First Year Writing: A Series

You’ve probably heard it said before that college writing is a whole new ballgame. We’re not going to lie to you: it can be tough, especially at first. You will be asked to turn out pages more frequently than ever before. You will need to intelligently respond to complex, abstract questions in mere paragraphs and complete long research projects without anyone checking in to make sure you’re on task. No matter how great your writing was in high school, you’ll likely have some adjustments to make. And if you think you can by-step all that hardship simply by avoiding writing classes, think again. (Sorry guys: there’s plenty of writing assigned in the sciences, too.)

Scared yet? Well, don’t be! Yes, it can be difficult to make the adjustment from high school to college writing, but don’t let that discourage you. If you devote some time at the beginning of the semester to evaluating your strengths and weaknesses as a writer and feeling out this unfamiliar beast that is the college essay, there’s no reason why you won’t make a smooth transition into writing at the college level.

In the coming weeks, check back in for a First Year Writing blog series designed to familiarize freshmen with the writing experience here at Wesleyan. Keep an eye out for loads of helpful tips about college writing as well as information about all the resources Wesleyan has made available to you. If you have any ideas for topics you would like to see covered, please leave us a comment on this post or send us an email at writingworks@wesleyan.edu. Help us help you!

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