Narrative Essay Example for College Composition I

Instructor: Shelby Stewart
This is a sample essay on an awesome party with explanations that will help you write a great narrative essay.

Essay Introduction

For this lesson, we will provide an example for a narrative essay which meets the requirements of the assignment. Use this essay as an example for your own writing. In the following section, read through the sample narrative essay which responds to the prompt: ''Think back to a time you had an awesome party. Describe the event, what you did, and how it impacted your life.''

After the sample essay, there is an analysis section, which points out specific strong sections of the essay.

Sample Essay

When I reflect on parties, gatherings, and celebrations that stick out for me, I think of turning points. I think of graduations and commencements, of birthday parties and retirement parties, of engagement parties and baby showers. I think of all of these joyous times and how each celebrated a pivotal moment. For each, there was the way things were and then the new way. When I consider this transition from the past to the future, no gathering sticks out as does the party celebrating my departure from America.

As a lead up to this farewell event, I increasingly became frantic. I had to prepare for my departure from the country. It turns out there is much to do to successfully move to a new country. There were so many loose ends to tie up. I had family to visit, travel documents and a new passport to assemble, clothes and electronics to collect, etc. Then there were the things I would learn along the way (so, there is a European plug, but there is a different kind of plug for the UK!).

One of the other stresses I had was planning my going away party. I became overwhelmed with all of the details to make this event happen. I needed to find an appropriate venue which was accessible and affordable, but could not be my house due to space restrictions. I needed to identify, invite, coordinate with, and follow up with all of the guests. Then I needed to concoct a theme that was approachable, fun, and easy for the guests. I realize these don't seem to be challenges which strain everyone, but in addition to the stress of leaving and ensuring everything came together before I left, I had to try not to alienate any family members or friends.

Fast forward to the night of the party. I decided to make it a ''London throughout the ages'' theme and to keep it simple. A friend offered to host at his house and a few folks helped me decorate in the traditional red, white, and blue colors of the United Kingdom flag. With the colored streamers in place, my vest and derby accenting my outfit, all that was left was for the guests to arrive. Relaxing would have been easy, so I started stress eating and redoubling my cleaning efforts.

Guests arrived, music started, and all the smiles and hugs were exchanged. Then more people arrived. And more. My internal monologue had me asking myself, ''would everyone get along?'' I rushed around to separate groups trying to mingle and encourage connection, but there were more people coming and I didn't think it would work.

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