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Writer’s Block

(Academics, Class of 2015) Permanent link   All Posts
Driscoll Photo Oh my goodness, I cannot believe that it is so close to the end of the school year. But of course, like any good thing, something negative is attached. In my case, that negative would be the three term papers hanging over my head… I calculated that by the end of the semester, I will have written approximately 70 to 80 pages for my various classes. Maybe I should publish them all in a book!


For my National Security Policy class, I am writing about the war on drugs. This is my first term paper—EVER. When I first received the assignment, the 15-page limit terrified me. As a first draft, I took whatever facts I had, and slapped them on paper like spaghetti on the walls. Needless to say, not much stuck. So, I have to go back and write an argument in that paper.


In my Presidential Policy class, I chose to examine the efficacy of our 21st President, Chester Arthur. In case you don’t know who he is, check out what the White House website has to offer. I’m struggling with crafting an argument about just how effective he was; after all, he was a forgotten President. I’m halfway through the paper right now, but I have to go back and rewrite most of it. At least it isn’t due for another week or so!


Lastly, in my Social Science Research Methods class, my professor has assigned a group paper of 25 to 30 pages, to be written with a partner. The kicker is that this paper must be written like a scholarly article: complete with empirical data and analysis. My partner, 3/c Stephanie Figgins, and I chose to investigate the impact of age and income on one’s political ideology. I’m sorry: I won’t keep the suspense… Suffice to say that we are really struggling with finding the motivation to write this paper!


But on the bright side, there are only two weeks of school left from today! That means only a few more tests in Physics and these papers stand between my summer and me. I am super-excited for Swab Summer—it’ll be a great experience from the other side of the program. 2017, I hope you all are as excited as we are here in New London! As always, I promise not to bite if you email me questions at Best of luck to everyone as you finish school and make your summer plans!


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