This publication would not be possible without the exceptional talents of the faculty who nominated their students' work for publication. Professors whose students' work appears in this volume include: Jaimie Bleck, Eileen Botting, Catherine Bolten, Elizabeth Capdevielle, Patrick Clauss, Sarah Coogan, John Duffy, Sabrina Ferri, Ala Fink, Edward Kelly, Erin McLaughlin, Collin Meissner, Robinson Murphy, Nathaniel Myers, Micah Towery, Arnaud Zimmern, and Damian Zurro.
Special thanks to members of the editorial board, a team of volunteers who devoted portions of their winter break, office hours, and weekends to the task of choosing a few essays from nearly 100 submissions.
Thanks to photographer Jason Bryant for assistance taking most of the author headshots for the publication.
Finally, continued thanks to members of the web support and library resource team in Hesburgh Library, who offer ongoing technical expertise and support for this publication, particularly Dan Johnson, Dan Wolfe, and Robert Fox.
As always, I appreciate the opportunity to collaborate with so many talented colleagues who are as enthusiastic as I about showcasing excellent first-year student writing. Thank you for your efforts, and for your support of Fresh Writing.
Erin McLaughlin, editor