College Days


In the article, College Days by Garrison Kaillor, he talks about the memories and experiences that took place in his college days at University of Minnesota. Kaillor takes us back into his memories about college and is very descriptive while recalling what college was like for him. Keillor says that students “sat at the long oak library tables, heads bowed, rows and rows of them, reading, reading, reading.” This helps us as readers visualize the library filled with many students focused on their work, trying to expand their knowledge of their class work.

Kaillor starts to write about how he was not wealthy by any means going to college. In the 6th paragraph, he writes  “Dad had made it clear that he couldn’t contribute to pay for my education, which I hadn’t asked him to and I was relieved not to have to consider an offer. A nice clean break. I got a job working the 6 to 10 a.m. shift in the big parking lot on the river flats for $1.48 an hour.” This goes to show that even if you do not come from a wealthy family, college is still possible. He worked long hours to pay for his education. He worked hard in and outside of the class room to make sure he could become something after college. Which is what every college kid strives for right?

Garrison Kaillor puts college into perspective and makes it relatable for students who have been there or for those who will be there.  His article was very relatable and easy to follow and read.

Work Cited

Keillor, Garrison. “College Days.” Garrison Keillor. N.p., 07 May 2013. Web. 04 Apr. 2016.

Snow Day


Often, snow is a pure, peaceful blanket that takes over our town and puts a whole day in silence. “Snow Day” by Billy Collins shows that snow can beautiful, fun and playful. As an author, he uses tone, symbolism and imagery to show us as readers, the relationship people can have with winter weather. Collins says “the dog will porpoise” (3)  and “darting and climbing and sliding” (7) to give the reader a feeling of a child’s play.  Also, the poet mentions that the speaker is excited about the several preschools that are closed.

Collins makes the poem so that anyone who has actually seen snow, or has not, gets a feel for what it is like. To myself, when he writes;

“Today we woke up to a revolution of snow, its white flag waving over everything”

I feel like he is comparing it to calming everything that is going on and giving everyone a day of rest. The snow is used as a symbol of surrender and truce as white flag is.

Snow Day by Billy Collins