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Tiny Stories to Make You Think, Smile, Cry…and Write!

In the same vein as the ever-popular FML and MLIA, MMT – which stands for Makes Me Think – is a website devoted to collecting snippets of profound human moments that encourage readers to pause and reflect on the strangeness … Continue reading

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First Day of Classes Checklist

Hopefully you’ve all had a nice, relaxing break, ’cause tomorrow we hit the ground running with this semester’s first day of classes! Before you head to class tomorrow, make sure you’re well prepared with: A writing implement of some kind. … Continue reading

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Drop/Add and Email Etiquette

If pre-reg was cruel to you last November (or you had an epiphany over break and decided to trade your economics major to pursue astronomy), you’re likely in for a stressful drop/add. We’ve all been there, pressing to the front … Continue reading

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For When You Just. Cannot. Write. Any. More.

“Vanderburg goes on to argue that the recent increase in emissions I CANNOT DO THIS WHY IS THIS HAPPENING TO ME LALALALALA.” Yes, the drafts of my papers actually look like that. I get to the point where I’m so … Continue reading

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The Art of the Argumentative Thesis

It’s one of the maxims of writing an effective academic paper: thou shalt have an argumentative thesis. But what does “argumentative” really mean? First, your thesis shouldn’t be so obvious that virtually any reader would agree with it without even … Continue reading

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[FYW] Tip: Bookmark these websites!

In my junior year of high school, a number of students in my class received awards to commemorate our academic achievements. The prize? A brand new, two volume, gold-plated dictionary. I remember one student next to me grumbled about trading … 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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[FYW] Scheduling a writing-filled semester

When I first discovered Wesmaps before my freshman year, I spent three hours clicking through the site in a frantic haze before I had to drag myself away. I was overwhelmed: not only were there an extraordinary number of courses … Continue reading

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[FYW] Tip: Bring some old writing to Wesleyan

Nothing quite says “wow, I’ve really improved my writing” like reading your old work. It can be so rewarding to leaf back through papers you wrote years back and take note of all the ways your writing has improved since. … Continue reading

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