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Email Etiquette

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In college, communication with professors is vital. Most classes will either meet one, two, or three times a week, and besides these times there are limited opportunities to communicate with professors outside of class and office hours. So what is a good way to get in touch with professors? The answer may seem odd to a high schooler, but sending emails is often the preferred method to communicate with instructors. This also goes for advisors, bosses, or anyone else with whom you need to make contact. Before coming to college,…read more

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Approaching Professors

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Talking with professors in college can be intimidating, especially if you are asking for special accommodations. Many professors are actually more approachable than students realize; but when you are new to college and its structure, it is easy to be overwhelmed or nervous around instructors. However, it’s important to approach them and explain your need for additional accommodations at the very start of the semester (instead of right before the first exam … or even worse, the last!). That way they can have more of a heads-up for what you…read more

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Setting It Up!

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When it comes to writing papers, often one of the most challenging aspects is not the actual writing portion but actually getting it started. In this blog I’m going to talk about practical and applicable ideas to successfully understand, organize, and start a paper. Many people often mistake starting with an outline as the first step. However, prior to this you need to be able to fully understand the assignment and its requirements.  If you are too rushed to get a paper out of the way, you could easily make…read more

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I Can’t Write to Save My Life

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Okay, so let’s face it…most people dread the writing that comes with attending college. So many people say they can’t write, hate writing, or both! On the flip side, writing is one of our most important forms of communication. We use it for all aspects of life. Just look around, writing is literally everywhere. Whether we like it or not, being able to communicate through writing is extremely crucial and vital to our education and life past college. Whether you are hoping to be a doctor, lawyer, police officer, musician,…read more

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Campus Writing Resources

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Writing papers in college is easy right? I just turn in one draft and boom, it’s done. Well technically yes, but a composition class grading system does not offer a lot of room for mistakes and mess-ups. Many elements contribute to a paper’s final score, and each paper is often worth a large chunk of your final grade. I’ve learned that writing is one area where colleges generally offer tons of support resources. Students who struggle with writing can still have good grades in English classes! The key, however, is…read more

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Courtney’s Story

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Hi, my name is Courtney! I am 21 years old and from Raleigh, North Carolina. I am currently in my senior year at East Carolina University, where I am majoring in Communications with a concentration in public relations and minor in English. One day I hope to work with a non-profit organization or public relations firm. My personal learning differences are dyslexia with a processing disorder.

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