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.
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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