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College Read 2022-23: American Like Me

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.