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Essay Contest for Just Mercy

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Each year, Messina and the Class Dean’s Office co-sponsor a Common Text Essay contest for the newest members of the Loyola Community. 

The prompts for the 2018 Common Text essay contest will be posted during the week of June 16th.  You will be asked to answer one of the two prompts below using only the Common Text and your intellect. That is, no outside resources are needed in this exercise in reflection and discernment. The goal is original thought inspired by careful reading. Your essay should be no longer than 5 double-spaced, typed pages.

To be eligible, please submit an original essay based on the prompt below to Michael Puma, Co-Director of Messina at messina@loyola.edu no later than midnight on August 14, 2018. Three prizes of $350 each will be awarded.  We will celebrate the winners during Fall Welcome Weekend at the Common Text Convocation on August 31, 2018. 


Contact the Messina Office at 410-617-2669 or visit www.loyola.edu/Messina for a list of academic and support services available to Loyola students, including helping you make the transition to campus and college life.

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