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Kia ora Salient readers!
Congratulations to all the new students who have survived their first week of university, and welcome back to all the returning students who have decided to stick with it!
By this point of your trimester you might feel a little more settled in. Hopefully you know where all of the good hangout spots are, where to get the best coffee, and where to go for most of your classes.
But you might be having to think about starting your first assignments of the year, and are perhaps struggling to think of something to talk about. So, I would like to offer one piece of advice from my experience in undergrad that might help you get through the grind of tertiary life — write a feminist theory essay when you can.
I counted, and I have written 12 separate feminist essays throughout my undergrad. Hell, I am even writing my English honours thesis as a feminist critique, so I can guarantee that writing essays through a feminist lens or with feminist theory are actually pretty fun!
Just think of your 1500 word essay as a 1500 word feminist rant that is backed up by other scholarly rants. You’ll also hopefully be passionate about the topic, which will make the research and writing process a lot easier, your arguments clearer, and your grades (hopefully) will be higher.
So go ahead, read some bell hooks, quote Judith Butler, chuck in a reference to Simone de Beauvoir, deconstruct the patriarchy, and then upload it to Turnitin.
Feminism and feminist theory has been a big part of my undergraduate studies, and if you find it as interesting to study and write about as I have, you won’t want to stop.