Researcher ORCID Identifier


Graduation Year


Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Reader 1

Glenn Simshaw

Reader 2

Kimberly Drake

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This thesis is about family and community truths and stories, childhood anxieties and sensitivities, and a kid who desperately still wants to make you think she’s clever. This collection of essays anchored by personal stories aims to highlight the ways that we tell stories to an audience. As children tell stories, they gauge their listener, slowly learning to use rhetorical tools, and by the time we are adults, we have learned to alter our stories entirely to please listeners. This project experiments with the rhetoric used in these moments as we uncover our carefully stored memories and stories from our childhoods, comparing the differences in stories we told as kids and the way we tell those stories as adults.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.