• 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.

  • Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Senior
    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

    Jin Baek

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

    Kathryn McCarrick

    Sophomore
    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

    Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

  • Laila Zemar

    Sophomore
    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

    Takudzwa Munjanja

    Senior
    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

    Brooke Elvehjem

    Junior
    Mora, MN
    Biology

    Jason Chavez

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

  • Malvern Madondo

    Senior
    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

    Halle Nystrom

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

    Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Senior
    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

    Neena Koslowski

    Junior
    Apple Valley, MN
    Management

  • Bryan Chavez

    Junior
    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

    Shivani Singh

    Junior
    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

    Laura Salazar

    Senior
    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

    Daniela Moreno Gomez

    Senior
    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

  • Katelyn Gehling

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

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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