Essay Guidelines

As part of TAMIU's "Reading the Globe" experience, students will have the opportunity to compete for a paid educational adventure to a special RTG location during winter or spring break.  Students will visit historical sites, enjoy educational lectures by local instructors, and may participate in service-learning activities.   


  • Must be 18 years old prior to travel departure date (January 2020), and taking UNIV 1101 course Fall for the first time.

  • Length: 1000 - 1500 words
    • Format: MS Word Document
    • Double space
    • Font: Times New Roman 12

  • Title Page must include
    • Your name
    • TAMIU ID#
    • Instructor name
    • UNIV section number
    • All subsequent pages must have your TAMIU ID# and page number only.

You will have 1 of 3 opportunities to write and submit your paper in the Testing Center located in Senator Judith Zaffirini Student Success Center 201 on the following dates:

  • Saturday, October 5 from 1:00-5:00 pm
  • Sunday, October 6 from 1:00-5:00 pm
  • Monday, October 7 from 8:00 am-8:00 pm

Please arrive three (3) hours before closing time; maximum of three (3) hour time limit. You may bring your copy of the book only; dictionaries will be provided. Bring a USB Pin Drive if you want to save a copy of your essay for your records.

Sample successful essays from previous years can be found below. 

Selection Process:

Each essay that meets the submission guidelines will be read by the Essay Committee. The top 25 essays will be selected; these students will be scheduled for an interview; then a selected number of students, will be chosen to go on the trip. A list of ranked alternates will be in place should some of the chosen students not be able to travel.

Essays will be chosen for their critical, thoughtful, well-written response to the following prompt:


Rickardsson writes, “there’s a big difference between choosing not to take care of your children and living in a society that doesn’t give its citizens the resources so you can take care of them.” Discuss this quote and then answer the following question: To what extent should society give citizens resources to take care of their children? Support your position by providing specific examples from the book and your own experiences or those in our border community that contribute to your understanding of this issue.

  • Proposed Travel Dates: January 2020; dates TBA

Travel Requirements:

  • Current Passport with expiration date not less than 6 months prior to or after travel time
  • Visa, - Fee to be paid by student
  • Immunizations as required
  • Personal spending money

If you are chosen for the trip and transfer out of TAMIU your sophomore year, you will be required to refund TAMIU the full cost of the trip. Please review the Frequently Asked Questions page for additional information.

Contact Information:
University College 
Zaffirini Student Success Center 223 
Phone 326-2134 
Fax 326-2129

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