Literary Collage Sample Project
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Coxing Literally My Role Coxswain Motivator Leaden Everything is different at ve am The dark swallows everything Sometimes I pretend it s swallowed me especially when my coach Martha starts to get on my nerves I lead eight other people through the darkness with nothing other than my memory of the banks I turn on my ash light on but it catches the fog and only makes it even more impossible to see I turn it back off I relax a moment Sometimes I wonder ifl even know what I m doing or if I just get lucky but I dock it again Perfect again I steer the little Miami by memory every morning except Sundays and started doing so the second time I led a crew over it When I was a freshman in high school I began leading and steering a crew on the Muskingum River every afternoon from three until the sun began to set I would steer the shell next to the steep bank under low hanging trees still bare of leaves as we returned to the water every February I usually can t see further than a half a mile as the river sharply bends one way or the other It s cold more often than not and on many days the shell bounces up and down on the chop making me miss the days it would glide easily over The Stroke Catch Drive Finish Release Recover Rowing is a sport that just isn t the same indoors I know very few rowers who enjoy ergs and they don t oat Being out in nature throughout the seasons as leaves fall and grow back on the trees and the warmth returns and goes is spectacular It can be a little hard to focus sometimes with so much beauty surrounding you Rowing on the section of the Ohio which runs perpendicular to Little Miami is much different than the Muskingum it s straighter and with practice time much darker There are fewer excuses for being distracted out there it s too dark to see anything beyond the boat I m tired as always I struggle to remember why I joined the University s team This isn t the river I love this isn t the team I knew Martha isn tjoe not even close The Oar Blade Shaft Grip Sleeve Cuff Clam Joe Tewkesbury is my biggest mentor and my high school coach even in college he still supports me in all aspects not just rowing He was a coxswain on my high school s rst rowing team and went on to be a national champion in college He inspired me to be the best I could be I hadn t had a real mentor before I ve never been as close with another coach or teacher before Joe and he s just such a great guy who invested in his athletes and their success He put his con dence in me and I started to put con dence in myself I learned so much from him but he still gave me space to develop my own persona and attitude towards the sport and my role something which is unique to every coxswain I m certainly no two time Olympic gold medalist like Mary Whipple in fact I prefer not to carry any cheer in my voice like her Let me make something clear I m not the boat cheerleader I am the one pushing and demanding for more making the technical calls and cursing the other crew It s more than ROW Everything that happens in the race comes out of my mouth rst followed by an IN TWO 1 2 RIGHT HERE A friend on the team tried to discourage me from joining l was shy and quiet it was a lot to take on and he didn t think I could handle the responsibility I could handle the responsibility and I did It was empowering l was just a freshman in high school I hadn t even reached ninety pounds yet and suddenly people were trusting me with equipment worth tens of thousands of dollars and eight other people The Boat Rudder SkegFin Shell Hull Gunnel Rib Rigger Bow Stern Slide Seat Footplate Heel Ties Stops Front Stay Back Stay Top Nut Pin Oarlock Spacer Deck Bow Ball etc I ll admit adjusting was dif cult for me but I don t think anyone can say that they entered the sport for the rst time as a coxswain and didn t have a dif cult time adjusting I had to learn an entirely new language when it came to the equipment and calls not to mention I was under more stress than ever before Everyone relies on me everyone depends on me lsteer the boat make the calls Technical Calls Swing Slide Rate Settle Ratio Shift Hands Compression Length Timing Set Chins Grips Elbows Eyes High Power Run Way Enough Reach Shoulders Press Send High ten here 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 And shift down here settttttttlleeeeee catch They rely on me for those kinds of things and l have to be prepared to be sure of what I m asking them to do Will this help us or will it hurt us Some psychologists say that it s impossible to multitask I believe I am one rare example to disapprove that l have to steer come up with and implement strategy on the y make the calls and lead my crew to the nish line I count talk think and steer all at once if that s not multitasking I don t know what is It s exhausting both physically and mentally The Positions within the Boat Coxswain Port Starboard Stroke Seven Six Five Four Three Two Bow Stern Pair Bow Pair Stern Four Bow Four and Center Four Slighty to starboard Call for catches We re Checking call for adjustments Slighty to port As a Coxswain I am a central part of the team and team dynamics on a rowing team are interesting to say the least It can be tough being friends with everyone and at the same time being in charge of everyone it s a vital balancing act that makes the boat fast My teammates are my motivation it doesn t feel like I m trying to win for myself I m trying to win for them and I can t let them get in their own way It s my job to get them across the line as quickly as possible even if I have to pry it out of them and to see them smile because we came in rst makes all the yelling and stress worth it Scholastic Rowing Association of America Nationals May 2015 l have to be prepared to argue my case My senior year of high school my boat argued with me over several days about the calls I wanted to make for a start I wanted a power 20 settle 5 they said they couldn t maintain it and I reminded them that they did the year before but they didn t believe me We argued and argued and nally I looked over to my coach in his launch he hadn t heard our previous conversations and I said quotWhat do you think about taking a power 15 in the next racequot and my coaches looks at me with his that s a stupid question face and says quotAnything less than a power 20 and you won t be in the racequot And I was right like I had known all long but it s dif cult when you have eight people other telling you You re wrong You re wrong You re wrong And you have to maintain I m right I m right I m right This is what we re doing It takes a special level of con dence to know when you re right and stand by it and also see where you ve been wrong and correct it Although I spent a lot of time learning from Joe and my recordings it was the people on the team that pushed me especially the other coxswains l m naturally competitive and I had to be better than them KC was a junior my freshman year but we had both just started She was overly con dent in my opinion she thought she was the best I promise you that wasn t true I far surpassed her skill because I worked for it I knew where I needed to improve instead ofjust simply assuming I was good That s what I m talking about with coxswains con dence being overly con dent can kill you and being under con dent can paralyze you It s about balancing and knowing when and how to improve The Stroke Breakdown Catch First Inch Drive Half Slide Legs Back Arms Finish Release Recover Swing Pick Three Quarter Slide Catch Mastering the con dence of a coxswain is the most dif cult task I had to undertake When I started I was quiet and shy and that didn t t my new role I had to develop and an entirely new personality I had to be someone who was comfortable in charge commanding and able to make intelligent decisions con dently and quickly Once I was able to make it through practice as the one in control then I had to learn how to make it through a race as the one in control this is an entirely new level of con dence The racing persona is different than the practice persona The rowers don t want to hear more of the same old same old they want you to be vicious and merciless You want to look like you could bite the other coxswains heads off while at the same time be calm cool and in control because you re also under more stress that usual and a mistake could cost you the race I had to go rather far out of my comfort zone to cox but I am thankful I did because it changed the way I saw myself I owe a lot to coxing I wouldn t be able to speak out in class or shake a strangers hand if I hadn t become a coxswain The sport de nitely helped me evolve into the person I am today Metcalf 1 Jasmine Metcalf Prof Malek 2416 Collage Analysis Coxing Literally When I was creating my collage I wanted to include elements of rhetoric which were re ective of my coxing for example in the section when I wrote High ten here I 2 3 45 6 7 8 9 10 And shift down here settttttttllllleeeeee catch Iwanted to write in a style that implied how I would actually say it voice in ection is incredibly important in coxing and I wanted to carry that over into my writing using an implied tone When it came to my own thoughts I wanted them to be portrayed in a way I would actually think it When I am coxing my focus is stretched and my thoughts are precise so I used short and precise sentences to convey what I was thinking Slightly t0 starboard Call for catches We re checking call for adjustments Slightly to port I hope this helps the reader understand what it s like to be in the boat and know what a coxswain might be thinking in the middle of a race or practice In contrast when I describe the actually act of coxing I go into detail because there is so much going on all at once and I want to make that clear to the reader An example would be It can be tough being friends with everyone at the same time being in charge of everyone and it s an interesting situation to say the least but a vital balancing act that makes the boat fast My Metcalf 2 teammates were my motivation it didn t really feel like I was trying to win for myself I was trying to win for them It s my job to get them across the line as quickly as possible and to see them smile because we came in first was everything to me I wanted to give enough details to really convey what it s like to be a coxswain and deal with team dynamics When it comes to format in particular I made my collage two columns and included photos which made it feel like article and so I wrote it as if I were telling my story to an audience in a magazine I wanted to get out the important details as well as intrigue them so I chose to write it as a narrative on what it s like to cox while still throwing in details and background knowledge here and there I wanted readers to feel like they could understand what it would be like in my seat what they might be thinking and doing I decided that I didn t want to include extremely specific detail because I wanted the reader to be able to imagine for themselves and believe it could be them I considered the feedback I was given in the peer review and chose to include much of suggestions in the revision I ended up writing two additional paragraphs because of what was said in the peer review and I feel like this make my piece much stronger and I am definitely thankful for the insight I made a few other small changes in wording according to my feedback which I believe improved the ow I also added more detail about the scenery and what it feels like to be out on the water as Kailey had suggested and I think it makes the writing feel more real I also spread the large list of terms out through the collage as Professor Malek has suggested and turned these terms into headers to separate the major ideas in the collage I think the As I Stand Here Writing piece contributed the most to my collage because it was in reading that piece that I realized how many everyday things can be translated and 2 Metcalf 3 described in terms of literacy That piece in particular allowed me to think of coxing in terms of literacy Once I realized that coxing could be described in terms of literacy and began writing about it I realized how much being a coxswain has impacted me It gave me a community of supporters in my team They encouraged me to be better and I wanted to be so that I could work together with them in order to be successful It gave me sponsors like my coach who wasn t just there for me as a crew coach but as a life coach Joe wanted us to be the best we could be in every aspect and he knew this sport was a vehicle that made people greater in so many ways The sport impacted my view how I talk to people how I handle responsibilities and importantly how I see myself I am truly a better person because of it
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