• Alexa Lee

    Alexa Lee

    Class of 2017
    Esko, MN
    English

    Alexa's Bio:
    I was born and raised in the Twin Ports area and am the youngest of five kids. I always wait until the last minute to do really important things (bad habit). In my spare time I love to dance and was on the Dance Team here at CSS.

  • Halle Nystrom

    Graduate Student
    Fargo, ND
    M.S. Health Information Management

    Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

    Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Senior
    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

    Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Senior
    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

  • Laila Zemar

    Sophomore
    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

    Katelyn Gehling

    Junior
    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

    Laura Salazar

    Senior
    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

    Shivani Singh

    Junior
    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

  • Daniela Moreno Gomez

    Senior
    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

    Kathryn McCarrick

    Sophomore
    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

    Jason Chavez

    Senior
    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

    Takudzwa Munjanja

    Senior
    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

  • Malvern Madondo

    Senior
    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

    Bryan Chavez

    Junior
    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

    Jin Baek

    Senior
    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

    Neena Koslowski

    Junior
    Apple Valley, MN
    Management

  • Brooke Elvehjem

    Junior
    Mora, MN
    Biology

Four Classes, Four Papers, One Weekend

I know what you’re thinking, I waited until the last minute to do my homework, so now I am trying to cram it all in one weekend. Well, I can both honestly and dishonestly say you are incorrect. Honestly, because my I started one paper thirteen days in advance, and dishonestly because I have yet to start a paper that is due on Monday. My brain works in mysterious ways, sometimes I don’t even understand either. But have no fear, it will all get done.

But, in all seriousness, I am actually getting stuff done and working ahead. Because, as an English major, I have learned that getting words on the paper is the hardest part, but proofreading and editing are the most important. By far. Of course, that’s easier when you have a solid foundation, but if tenses are changing, structure is coming dissolving, and words are spelled incorrectly, it’s a weak paper. You can have the most amazing content, but that will not always save you from getting a grade you want (an A!). I told myself I would do all my papers this weekend because I need to give myself time to walk away from them, and then go back with a fresh set of eyes and a rejuvenated mind. Writing papers the night before they’re due is the worst possible way to go about an essay. I know people do it, but I can honestly say that I have once, and my grade was a C. Whereas when I did it a week in advance, and did some major and minor tweaking, I got an A.

With that said, some assignments will require more effort than, say, a reflection, or a journal entry, which is why I am starting with my hardest, longest paper, even though I have a different one due sooner. Everyone gets their own techniques that work well for them. This, is mine. You can try it out, or share what your secrets are. I am by no means as essay-writing expert, but I have done it enough to understand that when I take the time to get a draft done, without stopping, and go back to de-lard repetitive sentences, make myself more clear, and re-organize my paper, I am much more confident in the final piece that I turn in.

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