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Instructor's Note

This paper fits into the genre of an observation essay. For this particular essay, I instructed students to observe a setting of their choice and to visit that setting at least twice. Once they had taken careful notes in the place—recording both concrete details and their impressions—students took those notes, and wrote about what they had learned. In her essay, Alison Logan shares with readers what she has learned from her careful observations of a setting—in this case, a natural setting. From her notes and repeated observations, the author has learned that whatever humans place in a natural setting will always stand out. Moreover, she comes to the realization that she does not fit in here. To succeed, an observation essay must always transcend mere description, and Alison Logan’s essay does just that.

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About the Author

Ali Logan is a freshman psychology major from Indianapolis, Indiana. She loves to run and spend time outdoors. When she isn’t working out, you will probably find her singing or listening to music.



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