Essays and Updates

I just got finished writing a 5 to 6 page essay for a class. I have been wanting to procrastinate all day, but because I’ve had all week to do it, I figured I would jump right in.

My essay was a page short, unless you count the works cited page. I had nothing left to say. My BS sources were depleted and my info-river had dried up. I avoid the tricks other college students tend to do with the sizing because I feel guilty for not having enough words to put to the page.

My whole life I’ve written 3-4  (or less) page papers. I’ve grown used to my short papers. I know how to be concise, because it’s been pounded into my head ever since I first learned what an essay was. Every time I write a longer paper, I find myself sounding redundant. I feel like I’m repeating myself or just rewording the sentence I just typed. It’s hard. College is hard.

Professors always say that if your length doesn’t meet their expectations, there is something wrong with your thesis. It’s too broad a topic. It’s too narrow a topic. It’s nonexistent.

So, I’m left with the towering suspicion that I wasn’t properly taught how to write a thesis. Or, at least, I’m not quite sure how to go about writing one. Yet everywhere I look online tells me exactly what I thought it was. I suppose I have more to learn when it comes to writing essays, but I have no one at this stage who will point me in the right direction. So, I’m stuck with my B papers for now.

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Study Abroad Update:

I’ve been accepted! I got the news a few months ago, but just yesterday I bought my plane tickets and it’s becoming more and more real that this is going to happen. Now, I’m starting to think about what I want to pack and how I’m going to have a phone and money over there. There’s a lot left on my to do list but my excitement is making me eager to keep the ball rolling!

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photo credit: How To Write A Good Essay

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One thought on “Essays and Updates

  1. “Professors always say that if your length doesn’t meet their expectations, there is something wrong with your thesis. It’s too broad a topic. It’s too narrow a topic. It’s nonexistent.”
    One would expect a university environment to focus on solving a problem instead on feeding it, but oh well.
    I remember long time ago when I was writing my IT paper how I hated it that I had to make it fancy in order to appeal to the short attention spam and personal whims of the audience, which is supposed to be comprised of professionals who should be above that. … Well, I at least gave it a playful yet on-topic cover. … They told me they found it too (insert bullshit word, I don’t remember the exact wording). Well, if you start feeding the problem, it grows, so I should have expected it.
    So, playing the monkey for some grown-up brats … definitely not where I saw my future.

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