2008 Delta Winds
A Magazine of Student Essays
A Publication of San Joaquin Delta College 2008
Table of Contents
- Letter from the Editors
To make something precious to you, to favor it with all your energy, to sacrifice your own comfort or preferences to satisfy someone else's needs-that is true devotion.
- My Life in the Footsteps of Technology
My mom always made us kids keep a quarter in our pockets just in case we had to call her in an emergency. I think I had carried mine for two years.
- School Bully
I noticed that after the fight some kids had a new respect for me. It was not because they liked me. It was because they were scared of me.
- The Fine Art of Procrastination
I pulled out my X Box, plugged in my controller, loaded my Halo 2 disc, and started killing a bunch of aliens.
- Scrubbing Bubbles
Oh, the gut-wrenching pain and heartache of having been deceived by someone so close . . . a gigantic multi-billion dollar conglomerate over a thousand miles away that had worked so hard to earn my trust in several strategically positioned, thirty-second television commercial spots!
It is also a mystery why some people happen to come to resemble a mummified corpse found buried under the vast sand dunes of Egypt.
- The Use of Performance-Enhancing Drugs
It has gotten to the point where athletes from other countries are coming to the United States to buy performance-enhancing drugs that are illegal in their home countries.
- Women Like Me
As an only child of a single mother, I have done what is expected of me, but in the privacy of my heart and mind I write to reveal to myself what exactly is true to me.
- Is Wal-Mart Good for Small Town America?
Probably the most controversial issue and the one most likely to raise a debate, is the attempt to build a super Wal-Mart in Lodi.
- America the Promised Land
In the sizzling cauldron of America, all that beautiful sacredness of our former traditions dies to give way to celebrations that merely emphasize material aspects.
- What I Believe Was Our Last Commute
They gave my dad a ride into town to get food and a new part for our van-the one that was most likely to run.
- Wreck the Hall with Antique Vases
Before I knew it, Auntie Ashie was ushering me into the family room. Her nostrils flared as fear wrapped itself around me.
- Beauty is the Beast
If I, as a woman, received every procedure to correct what society deems as unattractive, I would look atrocious.