In Latin, the phrase Quarare Deum means “to seek God.” That’s just what this e-portfolio attempts to do through writing…just in English. Within its virtual pages you will find the writing I’ve completed as I pursue a Minor in Writing from the Sweetland Writing Center at the University of Michigan.
Before diving in to the above menu, however, you would do well to clear from your mind any narrow-minded, preconceived notions of the term “writing”. Because you may find yourself surprised at just how much this seven-letter word can encompass. To name just a few, for me “writing” includes:
- An assignment I plagiarized (Re-mediation Project)
- My five-word defense when caught (New Media Writing)
- A fire-and-brimstone editorial to the Michigan Daily (Re-purposing Project)
- A personal reflection on the relationship between writing and Quarare Deum (Why I Write)
Beyond Writing 220, I’ve also been privileged to take several other writing courses throughout my academic career. In fact, it was a research essay from one particular class that inspired the Quarare Deum theme in the first place.
But these two Latin words are far from my creation. I first came across them about a year ago in the movie below and have been unable to forget them since. Through their daily lives, these monks have perfected the very thing I’m feebly attempting to through my writing, something which–in English, at least–can best be summed up in the words of Psalm 46: Be still, and know that I am God.