Learning a new skill or art takes time!
Take a minute to think
about something you're really good at. Try to remember how you felt
when you started out. It doesn't matter whether you're accomplished
at drawing human figures, ice hockey, playing a musical instrument,
or fixing engines, chances are pretty good that you initially had
moments of feeling lost, embarrassed, and self conscious. Learning
to write and do research isn't any different. All of us start out
wondering if we're going to be able to pull it off. We need to
be patient and plan to allow time for the process of learning to
unfold. When you're climbing a mountain you can't always see
exactly where you're headed, but when you get to the top you have
a better view of where you've been and a real rush of accomplishment.
So Relax !
by Sarah Malavasic '02
Just as with anything you learn,
there are stages of writing development, with different expectations
at each level. You're not writing a Master's thesis or Doctoral
dissertation at this point in your career. Your job as an undergraduate
is to gain an understanding of a particular area of scholarship.
The materials you select for your paper and how you use them
are your unique contribution.
I'm just no good at writing."
undergraduates start out with all the skills they need to write
research or other papers.
people find writing is time consuming and stressful. Those who succeed
Teaching Assistants, Librarians, and staff at the Writing Center
on campus can all be valuable resources to help you learn how to
approach and succeed with writing assignments.
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