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Don’t Stress—Schedule

By Kari Lease Balancing all of your responsibilities can be a challenge. As a student and an employee, I have developed a few strategies to reduce stress and achieve my goals. To be successful, I cannot stress enough the importance … Continue reading

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Tips for Requesting Letters of Recommendation

By Erica Dietlein So you need a letter of recommendation. Especially if you’ve never asked for one, this can be a daunting task. How do I ask for something like that? Who do I ask? What if they say no? … Continue reading

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Don’t Hate, Imitate

By Nathan Lachner “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” Imitatio, deriving from the Greek word “to imitate,” refers to the process of studying and emulating rhetorical features of other authors. Many students developing a foundation in writing feel daunted … Continue reading

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Five Ways to Prepare for Presentations

By Jordan Dynes Gasp! Your professor just assigned you a presentation. For as long as you can remember, the mere thought of having to stand and talk to a group of people makes a shiver run down your spine. However, … Continue reading

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Overcoming a Dreadful Case of Senioritis

By Samantha Kutner Senioritis is that drop in motivation and the tendency to procrastinate and/or entirely miss assignments during your final year or semester as an undergrad. It has ruined many an A student, but it doesn’t have to ruin you! … Continue reading

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Using Effective Language in a Cover Letter and Resume

By Ashley Fluellen Dear Job Seeker, I think it’s safe to say that applying for a new job isn’t always the most fun experience in the world. Possibly the most stressful aspects of the application process come with the resume … Continue reading

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Out of the Sheet Music and Into the Essay: Specific Suggestions for Writing about Music

By Cameo Flores Music is highly subjective to the ear, but it is even more subjective when you write about its nitty-gritty details. This blog contains a few things to keep in mind when you write a paper about music. … Continue reading

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Coffee Makes the Student’s World Go ‘Round

By Elizabeth Kelly As college students, we acquire this impressive ability to accomplish large tasks in very little time and on very little sleep.  Let’s face it—college is all about taking five hours to complete a task that should only … Continue reading

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Navigating the Jungle of Summary and Synthesis

By Madison Bosque In the rough terrain of college, many types of writing can feel like a herd of buffalo stampeding towards you. However, it doesn’t all have to be so scary! Let’s make summary and synthesis part of your survival … Continue reading

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A Modest Proposal: A Beginner’s Guide to Writing Conference Proposals

By Reece Gibb Writing a conference proposal for the first time can be intimidating—especially if you’ve never been in a conference environment before. So many questions come to mind: how do I choose a topic? What form does a conference … Continue reading

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