Orientating and Hiring: News from the Writing Center

Today marks the halfway point of SJSU's Frosh Orientation Sessions! Welcome to the blog if you found our display at the sessions... And while it might be a little early for incoming freshmen to think about being a Writing Specialist, for the rest of our favorite Spartans...we're hiring! We'll be introducing our new Writing Specialists …

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Voicing the Words on the Page (Part II)

By Luke Coulter Recently, I wrote a blog post about embracing voice when it comes to writing essays. Today, I want to talk a little bit more about voice and how it can help both your writing and your life. Back in 2009, I was teaching English in Hanoi, Vietnam. I had very little teaching …

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Voicing the Words on the Page (Part I)

By Luke Coulter As a California native, I never saw the need for a phrase describing the weather phenomenon where it is raining and the sun is shining at the same time. When this happens in the Southern States of the USA, however, people will turn to whoever is near them and loudly proclaim that …

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CCCC Photos

We had a great time at the SJSU Regional CCCC! Writing Specialists Ariel Andrew and Saya Morita presented on panels.  Writing Center Director Michelle Hager along with "The Write Attitude" editor (and Digitial Initiatives Coordinator) Maria Judnick led a half-day workshop at the conference. And, thanks to our tips from last Friday's post, none of …

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“Ask A Specialist”: New Blog Feature

Welcome back! Do you miss writing yet? Many of you (over the age of 21) may feel like this Adam@Home comic strip as you work on summer "projects": However, to remind you of the joys of writing, we're unveiling a new monthly feature for the blog: "Ask a Specialist," where we pose a writing-related question for …

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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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