Category Archives: Tips and Advice

From Wes to the Real World

Sarah Firshein graduated from Wes in 2004, English degree in hand.  After making her way in the magazine industry from Connecticut to NYC, she’s now at the top of the masthead as editor of Curbed National–a well-known and respected interior … Continue reading

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My Pet Peeve: Less/Fewer

My Pet Peeve, a new Writing Blog series, talks to students and professors about the writing mistakes that drive them absolutely crazy. My roommate, Liz, is a pretty easy-going person.  She never complains when I leave my dishes in the … Continue reading

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Start Preparing for Midterms Now (even if there’s no way you’re ready to start writing yet)

We get it.  There’s a sizable portion of students who are never going to be persuaded to start writing a paper until the night before it’s due.  For the diehard procrastinators, waiting until the last minute–when no number of Youtube videos, … Continue reading

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[FYW] Tip: Save all your writing in one place

When I say “all your writing,” I mean it: save everything, from short responses to full-blown research papers. Eventually, you will most likely be asked to produce a writing sample (for a Professor, for a job application, the list goes … Continue reading

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[FYW] Tip: Take some time before the semester starts to reflect on your writing

It’s about to get busy around here. Between the activity-filled days of Orientation and the chaos that is the first few week of classes, it can be near impossible to find the time to stop and take a breather. So, … Continue reading

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What’s On Your Summer Reading List?

A random collection for sure, but I am excited to tackle all these. The Help by Kathryn Stockett. Zeitoun by Dave Eggers. (Just moved to New Orleans. We shall see…) Mornings on Hourseback by David McCullough. Because Teddy Roosevelt is … Continue reading

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William Safire’s Great Rules of Writing

Do not put statements in the negative form. And don’t start sentences with a conjunction. If you reread your work, you will find on rereading that a great deal of repetition can be avoided by rereading and editing. Never use … Continue reading

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Use What You Know: Applying College Survival Skills to the GREs

In these early weeks of summer, many of us are begining the unpleasant process of planning for the future… As a recent Wesleyan graduate with future graduate school ambitions, I read over the Princeton Review study guide for the GREs … Continue reading

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Why You Should Get to Know Olin Library’s Special Collections and Archives, Part II: A Student Writer’s Experience and How-To Crash Course

Special Collections and Archives has served as an incredibly useful resource for my writing career at Wesleyan over the past two years, since I was first introduced to the department in English 201. Many of you reading this blog have … Continue reading

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Reflections from a Student Journalist

Journalism is alive at Wesleyan—in the Argus, within smaller publications, on Wesleying and other student blogs, and, most recently, in the curriculum, in the form of Forward Editor Jane Eisner’s course, “The Journalist as Citizen.” Innumerable books and websites are … Continue reading

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