Mentorship Recipient: "Conversations at the End of the World"
On the Revision Process for "Conversations at the End of the World"
by Jena Vallina
I had written “Conversations at the End of the World” while considering the catastrophic outcomes of the climate change crisis, which despite the overabundance of scientific evidence to the contrary still felt relatively detached from my sheltered life as a college student. In writing my essay, I hoped to explore how change occurred on all levels: environmental, sociocultural, and personal. In particular, I was thinking about our refusal to make the “necessary changes” referenced by the legal concept of mutatis mutandis when considering our own behavior, even though everybody will eventually pay the price of our malfeasance in the future.