My Long-Awaited, Much-Anticipated Senior Paper

As of 9:45 a.m. today, my senior paper is complete. Let’s just say that of all the things I’ve done in my time as an undergraduate student, writing my senior paper was the most enjoyable. Before this semester, I was fairly certain I didn’t want to pursue a Masters degree; but, after getting a taste of what graduate-level study would look like, that fire has been rekindled.

In a brief overview, my senior paper is titled A Sociolinguistic Understanding of Shared Identity. It’s a research paper looking into the connections between language and rhetoric and the formation, destruction, and motivation of collective identity. The results of the research show strong support for the idea that language and the way it is used over time has a powerful ability to shape the way people perceive the world and the other people in it. Continue reading