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A.) My Topic: My topic this semester was about the conflict that Ukraine has with it’s neighboring country, Russia. Based on the situation in Ukraine, I wrote about why Ukraine should seek help from outside forces such as the EU, U.S., or NATO.
B.) My Essays: In this class, I wrote three essays. My first essay was a definition paper, in which I defined my topic in a way so that the audience would get a general idea of what is going on in Ukraine. For my topic, it was important that the audience knew the events that led to the point of Russia invading Ukraine. What inspired me to write about this topic is that I myself am Ukrainian, and I have many family members that live in Ukraine as well, so over the past few years, the events happen in Ukraine are always a constant basis for discussion in my family. For my second essay, I wrote a rebuttal to my first essay, so I basically tried to disprove some of the points that I made while still withholding my original viewpoint in the background. It was fun to explore the other side of my argument in this essay, which is why I believe It turned out better than my first essay. As for my third essay, which is my proposal paper, I’m writing about a way for the conflict in Ukraine to subside.
C.) My Research Methods: When researching about my topic, I looked for articles from news sources that talked about the conflict in Ukraine, where the conflict is at right now, and where the conflict may go if certain things happen. The conflict in Ukraine is still talked about today, especially with the recent events of three Ukrainian ships being fired upon then seized by Russian ships in the Kerch Strait, so finding articles and sources wasn’t too difficult. It was a matter of finding the best sources which turned out to be somewhat challenging. I didn’t really spend much time in databases because I felt like news articles online were easier to come across and easier to cite. When it came to seeking help from other people for this topic, I actually ended up asking for my dad’s input on the topic and he showed me a few good sources that I could’ve used in my writing.
D.) Sources: Some good articles about my topic;
E.) Final Details/Observation: Overall, I learned a lot more about my topic than before I started writing these essays. Beforehand, I had a general knowledge when it came to Ukraine’s conflict, but researching and reading over countless sources throughout this process has ultimately strengthened my understanding of the conflict in Ukraine, and many aspects of it that I hadn’t even thought about until reading about them. Before writing these essays, I only knew what my topic was about, not how it should be solved or ways to end it. In the end, I still have the same perspective about my topic, Ukraine should become more aligned with Europe if it wants to end its conflict with Russia. In the future, I’d want to know a lot more about my topic since there are countless factors that go into Ukraine’s conflict, and each one is worth knowing.