Great post Mark! I like how you used an actual prompt example to help students organize their thoughts better when writing a college essay. There’s a blog post on http:/// that includes more general things that your college essay should say about yourself that students can apply to all prompts as well. You can find it here http:///how-to-write-the-perfect-college-essay-5-things-it-should-say-about-you/ . There’s other college advice on there too about how to master the admissions process and even tips how to format your resume for college applications. Good stuff!
 While tradition may not offer much in the way of legitimacy to parties to the conflict, the wise conflict resolution process designer would be well advised to look to tradition to lend legitimacy to the process. The culture of the parties needs to be given a place of primacy in the design. John Paul Lederach, for example, often discusses coming to the recognition during his time in Nicaragua , that some process concerns taken as definitional in mediation in the United States, were inappropriate, if not actually damaging there. In particular the notion of a neutral third party did not fit into the ways in which the Nicaraguan participants, from different cultural groups themselves, dealt with conflict. From his experience there, Lederach developed his notion of the "insider partial." Aside from increasing the likelihood of success of the intervention, whatever agreement may be produced is much more likely to be supported by parties' constituencies if cultural norms and traditions are key in determining all aspects of the process.
The persona in the picture book I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew , like the migrants in Migrant Hostel , is disillusioned by the journey to the increasingly out-of-reach paradise of Solla Sollew. However, he gains a broadened understanding of life and himself, hence rendering the journey just as important as the original destination that motivated it. The idiosyncratic dialogue “Solla Sollew, where they never have troubles. Or at least very few,” is repeated by everyone the persona meets, giving the first hints that the destination is more of a Utopian idealisation than reality. His vacant facial expressions and body language is gradually dispelled as the journey goes on, reflecting a change in his naïve and unquestioning worldview. Throughout the picture book, the persona is peripherally placed off-centre, suggesting that he has not found any balance in his life or his place in the world. Only when he decides to deal with his problems instead of running away from them do the pictures start centring on him, reflecting his enhanced control over his own destiny. The exaggeratedly large club he wields in striking position is a symbol for the newfound confidence the journey has equipped him with, reflecting his hopeful mood for the future. Hence, the destination may have been of utmost importance at the outset, but when it becomes unreachable, the journey itself becomes just as significant because it teaches the persona about life and reality.