Applying Lessons Learned Abroad to Writing Consultations

I studied abroad in France for the Spring 2016 semester. During that time, I took mainly literature courses in French and lived in a residence primarily for first-year students, which offered a few rooms to International students like myself. When the other students learned I was American, they pretty quickly began to ask for help… Read More Applying Lessons Learned Abroad to Writing Consultations

Why EN 125 Matters: A Student Friendly Guide

Why does John Carroll make everyone take a writing course? As a graduate instructor of English 125, I begin each semester asking this question and spend the rest of the semester defending the answer. Freshman year is exhilarating—you’re freed from home, responsible for your own living and learning, and discovering who you are. Then, you’re… Read More Why EN 125 Matters: A Student Friendly Guide

Getting Rid of the Red Pen: Collaboration and the Writing Center

Editing reminds me of red pens and elaborate inscriptions on a draft of a paper. Scribbles of adjustments clutter the page, such as, “Move this sentence here” or “Change this word to another” or “Elaborate on this idea.” Sometimes there are sections crossed out entirely. Editing a paper may strive to produce a more concise… Read More Getting Rid of the Red Pen: Collaboration and the Writing Center