Adrienne Rich: Would You Like To Make A Comment? Reflection

In this Essay, I chose to write about Adrienne Rich, because I felt her rebellious feelings of discontentment towards the education system was liberating. Being a student myself, it was fascinating to read about another woman’s outlook on higher education. It is even more fascinating to read about a woman’s opinion on the subject that was from the 70s. Her essay evoked a mixture of feelings that I wanted to display in my own essay. She made me come to the realization that it wasn’t that long ago that women were not allowed to attend college. Even more, they were discouraged for many years after they finally gained authority to receive a higher education. Rich also made me understand that I should fully understand that education is my right. I often say that I am lucky to go back to school. But, many women have worked very hard to make it a possible option for women today and I deserve to take advantage of it. In addition to establishing the inequalities women had faced in society, I wanted to explain my general feelings towards receiving an education in the modern day, “I don’t typically think about Adrienne Rich and the contributions she has made to transform the academic world, but I think I should. Adrienne Rich had an insight that was quite progressive for the year of 1977. Rich explains, ‘The first thing I want to say to you who are students, is that you cannot afford to think of being here to receive an education: you will do much better to think of being here to claim one.’ The word ‘claim’ is an interesting word to describe one that is striving for an education. I have always been the type of person who has explained that I am going for a bachelor’s degree. Although, I have realized how impersonal and devaluing it sounds.” I wanted to start out by explaining how my thoughts formed surrounding this subject. It seemed that my essay needed a personal link in order to address my concerns and comments. I used Adrienne Rich’s essay as a foundation for what I really wanted to talk about, which seemed to give me some validity.

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