The First Chapter Essay Contest committee invites you to submit a critical and/or constructive response to any of the ideas or arguments presented in this year’s book.
Responses should be between 750 and 1,250 words in length and should exhibit strong intellectual engagement, with specific references to the book’s content.
Here are a few examples of the sorts of questions around which you might frame a response paper:
In Reality is Broken, McGonigal differentiates extrinsic and intrinsic rewards brought about by games. Besides good grades, internship opportunities, and job prospects (which are arguably some extrinsic rewards of college), what are some intrinsic rewards you hope to achieve at GW?
Where do you see specific points of weakness or underdevelopment in McGonigal’s arguments in favor of the positive social impact and potential of games? How would you either strengthen or revise her claims?
As a student at GW, and in your life more generally, what can you actively do to develop—and to help others develop—the sorts of “positive emotions, personal strengths, and social connections” that McGonigal describes?
Essay submissions must be submitted by September 1st, 2013 in Word or PDF format to email@example.com. All submissions must include a title page with the student’s name and academic school/college listed.
Selected essays will be published in a booklet that will be distributed around campus. And the authors of the top, winning essays will be invited to join McGonigal for dinner following her lecture here on October 4th, 2013!