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College Read 2022-23: American Like Me

To Submit



  • Written entries must be written in standard 12-point font and double-spaced. Recommended word count is 500-1200 words. Include your name and student ID in the header. Submit in a .doc or .pdf file 

  • Submit to Your email must include your name, student number, and phone contact information. Answer the following questions in your email: 1. Are you currently taking, or have you completed ENC 1101? 2. Are you an EAP student? 3. Have you completed an Associates or higher degree?  

  • The contest will run from October 17-November 28. The deadline to submit is November 28, 2022. 

  • Winners will be notified by December 7, 2022 and will receive a prize! Winners also will be asked to share their entries at a College Read Recognition Ceremony in Spring semester. 


Contest Prompts



Choice #1  

In the introduction, America Ferrera shares how she attempted to change herself to fit the entertainment industry expectations, essentially becoming a “shapeshifter”. Describe a time when you shifted or changed to assimilate into an environment (such as a new culture, social group, school, or work) and how it changed or impacted your self–identity. 


Choice #2 

Think back to a time in your life when you could have used advice from a wiser you. Think about what you have learned about yourself and life since then. If you could go back in time, what would you tell yourself? What do you wish you’d known or understood sooner? Write a letter to your ten-year-old self describing your life experiences and what you learned from them.  You might use America Ferrera’s first essay as inspiration. 



Choice #3

The United States of America has been described as both a melting pot and a salad bowl.  


Melting Pot vs. Salad Bowl illustration

Which theory do you believe is more accurate? Write to persuade your audience that the United States of America should be described as either a melting pot or salad bowl. Include specific support and evidence for your argument.