Having Trouble Sorting Through a Paper? See Office Hours

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

Ending the Procrastination Nation

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

Why it is Ok to Use ‘I’ and Integrate Your Opinion in Academic Writing

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

Why Upperclassmen Still Find the Writing Center Useful

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

Afraid to Visit the Writing Center? Don’t Be!

  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!