The commonly coined phrase “The Struggle Bus” is a bus that seems to house many students. This bus drives along the Writing Process Route, makes no scheduled stops, and reeks of assignments and deadlines. And sometimes body odor from the people who haven’t had a chance to shower or sleep because of that looming deadline of a ten-page research paper.
I understand the pressure to write “the perfect paper” in college. Professors can be intimidating. You wouldn’t want to turn anything in that the professor would laugh at or use as the “what not to do” example for next semester. Well great news! You can bring your paper to the Miller Writing Center for a trial run. We promise not to judge you for what you wrote last night at 2 a.m. And chances are, your paper is NOT as bad as you think.
It’s great to have an extra set of eyes to read your paper and give you a refreshing look on the words you’ve been analyzing over and over. I can’t make any promises to give you “the perfect paper,” but we can help relieve some of the stress and apprehension that writers often experience. We strive to improve your paper so that you feel more confident in your writing ability by the time you leave the session.
So how does the Miller Writing Center actually help to improve your writing?
We’re not an editing service. The tutor and writer will work together to generate ideas for the discussion. It also helps us when the writer decides where they would like the session to go. Will we be looking to make sure the content corresponds to the assignment? Or do you need to make sure your paper follows the APA Style guidelines? It can even be something as simple as figuring out that word that is on the tip of your tongue that you just can’t get right.
The Miller Writing Center tutors can help at any stage of the writing process, from brainstorming to finalizing your final draft. Many clients who come in have great ideas, but they just can’t figure out how to word it. Unfortunately, we cannot write your papers for you, but we can help lead you down the right path.
Although we all have lots of experience as writers, the truth is, we don’t know everything, and we’ve probably written some embarrassing papers ourselves. But we’ve learned from those experiences and are ready to pass our knowledge on to you. So don’t be intimidated by the looming deadline of your paper. And don’t be afraid to pull the “requested stop” wire to get off the Struggle Bus. The Miller Writing Center will be waiting along the Writing Process Route to escort you off.