January 2015

End of Term Blues

There’s this weird bittersweet feeling we tend to get when something is coming to an end. It doesn’t matter whether the ending is a good or bad thing: it’s just somewhat sad every single time! This isn’t a question of reverse-schadenfreude either. I have no answer for you. I’m sure there’s research on the web that can explain this but to avoid having to create a Works Cited list, here’s how I've always dealt with change.

Going to school for the first time was wild

Free Writing

In the last few weeks I’ve been listening to the Mortified podcast,

which features adults reading their adolescent diaries in front of a live audience, with no exaggeration, no embellishment, “just god-given awkwardness”. Every episode is guaranteed to produce cringing smiles.

I kept a diary of my own for six years, running from grade nine through my first year of university.

It's the Most Wonder-(awful)-ful Time of the Year :)

Source

The end of the term is fast approaching. This means that final projects are due. This means that exams are right around the corner. This means that there is a break coming up!

ELPE - Frequently Asked Questions

At the beginning of the Fall 2015 term, many first year students wrote the English Language Proficiency Exam (ELPE). The results are now in! If you have not received an email in your UWaterloo email drop box, please contact elpp@uwaterloo.ca. Here are some answers to questions you may have:

Can I rewrite the ELPE?

What is it like to be a Technical Writer?

I did a co-op term as a technical writer at a high tech company here in Waterloo.

The job of a technical writer varies from company to company, but essentially it involves writing text that allows customers to understand how to use technology. In my case I was documenting software changes, and the process went something like this:

What's Under Your Bed?

Child roaring like a dinosaur

Long, long ago when I was young and dependent, my parents would nag about the state of my bedroom: it rarely met their standards of tidy. I would challenge their unrealistic ideals by questioning them. When this failed to help my cause I would shove everything under the bed.

Why do my clothes need to be put away? I’m going to wear them eventually; why must the bed be made? I’ll be sleeping in it again, tonight; who am I hurting? Why does this “who” care?

Stop looking at Instagram and just get started!

(Unless it's our Instagram you're looking at!)

When you look at someone else’s Instagram account you see the great vacation, the beautiful hair, the new girlfriend, and the winning game. You don’t see the peeling sunburn, all the days she hid under a hat, the heartbreak it took him eight months to get over, or the years and years of practice that led to a single successful game.

Doodle of The Week: Round 3

Salut! 

This one gives me mad Super Saiyan vibes but it's actually my attempt at drawing flames. You might say that this doodle is fire. #WritingUnleashed

New! Improved?

During my undergraduate years at the University of Toronto, I took a class on a Roman poet named Catullus. For a long semester I laboured over his poetry, trying to wrestle his sophisticated Latin phrases into easy English.  From all the hundreds of lines of his poetry that I worked on, one word stands out in my memory: palmulas.

How Clickbait Applies to Essays

When American TV show ratings start to plummet, characters with British accents get added; when websites need more views, one solution is the use of clickbait.

Doodle of The Week: Round 2

Hey Warriors!

Unleash your superpower! #WritingUnleashed

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In summary

I was standing next to someone at the crosswalk out in front of South Campus Hall and I noticed the word “Forward” tattooed across her ankle. Single words inked on skin are a huge trend right now, and a quick search shows that the words people choose represent summary of life goals, belief systems, or ideals.  

Doodle of The Week

I ate too much turkey and fell asleep this weekend instead of coming up with a blog post, so here is a drawing of me at 3 years old. And maybe again at 20.

Unleash your superpower, Warriors! #WritingUnleashed

Ten Websites to Improve Your Writing

One of the things we do at the Writing Centre is show you the tools available online that can help you develop your writing skills. Here are ten of my favourites.

What I Do on Slow Drop-in Days

Drop-in hours at the libraries are best spent helping students with their assignments. What I like most about being a tutor is that I am constantly reminded that I have an entire work term of no homework. I’m living in the liminal space: sitting on the sidelines and not being affected!

How Fast Can You Go?

How fast can you go?

They must have been cast-offs from another school before they even arrived at mine. 

A pen vs a laptop

Using a Pen to Get Past Writer’s Block

As I sit staring at my laptop, little black characters march neatly across the screen.

What I Do When You Don't Come To Drop-Ins

Drop-in hours at the libraries are best spent helping students with their assignments. What I like most about being a tutor is that I am constantly reminded that I have an entire work term of no homework. I’m living in the world of education’s liminal space: sitting on the sidelines not being affected!

Writing Centre Open House - Writing Mural

Did you miss attending our Open House on September 16? You missed some great food, excellent information, and having some fun with words. We asked our visitors to tell us about their writing habits on our Writing Centre mural. Below are some samples of what was written.

Welcome to the UWaterloo Writing Centre!

This is our blog – welcome. We are literally buzzing in our seats anticipating all of the writing we will have to do to keep everything here looking fresh. Our co-ops are English professionals so they don’t mind.

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