Okay so here's what this One Teacher says they've had people write about for the "fear paper"
I have had students write about: being held up at gunpoint, being diagnosed with cancer, being the new kid at school, being in a car wreck, coming into contact with the mafia, losing a job, getting lost in the wilderness, coming out to parents, having a terrible drug trip, losing a loved one, getting married, experiencing an earthquake, having a baby, being in combat, being grilled by the INS…
and then a shorter list:
I have had students write about anything from having a bad dream to giving an oral presentation to being a prisoner of war.
Community college, man