The Average College Student Curse

A Narrative of the Captivity of the Average College Student

The Sovereignty and goodness of GOD, together with the faithfulness of his promises displayed, being a narrative of the captivity and restoration of the average college student. Written by the hand of the average college student, for their private humor, and now made public at the desire of other average college students, and for the benefit of the average college students college loans.

On the 16th of September, came the college recruiters with great numbers upon different cities, their first coming was about junior year of high school, hearing the noise of sold dreams. They came and sold dreams about a better life and financial freedom. They took the students that had earned high SAT and ACT scores, there were five students taken in one house; carried away alive. Thus these money hungry recruiters, went on recruiting and promising empty dreams.

I am an average college student, they came and beset our own classroom, and quickly it was the “littest” day I saw. A year and a half later I arrived to my next destination, a college campus.  A city foreign to my own, it was freezing cold and I wasn’t prepared. The scenery was dead, the first thing I had witnessed was the cows everywhere. About a mile we went that night, and we ended up at the dorms. I asked them whether I could have my own room, which they refused. Putting us into rooms with 3 other average college students. Oh the screaming, and singing ,and dancing of the other college students in their dorms. Not everyone made it out of that first year of college, those were the 7 academically dismissed by the system. They were dismissed in a barbarous way, now owing the university thousands of dollars. 

They said we were sentenced to 4 years in this system, but it wasn’t always 4 some other average college students were sentenced to up to 6. Years would pass and the loans kept coming, adding more time to your sentence. Even if you were able to leave you were shackled to the institution. In the past I had often before this said that if college recruiters should come, I should choose to reject their advances and their promises of a better life. But my mind quickly changed when they screamed their promises of financial freedom and a better life. I chose rather to go along with those (as I may say) money hungry college recruiters, than that moment end my days in a town where better lives weren’t promised. And that I may declare what happened to me in those 4 years at the institution.

Review:

I chose “the Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson” by Mary Rowlandson herself because I felt like this would be the perfect piece of literature that could resonate with modern times. College Institutions could be considered modern day captivity because we are brought here from different ways of life and different paths to the same place. Everyone leaves everything they find dear behind and comes to a new place to start over. Students are promised the opportunity of creating a better life but they never add how you risk being in debt for many years to come. My imitation covers how I view the average college student, after talking to many people about their experiences and also my own I thought this parody would be the most sensible for me. I attempted to follow the style of writing in the texts but tried adding a modern touch to it. The reason I started my story in 11th grade is because I feel like as college juniors we are pressured to apply to different schools with the hopes of if you get in you will create a better life for yourself. After getting into UC Merced I was very naive about what was to come next, at times I did feel trapped in this new life. Merced was very different from where I grew up and was familiar with but the thought of going back was no longer an option for me. Another reason that made me want to write this imitation was because I feel like at times the university doesn’t necessarily let students know what they are signing up for. As a first generation college student I oftentimes felt more trapped because I didn’t feel like the counselors really helped. A lot of people see college as a scam so I thought that writing in the point of view of an “average college student” would be humorous but yet as real as I could be. I used the “average college student” as a way to show how that’s really what we are viewed as when we step foot at the university. There’s so many of us that at times not everyone knows your name, they just know you as another college student. I felt like writing in that point of view allows other people to resonate with me. Finally, I felt like this specific text was the one that I could relate to most because although it hasn’t been to such a literal sense as a college student I did feel to the system captive at times.

– Eugenia Brumley

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Amerikka in 2019

I wander through American streets

Near the so-called land of the free

And in every corner I can see

Memories of the lynchings on the trees

At every corner people cry,

At every corner children run

At every corner they still try

The youths lives here are no fun

Oh, how the mothers scream

Out of fear that their son may never be seen

Hoping for their lives to gleam

Another victim of a family gene

But on nights like tonight

How the sons continue living their lives

Blasts their calls to fight for their rights

Amerikkka is the modern plague

Darkness

The poem that I chose for the painting was “We are Seven”, at first I didn’t really grasp how to use this specific poem to convey any of the images. The poem resonated with me because it discussed beauty in the darkness. Romanticism discusses nature and beauty and the poem encompasses both. The painting and poem both convey darkness but they’re romantic becsuse they both embody beauty in scenery.

“She had a rustic, woodland air,
And she was wildly clad;
Her eyes were fair, and very fair,
—Her beauty made me glad.”

This specific stanza in the poem relates to romanticism because the author uses very descriptive imagery. As a reader I can envision her beauty without even seeing her simply based off the language used. Throughout the poem there are a lot of descriptions about scenery such as the sunset, and the church yard. When I was looking at the painting the first thing that stuck to me was the use of darkness which was evident in the reading as well. Although the painting is beautiful and resembles nature which romanticism does it is also dark. The poem was the same it embodied beauty and nature yet it showed darkness because of the deaths and the description of scenery. The perspective of the painting is also very realistic. The theme found in both the painting and poem is melancholy because there is sadness there is sadness present but more so there is also appreciation.

Is it love?

In Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”, we can clearly see Romanticism because he appreciates nature to such an extent. In Iron Maidens version although judging off the genre you wouldn’t assume that it is romantic but when you listen to the lyrics it is evident, “See his eye as he stops one of three Mesmerizes one of the wedding guests” from the beginning there is hints of beauty. Iron Maiden’s version is such a good fit because it embodies one of romanticism’s main components, nature. Also the poems tone fits with the music because of the pace of the song. In the song it is moving at a pace that is similar to the poems. Also throughout the song you feel the passion and emotion. Although Iron Maiden is heavy metal it still embodies something beautiful and emotional. All in all the story narrates something that is greater than feelings it narrates love. Romanticism is supposed to mean something creative or something imagined and this song does all of this. The song also has a imagery because the sounds make you feel and see the lyrics. It’s deeper than reading them because you can simply envision them.

Similar but different?

In “The Interesting Narrative” of Oladuah Equiano references multiple English writers and abolitionists to strengthen his argument and gain credibility. In one specific argument Reverend T. Clarkson, an English abolitionist best known for his work, “An Essay on the Slavery and Commerce of the Human Species”, talks about how the color of skin that Spaniards had wasn’t very different from the indigenous people of the area. “The Spaniards, who have inhabited America, under the torrid zone, for any time, are become as dark coloured as our native Indians of Virginia; of which I myself have been a witness.” The function of this reference was to imply that human beings are not that different from each other because although skin colors vary, and skin color isn’t specific to a certain group. Reverend Clarkson, is a credible source because of his writing and his work as an abolitionist. Equiano also talks about using this specific example to argue that “Blackness” should not be viewed with negativity because anyone can have Black skin. He also references God in this because of the power of Christianity, and God being viewed as a “creator”. Equiano is basically arguing that God created these people, so did God make a mistake when he created Spaniards that could be as dark as someone indigenous? He goes on to say how even the Europeans were once “barbarous”. The function of this specific quote would also be to attempt to shine light on the fact that these people are not that different and that their roots as well root back to something “barbaric”.

This quote touches on the power of literature and status at that time. If Equiano would’ve made this claim without any evidence of a “credible” source he probably wouldn’t have been taken seriously, hence why Equiano uses various examples of English writers and activists. The use of these quotations would infer the power that English literature had and prove its “credibility”. English men especially writers, had power because they were seen as “educated” and educated means trustworthy so that is exactly why Equiano referenced multiple writes and abolitionists.

  • Eugenia Brumley

HELLO! You’re not perfect either!

After going over Alexander Pope’s “The Dunciad” and lecture notes I believe that the most appropriate image to use would be image #2. This image was used to academically ridicule Pope and satirize his work to the fullest, in this image Pope is shown as a small hunched monkey, and the satirist refers to Pope as “A P E”. Out of the three images I felt like this one had the darkest satire because the fact that the monkey was hunched illuminates Pope’s own illness of Tuberculosis. I feel like the artist used satire in describing Pope as a monkey for two reasons because 1) that would take from Pope’s credibility but also 2) he is using Pope’s illness and ailment against him. In “the Dunciad”, Pope does criticize other authors so I feel like the satire in the image is used to say, “HELLO! You’re not perfect either!” It is evident that Pope isn’t perfect and the artist may have took it too far bringing up his illness but I think another thing worth noting is the fact that the Roman Catholic Church was mentioned. Pope was known as a follower of the Catholic Church, but even then he was treated sort of as a second class citizen and evidently not respected. I feel like the image illuminates Book 4 because it fires back at Pope’s judgements and seemingly encourages him to humble himself.

I interpreted footnote 2 as satire because Pope is calling out those who “see things that don’t exist” I feel like here is an example of him undermining or even criticizing someone else. In image #2 I interpret the image of being an attack, but an appropriate one focused on literary battle. Pope went on a back and fourth battle and indeed shots were fired. Pope seemed very egotistical and this image definitely was used to shut it down!

Gulliver VS Rowlandson, a satirical battle

In Gullivers Travels Jonathan Swift, describes his captivity by the Lupatian people, although it is evident that his claims are false, Swift experiences mirror those of Mary Rowlandson. Swifts work embodies satire because his comparison of the size of people is very unrealistic and almost kind of funny. From the beginning Gulliver does something similar to what Rowlandson did he stereotypes the natives, “I perceived it to be a human creature not six inches high, with a bow and arrow in his hands, and a quiver at his back.” When Rowlandson talked about the Native people she called them savages, Gulliver on the other hand calls them “creatures” and says that they have bows and arrows. All three of these stereotypes are something that Native people are tied to in America. This in itself is pretty ironic because both writers conveyed their experience with “honesty” but even then there is blatant racism. Throughout the work Swift satirizes Rowlandson’s because it seems like he is in a sense making fun of her experience. Rowlandson had no choice in her captivity, but it seemed like with he way Gulliver was treated he was allowed to leave. Rowlandson’s entire experience overpowers or even can prove how Gulliver’s was fabricated. Swift also changes what captivity meant in our prior readings, he has power he learns about the Lupatian people and how they’re good at mathematics. He is being treated almost like a citizen despite the fact that he’s been tied up. Rowlandson and Gulliver are also very different because although she seems angry and hateful, Gulliver never seems to hate the natives, although he has show racism in instances he never seems to actually hate those people. Yes, you can say he is bias but I wouldn’t say he embodies the hate that Rowlandson had. I noticed throughout the work that Swift would also use “I” statements a lot to make the experience more personal and in turn satirizing Rowlandson’s work.

Eugenia Brumley

A 2000’s Chatroom

*MaryRow Enters Chat Room*

{8:01 PM} : Oh how I have waited for the day to meet a good man like William Apess, a man of class who understands my beliefs.

*WillyApessLuvsgod Enters Chatroom*

{8:02PM} MaryRow1637: Hello Mr. Apess! It’s a pleasure to have you join the chatroom, I’m looking forward to our discussion. Many back home are waiting to hear about your opinion on my Narrative.

{8:03 PM} “WillyAppessLuvsgod: Call me William.

{8:03PM} MaryRow1637: Sure Hello William! 🙂

{8:05 PM} WillyApessLuvsgod: I don’t know any other way to start off other than how dare you?????, How dare you write something so absurd, so ungodly?!

{8:07 PM} MaryRow1637: Excuse me? I’m so confused

{8:11 PM} WillyApessLuvsgod: What is wrong with you people, what is wrong with you?! “Heathens?! “Indians?!” Do you not get how wrong your views are, and even worse how racist they are?! You make me sick! How can you consider yourself anything of a woman of God?!

{8:13 PM} MaryRow1637: Sir, please be kinder. My beliefs have been passed down for generations and generations. Even if the Indians made me pancakes in captivity they are still Indians. Indians are evil, they are savages.

{8:15 PM} WillyApessLuvsgod: You are lost, I hope that one day you can seek some light because you will have a life full of darkness with beliefs like these. These “Indians” are actually Native Americans, this is their land, how can you treat them so unkindly. You call yourself a woman of God but have you read the Bible lately?! I should recommend you some scriptures because you are the true heathen! :/

{8:20 PM} MaryRow1637: :(((((((((((( WOW, this is how you feel? How can you say these things when you aren’t one of them?

{8:21 PM} WillyApessLuvsgod: I don’t have to be one of them because we are all human beings. Your writing was inappropriate, it was insensitive, improper, and inhumane. Judgement day is coming and all of this will be seen by Jesus Christ. I hope you take some time to pray and repent for your actions. I hope one day you can find it in your heart to choose the ways of God and abandon this bigotry.

*****WillyApessLuvsgod Leaves the Chat******

****WillyApess has blocked MaryRow1637*****

-Eugenia-Star Brumley

Gender and Genocide

In Mary Rowlandson’s “Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson” it is evident that the Native people definitely underwent a type of genocide or holocaust. Mary Rowlandson’s experiences with the Algonquian people complicates the history of intolerance towards Native Americans. It began with the colonization of these Native people because not only did the colonizers want to take the land, they wanted to purify everything that was already there. Genocide, or the deliberate killing of a large group of people is a lot deeper than murder. When genocide is committed the goal is to erase a groups complete existence and legacy. So in this case the killings of the Natives acts as the genocide. In the students Blog post they talk about how gruesome the colonists killed Native Americans, although murder is never right they did more than just kill these people they terrorized them out of simple hate. While doing the reading I found myself wanting to sympathize with Mary Rowlandson but at the end of the day I was reminded that she was still a colonist herself, from the beginning the way she describes the Native Americans is almost subhuman. She describes them as savage and “barbarous”. Also, we are well aware that Mary’s personal beliefs stem from racism, she makes us almost tolerate her. Her racism doesn’t seem genuine it seems forced and like something that was learned rather than programmed in her. The persona of her character makes it difficult to hate her but at the same time you realize that she indeed is also like the rest of the colonizers. 

Also throughout the reading Rowlandson seems to tolerate the Native Americans and in some instance even describes them almost as kind. The experience of her captivity definitely allows us as readers to see a relationship between Native Americans and a colonist. What is more interesting as well is the fact that Mary is a woman and she’s also a mother so when I read the reading that made me in a sense want to sympathize with her more. I think the fact that she was a mother also played a role because in the instance where they allowed her to see her child you could see that the Native Americans put their differences with her aside and put her motherhood first. So yes although there was intolerance circumstance combatted against it.

Eugenia Brumley

White Savior Complex

In John Drydens, The Indian Emperor topics such as love and power are questioned. Although both main characters Cydaria and Cortez are seemingly in “love” their feelings for each other are more than just romantic they actually have a deeper meaning that mirrors the relationship between the Aztecs and the imperialists. When the Spanish took over the Americas although its often times been romanticized it’s obvious that it was over greed and that the Natives were never thought about. It may seem like the love between Cydaria and Cortez is pure but as a reader I had to take a step back and understand the dynamics behind their relationship. In reality the men that came to the Americas were not innocent men looking for love, they were actually looking to overpower and conquer. I feel like the play romanticized the colonization of these people and tried to give off the theme that love can conquer all when in reality this relationship didn’t have anything to do with love.

Throughout the play Cortez is challenged by the relationship between love and power. Although he has power he also feels love for Cydaria and because of that a lot of his decisions are based off her. This can play into the term “White savior complex”, or a white person who goes out of their way to help someone nonwhite for their own gain. Cortez is forced to choose between the love for his country and his need to “take” care of Cydaria. Even at the end their love isn’t what wins and it isn’t clear if power or love was more important to him. It is obvious that Cortez does feel inclined to take care of Cydaria but that also raises the question of is his love for her actually love or if he simply wants to be a savior. The fact that even at the end of the play their love didn’t end in marriage proves that in a sense Cortez chose his nationalism before his love for her.

-Eugenia