Red ink on my college paper

Originally appeared on spirituality.com

All through grade school and high school, I felt that writing was not my thing. I just didn’t enjoy it and thought I wasn’t good at it. In college, I learned how to compose shorter papers, but the big challenge came before I was about to graduate from college.

During my senior year of college (I’d decided to go back to school in my 30’s), I had to write a capstone paper as a prerequisite for graduation. It involved extensive research, and I’d spent a lot of time and effort putting it together. My professor wanted to look through my paper before it was finished to see how I was doing. When the paper came back to me, it was marked up with red correction ink. The professor was not pleased with my work.

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