by Mallory Fitzpatrick Starting as a freshman in college, the familiarity and accessibility of teachers startled and even unsettled me. What did they mean I could just show up at their office? Asking questions after class was one thing, but a one-on-one meeting was so…personal. It wasn’t that my high school teachers didn’t know me,… Read More Having Trouble Sorting Through a Paper? See Office Hours
by Adrianna Deptula At first glance, writing may seem like a solitary activity; we often seclude ourselves within the confines of our laptop screen or busily scribble away with a pen. Although we draw heavily on our own thoughts, ideas, and previous approaches when we begin to compose a draft, writing is rather a social… Read More Writing as a Social Activity
by Alex Vicarel-McConnell I am a chronic procrastinator. If there were a competition to determine the worst (or best?) procrastinator, I would most definitely win. I’m actually writing this blog post as a way to procrastinate writing two different papers. I’ve completed many tasks while procrastinating. Instead of writing a paper, I’ve cleaned my room,… Read More Ending the Procrastination Nation
by Jamie Gatesman If you’re anything like me, your teachers in high school commanded you to never use ‘I’ in academic writing, and you strictly adhered to this principle. When I enrolled in college courses, I was caught by surprise when my professors wanted me to integrate my opinion into a formal paper. My EN-125… Read More Why it is Ok to Use ‘I’ and Integrate Your Opinion in Academic Writing
by Angela Baumgardner When we first arrive at John Carroll, students hear about the Writing Center during freshman year in English 125, Communications 125, and countless other 100-level classes. Often at the insistence of first year English professors, freshmen frequent the Writing Center and receive feedback on their essay drafts. Professors continue laying the groundwork… Read More Why Upperclassmen Still Find the Writing Center Useful
by Mackenzie Clinger Everyone has different experiences with writing. Sometimes these experiences are motivating and drive you to achieve progress you had never believed possible. This is the experience that I can mostly relate to. I can name countless English teachers I have had that have allowed me to grow as a writer… Read More Afraid to Visit the Writing Center? Don’t Be!
by Silvia Iorio Whenever the month of August comes around, the reality of school starting soon begins to set in. As I remember how quickly the hot summer days filled with popsicles, laziness, and the cool feeling of pool water have gone by, I also look forward to coming one step closer to goals I… Read More The Switch: Summer’s August to School’s August