Do not smoke

By ymoon

Do not smoke because it harms you as much as you smoke

This image argues that smokers should stop smoking to avoid cancers or other harms that hurt them. There are about 1.3 million people who smoke in this world. Worldwide, one in five teens age 13 to 15 smoke cigarettes. Every eight seconds, a human life is lost to tobacco use somewhere in the world that translates to approximately 5 million deaths annually. The smoking harms people as much as they smoked in their lifetime. Smokers have an adverse effect not only on themselves, but also to those people around them as well. Smoking...

Rising Stress in College Students

By hl2990

About a month ago I read an article in The New York Times that discussed how stress levels of college students have reach record high amounts. I was interested in conveying this information because of its relevance to the Mary Washington community. Often students can be heard complaining about 3 tests in one week, or important assignments they are worried about getting an A on. Despite preparation efforts that students put in to their work, sometimes it is not enough because there is simply too much to do. This stress is multifaceted; it comes from part-time jobs, pressure to get top...

Cold Stone: Gotta Have It

By chiyochan

An essay on the superior quality of Cold Stone ice cream.

Community Service in schools

By eachiaa

This essay is about how community service should be required in all grade levels and the benefits of doing community service.

Two-Year-Old Van Gogh

By hexadismal

In keeping with the theme of my blog, I wrote my essay on the need to draw tighter boundaries around what we consider art. I wrestle with the idea that everyone can be an artist and what that does to art as a discipline.


By canders5

This image displays the gracefulness and beauty behind a fierce, highflying dunk. Every night during a showcase basketball game the crowd is roaring ready for tip off, and both teams are fearless as they look into each other’s eyes. As the game goes along there is only one thing that gets the crowd to stand up out of their seats and makes them yell and scream at the top of their lungs; a slam-dunk. There is nothing better than a player flying through the air only to slam the basketball home over the other team's player creating a poster image. This imagine I created shows how a dunk can be...

“Our Mother Earth”

By jcurtis1

On their own, pictures can undoubtedly be meaningful. But the combined effect of certain images, if used properly, can have an infinitely more powerful effect. This particular image is iconic of Roland Barthes’s notion (portrayed in Rhetoric of the Image) of several individual parts comprising a whole. Although each picture here tells a story, the image as a whole is worth more than the sum of its parts.

It is no secret that environmental issues are a growing global concern. Barely a day goes by when some new ecological catastrophe doesn’t make the front page. With all...


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