The Wrap-Up: Parting Advice from Graduating Specialists

All good things must come to an end, and that's especially true this year at SJSU. While we are happy so many of our beloved Writing Specialists are graduating, we'll be sad to see them go! But, never fear, we asked each of them to offer one final piece of advice for us. Tim: Preparation …

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Writing for Business series #2: Writing the Cover Letter

By Vanessa Palencia Gone are the old days when you could just walk into a business and request an application or simply turn in a résumé. Now, a cover letter is often required (in addition to your résumé) to apply for a job. What is a cover letter? A cover letter is simply a more …

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#2bORnot2B: Meme of the Week

This week, we're enjoying the creative work of new Writing Specialist Daniel Tafoya! Welcome, Daniel!       Do you find yourself writing the same sentence over and over again for hours on end? Are you worrying about your grammar when you should be worrying about the strength of your thesis? Has the cleanliness of …

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The SJSU Campus Reading Program Selection

It's Finals Week here at SJSU, which means lots of students are experiencing "The 13 Moments of Finals Week." But, dear Spartans, when you emerge from your multiple days of deep sleep, refreshed and looking for some ideas for summer fun, we hope you think of the Campus Reading Program. Next year's selection is Hotdogs and Hamburgers: Unlocking …

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Writing for Business Series #1: Active Voice & Strong Action Verbs for Résumés

By Vanessa Palencia According to GlassDoor.com, San José is considered the top city in the United States for job seekers to obtain a job. With over 60,000 job openings and an estimated 1 million people residing in San Jose, the competition is tough. A higher education and a good level of expertise is often needed …

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#2bORnot2B: Meme of the Week

This week, enjoy the creative talents of our new Writing Specialist Jenn Hambly! The end of the spring semester is looming, and it seems like everyone who comes to the Writing Center has citations on the brain. So, to ease the pain of all those nit-picky parentheticals, painfully punctuated APA sources (don't forget the periods!), …

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The Write Job for You!

More often than not, if you're any form of Humanities major in college, you'll be asked this question from well-meaning people: Well, guess what? There are plenty of other jobs, especially in the tech sector, designed for Humanities majors/writers!* Here's a brief overview so you can discuss these roles next time someone asks you that question: …

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Quick Tip #16: Rules are made to be broken

One of the first rules of learning English is that there are, well, rules to follow.  We learn our tenses, punctuation, sentence structure, and all those "correct" academic words to use in an organized, thoughtful (often 5 paragraph) essay. And it's good to learn these rules for they help us communicate in a way that …

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#2bORnot2B: Meme of the Week

Editor's Note: The next three Friday posts will feature our three new Writing Specialists! Let's welcome them! by Luke Coulter Randall Munroe is the artist behind the webcomic XKCD. While his comic’s topics range from dressing up ferrets to speculative fiction about the scientific source of the story of Noah’s Ark, our personal favorites here at …

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How to write an email to your instructor

If you're reading the title of this post and thinking to yourself, "What? I already know how to write an email - I probably send out at least a hundred each day!" I would still urge you to keep reading. We could all use a little refresher. So: what inspired this post today? This Ph.d …

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