Students often ask to see samples of student work previously submitted for assignments. Attached you will find a sample of a former student's summer essay. The essay is well-written and exhibits appropriate levels of skill in analysis, synthesis (the composition or combination of parts or elements so as to form a whole; i.e. research material, quotes, etc. to support an argument or claim), vocabulary, grammar, and mechanics. You will also note that the number of words is 1,699. While the minimum number of words required is 1,000, it is certainly acceptable and expected that you will not allow the number of words to guide your exploration of the topic. Do not hesitate to exceed the minimum word count in order to fully exhibit your skills in analysis and synthesizing.