Debunked: The 7 Myths of Finals Week

Last year, we focused on those relatable 13 moments of Finals Week.  This year, we want to help you be a better student during Finals Week by debunking some of those classic myths about this stressful time. 1.You don't need sleep or other healthy habits. Sure, Buddy the Elf can survive on little to no …

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Meme of the Week #30: Famous People Are Writers, Too

We might be in a new "Golden Age" for television and acting but let's not forget that all these famous actors are reading lines...written by writers. Today, let's take a moment to celebrate writers! After all, there have been plenty of examples of writers who have graced magazine covers: And writers who reached celebrity status: …

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Celebrating Veteran’s Day

Today, SJSU is observing Veteran's Day and the campus is closed. Thank you to all of our veterans - faculty, staff, and students. Veterans Day was established in 1919 by President Woodrow Wilson to forever commemorate November 11 - the day the WWWI armistice was signed. On this day, it has become a tradition to “honor …

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Meme of the Week #29: How to Read a Poem

For some readers, the three most frightening words in the English language are "poetry analysis essay." Some people hear these words and, almost instantaneously, they get this look on their faces: Suddenly, class discussions become like this: because people are thinking things like: But poetry doesn't have to be intimidating. The Atlantic is here to help. This …

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Even Writers Can Be Late Bloomers: Jason Reynolds

The 18th century writer Alexander Pope is a well-known child prodigy.  His Pastorals, which made him famous, was published when he was just a teen. Now he is the second-most frequently quoted writer in The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations after the legendary William Shakespeare. But not all of us can be like Alexander Pope. Today, …

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Did You Know That? (A Periodic Series): The O.E.D. and Me

The Oxford English Dictionary (or the O.E.D.) is arguably the most comprehensive English dictionary in the world.  If a word is officially recognized by scholars, then it (and the word's origin) can be found in the O.E.D. Sure, the O.E.D started to allow text slang like "OMG!" and "LOL" a few years ago, but did …

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#WhyIWrite: National Day on Writing

Sometimes, writing feels like this comic: But, sometimes, writing feels more like this image: Today, we're celebrating the National Day on Writing.  What's that?  Here's the explanation from the National Council of Teachers of English: Every October 20, NCTE celebrates the importance, joy, and evolution of writing through a tweetup, using the hashtag #WhyIWrite and …

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Learning from a Writer: Upcoming Opportunities

It can be easy to feel like you are alone sometimes as you write.  No one else struggles like you do, right?  No one else has the same weird quirks or habits like you do, right? No one else procrastinates as much as you do, right? Well, not exactly. (And, remember, no one is a …

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Meme of the Week #28: We all have our Font Preferences

In school, we're often required to use standard fonts like Arial or Times New Roman. However, have you ever noticed how strongly people feel about fonts even outside of academia? As we've discovered in this comic, it's not just English teachers who despise Comic Sans, for example... ...and, of course, many people also dislike Papyrus: …

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