Degree Type

Thesis (Campus Access Only)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Date Information

May 2016



First Advisor

John Scrimgeour


love, loss, memoir, family, life


A memorable birthday party to a violent Christmas Eve, From the Ashes details the story of a broken family, and a young girl who learned to overcome. Jessica Olin details her parents' divorce, her many moves, and the challenges of becoming a parent to one's own parent in her memoir. From pleasant memories of a childhood Halloween to the soul crushing loss of someone loved, Jessica Olin impressively describes her most memorable moments, demonstrating how our experiences shape our future, and giving us some insight into the disillusion of what family really means.