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Surviving Finals: A Toolkit

Apr 30, 2018
By Julie KarausIt’s that time of year again. The birds are singing, the flowers are blooming, and once again, you might have left one or two things to the last minute, or perhaps it’s just exam time and all of the knowledge that you acquired, or were expected to acquire, must be called up for the final exam. So how do you cope with the level of stress related to having multiple time sensitive tasks?At my ripe, undisclosed age I have survived many finals weeks as an undergraduate student, a...

Rethinking Transitions

Mar 22, 2018
By Josh WhartonMost of us have a myriad of transition words and phrases that we customarily resort to: also, in addition to, furthermore, consequently. Such expressions are very useful, but resorting to those words and phrases can get fairly repetitive once we start writing longer papers. In addition, it’s often tempting to use a transition word or phrase at the beginning of a paragraph instead of a topic sentence that functions as a transition. Sometimes, this is appropriate. At other times,...

How to Find Your Voice in Writing

Mar 14, 2018
By Sophie PillsburyEver since I was a little girl, when I would write research papers, my teachers would write on my paper “too much voice—this needs to be professional.” I didn’t understand how to write without having a voice because it just happened without me thinking about it. I think this stemmed from beginning my writing journey through journaling. I began writing in strictly my voice. This was how I laid the groundwork for the kind of writer I am today, and having teachers say I needed...

How About a Love Letter?

Feb 13, 2018
By Darius McClainIt’s almost that time of year again, where the love of your life (or a little less than, depending on your situation) is persuaded by Valentine’s Day’s alluring nature to get you that one thing you’ve wanted in an attempt to demonstrate their overwhelming affection for you. It takes a decent amount of thought to plan out what you’re going to do for them, especially when you don’t know what to get them….Enter A FEW DECADES AGO!!!!! When the internet was nonexistent, and love...

The Right Time To Write

Jan 31, 2018
By Lizzie HofmannSometimes I find myself staring at a blank Word document wondering why I’m in graduate school. Pursuing a master’s degree in Spanish isn’t exactly difficult for me since I absolutely love reading, writing, and speaking in Spanish. So why do I find myself with writer’s block if it is a topic I really care about? The answer is more obvious than you would think.Writer’s block doesn’t always correlate with apathy. Writer’s block is a mental obstacle; it shows that there is...

Title Troubles?

Oct 27, 2017
By Karle Stinehour            Here is a situation that is likely familiar to many of us: You’ve just completed a beautiful draft of a paper for that class that you’ve been working really hard in. You gave yourself plenty of time to finish it so that you could properly edit it and submit it on time. You revised your essay more than once, and you even found a friend to read it to make sure that it flows and makes sense. Perhaps you’ve even come to...

Introduction Limbo

Sep 21, 2017
Dear Writing Diary,In the beginning, writing was simply done with ink and paper. Scribes would scribble, and they were the elite chosen for this purpose. Now, we have come to the point where most of our writing is done in frantic, haphazard typing sessions an hour before class, and we are left wondering: How do I construct this introduction?! Do I begin with The Beginning? Do I begin with the dreaded thesis? I’m stuck, Diary. I have not even gotten to writing my body paragraphs or conclusion...

Writing Tip: Decoding Cover Letters

Jul 20, 2017
By Josie AllenCover letters are a huge part of applications for internships or job, but writing them can be a pain, especially if you’ve never been exposed to them before. Many people know that cover letters – usually paired with resumes – are sent to potential employers or internship programs, but not everyone knows what their purpose is or what to include when writing them. But no worries! I am here to clear up the confusion about cover letters.Let’s start with an explanation of a cover...

50 Shades of Thesis Denial

Jul 20, 2017
By Katelyn StarkAre you drowning in the gloom and fear of writing your thesis this semester? Have you procrastinated just long enough that your heart is racing at the thought of starting on something? You’re in luck. Let us pull you out of your thesis stupor and get you on the right track.At this point in the semester, you’re most likely at the stage where you have a solid foundation for your research. We are hoping that you have already met your thesis advisor and have a question and...

Perplexed Progressions

Jul 20, 2017
Dear Writing Diary,I’ve been having a problem with my writing recently. All of my professors tell me that I need help with progression in my papers and that my transitions don’t work. They don’t think that my ideas relate to one another. Another thing is that I am writing a big paper soon, and it will be difficult for me to transition between all those paragraphs. I’m afraid that I am going to get off topic because my transitions need some work. I want to be able to make my parents proud. If I...