep Description of assignment: Intellectual Autobiogra
Description of assignment: Intellectual Autobiography (100 points): A 750-1,000 word statementthat, in part, responds to William Cronon’s “Only Connect” essay.Essay is largely about how your personal experience and commitments converge with andsupport your academic interests. One way to think of this assignment is as a way to reflect onyour intellectual values, where they come from, and how you hope your education (at CPP andbeyond, if you intend to pursue graduate study) will help you cultivate them further. In doing so,you should use the ideas in Cronon’s “Only Connect” essay as “jumping off” points.Although you can certainly use this assignment to explore the influences and life experiencesthat have molded you into the person you are today, this is not a literacy narrative; you shouldnot describe a single event and its after effects. Instead, you might ask yourself the followingquestions: How has your education shaped your life? Has your family influenced your attitudetowards education? Were you raised to value curiosity? Literacy? Beauty? Which points ofCronon do you relate to the most? Consider your intellectual values, and think about which onesyou see reflected in the Cronon piece.