An award-winning essay about the philosophical implications of the coin toss


Coins is an essay I wrote during my first semester at the University of Michigan, for LHSP 125 (Writing and Film). The essay analyzes the coin toss scene in No Country for Old Men and discusses whether a coin toss is truly random. My professor, Carol Tell, nominated the essay for the Matt Kelley/Granader Family Prize for Excellence in First-Year Writing award, issued by the Sweetland Center for Writing. Coins was ultimately selected as one of the two award-winning essays, from a pool of around twenty five nominations. The essay was published in the book Excellence in First-Year Writing 2017 on page 51. The paperback copy is available for purchase on Amazon, but there's also a free PDF version.

Photo from Award Ceremony

Full Essay

Official Writing Prize List