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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International Write-In Begins!

You've heard it over and over again - the best way to finish a writing project is to actually start writing.  But, for plenty of people, it's hard to feel motivated to sit down in that desk chair knowing that you might stay there for many hours, typing away at a project. Remember how we've …

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The Write Thanks: Teacher Edition

This year at the Writing Center, we give thanks to those excellent, intelligent teachers in our lives who have bestowed upon us their wealth of knowledge. Where would we be without them? We're thankful for their intellect, their advice, and their commitment to their students. Read on to hear about our favorite teachers. Ajoy Professor: Tye Onone, …

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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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Happy Halloween!

Halloween is not just a holiday for children (and adults) to eat excessive amounts of candy.  There's some spooky good writing out there to enjoy as well! Take a few minutes to sit back and enjoy one of our favorites: Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven" as interpreted by The Simpsons.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLiXjaPqSyY  

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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