The Lloyd Hall Scholars Program (LHSP) is Michigan Learning Community for first and second year students that are interested in reading, writing and the arts. The program is not reserved for only art school students, but rather any student that is interested in anything related to arts. There are engineering and pre-med students as well as art and dance school students. LHSP is so wonderful because of this openness and variety of its students that bring together so many different personalities.
I was a student in LHSP my freshman year and I loved every minute of it. I took two different courses through LHSP, one was to complete my First-Year Writing requirement, Matt Kelley’s The American Community. The second was an elective course, Paul Barron’s Creative Non-fiction. This is the 3rd and final essay I wrote for Matt Kelley.
Making A Case For The “Rootless” Americans
I was able to choose my own prompt on any book or topic that we covered the entire semester. I chose John Steinbeck’s Travels With Charlie as my book and I chose Rootless Americans to serve as my theme. “Rootless” Americans address the phenomenon that nearly everyone living in the United States is descendant from a different part of the world and through one avenue or the other we have left our “roots.” This essay investigates if such roots are a physical concept or cultural concept that is not geography dependent.
“Everyone of [Americans]… are descended from the restless ones, the wayward ones who are not content to stay at home”