Wired Pursuits

Archive for December 2009

It’s the end of the semester. I’ve got one term paper left then I’m done. As I write, edit, rewrite, reedit and rewrite again a scene from A Christmas Story keeps popping into my head.

I’m sure you remember when Ralphie was writing his essay for class? As he writes, he imagines his teacher reading the essay and being overcome with joy.  The cartoon bubble over his head shows her smiling ear to ear, holding her red marking pen and saying over and over, “Yes, yes, yes. A +, +, +, +, +, +, +, +.”

The next day Ralphie goes to class anticipating the accolades his teacher will shower upon him only to find a C+ at the top of the page.

It’s actually my nightmare. I worry that while I think I’m writing amazing prose, those in academia may not agree. Even though I have years of writing experience, writing for academia is different than writing for business. Do I have what it takes? Is my background research thorough enough? Will I get a C+?  Arggghhhh.

As someone who’s been around the block, it’s hard to be back in an environment where others are grading you. It’s humbling. And I think it’s a good thing. Ultimately it will make me a better writer and scholar.

I’m done for the semester, off to visit with friends and families, and yes, checking the online grading site likely every day. Let’s hope  I do better than Ralphie did.

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