One of the attributes of a Liberal Arts student is the ability to present ideas and arguments in the written form, logically and coherently, exhibiting his/her analytical skills. Hence, students at SSLA are expected to write argumentative essays, academic papers, character/plot analysis, film/book reviews and research papers throughout the semester, in almost all their courses.
The Best Essay award is given every year to the student who has written the best academic paper of that year. This award for the academic year 2013-2014 was won by
Batch 2015- Manasa Gopakumar in the History of Man course for her paper on ‘The Idea of Progress’ and Malhar Edwankar for his paper in the Craft of Film Narration class for his paper titled Letter from an Unknown Woman: A comparison between the novel and the film.
Batch 2016- Bhavya Agarwal in the Introduction to Conflict, Violence and Peace Studies course for her paper on the Democratic Republic of Congo and Nachiket Kelkar in the Comparative Mythology course for his paper titled 'What is Myth'.
Batch 2017- Tanushree Baijal in the Introduction to Conflict, Violence and Peace Studies course for her paper on ‘The Idea of Virginity as Cultural Violence’