Bruna Dantas Lobato's Firsthand Account

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My essay is based on Bruna Dantas Lobato’s “Firsthand Account” which is from “The Common” issue 13. In reading the essays and fiction in both issues 12 and 13, I wasn’t looking really at the poems or photos as I am not very creative, I found little to work with. I wanted a piece that I could connect with or relate to and I was unable to or found them difficult to relate to Lowell. I read and skimmed countless pieces, these ranged from “Santa Anita” by Sean Bernard to “Meandering Zone’ by Rachel Pastan. I looked over every essay and piece of fiction in both issues and read a handful but couldn’t find the connection I desired. Also, I haven’t witnessed much in Lowell though I have explored a good potion, but none of the pieces dealt with exploration …show more content…
This was done through making the piece like my experience in moving to campus. The timeline and events are not a one to one reproduction, though they are close. As this assignment is an Lowellian reproduction I wanted to include the setting, the sights, and the different campuses. This was made easier as in the story the character has a change of scenery which I could relate to. Herself to a more rural and dangerous location while myself a more urban and dangerous one. And while she mostly stayed put I felt that including my walking around campus would do more justice in setting Lowell as the stories backdrop. My experiences in Lowell have mostly been those of exploring and taking the city in. The wide spread nature of the city is partly what made me come to the realization that independence wasn’t perfect, and the long walk gave myself time to think. After finishing the piece, I found it very nostalgic, even though it has only been about a month and a half since the events of my story. Recounting the walks, I did and feelings I had brought the feelings of homesickness back a bit. Additionally, I looked over the photos my mother gave me which still make me feel emotional when I look at them, hence me keeping them in my

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