Cracking the Cover Letter

2018-11-19T16:44:10+00:00Tags: , , , |

Cover letters are a part of job, internship, and practicum applications that always tripped me up.  As soon as I saw the words “cover letter”, I felt stuck because I didn’t know where to begin.  Unfortunately, as a graduate student, cover letters are an unavoidable part of my life.  Many graduate school, practicum, and job [...]

The Curse of Knowledge

2018-11-19T16:52:17+00:00Tags: , , , |

Once I know something, I find it hard to remember what it was like not to know it. As a result, I have a hard time communicating what I’ve learned. I use jargon – specialized words that experts in the field know. I don’t include examples and evidence that seem obvious to me. I expect [...]

Beyond Rules

2019-03-21T23:24:37+00:00Tags: , , , |

I recently went through a box of ephemera from high school, including old essays. Each one I read started with a dictionary definition. According to Merriam-Webster, rigid (adj.) means inflexibly set in opinion, or strictly observed. I think an English teacher told me that one possible way to start an introduction is to define a [...]

Procrastination Nation

2018-11-19T16:47:42+00:00Tags: , , , |

I acquired a nasty habit in college: procrastination. However, I’ve started retraining myself not to wait until the last minute to write. I used to say “Oh, I write better under pressure,” except that writing under pressure meant writing a day or two before the paper was due, late at night, hyped up on coffee, [...]

Finding Clarity Despite the Clutter

2018-11-19T16:49:44+00:00Tags: , , , , |

Like many, I multi-task throughout the day, juggling various responsibilities at the computer. Today, I’m juggling emails, finishing reports, editing texts, and writing this reflection.  If I am not careful, a variety of documents stack upon each other on my screen, and multiple internet browsers lie open, tempting me to explore in new directions. My [...]