Hello again! I posted here
a few days ago with this project, and I wanted to let everyone know that I finished and handed in my essay!Here
is the essay and here
are the pictures that go with it.
Finally, I wanted to extend a big thank you to all of the people who contributed. If your idea didn't make it into my final draft, it's almost certainly due to space and time constraints; a lot of you had a lot of wonderful ideas. So many, in fact, that I had to cut out the second half of my essay, which was supposed to be on the Hetalia fandom!
Thank you all so much for your support. I hope my essay isn't totally pathetic; I'm pretty much entirely burnt out. Wow. I just turned in my very last undergrad essay. Um. I think I need some time to wrap my head around that...
: Someone just sent me a link to this
, where people are anonymously commenting on my essay! I replied to this PM, and the other party posted my response in the thread at #35509. I didn't want it posted there; I wanted people to be able to post honestly, without wondering whether I'd seen it. It's fun to complain, and I don't mind anything they've said. Therefore, I commented at #35511 to clarify that I hadn't intentionally posted there.
All in all, I have to say that I'm pretty surprised people felt that they had to post anonymously. For future commenters, I'd like to state that you can say all of this directly to me. This essay is easily one of the weakest papers I've done. The teacher said that we could discuss literally any topic, and I, utterly burnt out by my serious classes, decided to take it easy and have some fun writing about Hetalia. That's all. I just shared it so that interested parties could read it.
I'm glad that people seem to be having so much fun ranting about it! I assure you that it wasn't a serious, intense research project. I wrote it in two days after handing in my senior thesis, and I just need to not get an F on it to pass the class. Maybe other people would have taken it seriously, as it was the last undergrad essay I had to do--however, I intentionally structured my senior course load so that I could focus on my thesis. I'm really quite surprised that people are taking it so seriously.
Still, thank you all for taking the time to read it! I'm impressed. (And I just tried to link you all back to this reply with my comment here at #35543. I hope that was okay.)