Red ink on my college paper

Originally appeared on

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.

In addition, he even accused me of plagiarizing a section of it, which I did not feel was true. I became very upset and didn’t even feel like continuing with the paper. However, I didn’t have much of a choice—or time to change to another topic—if I wanted to graduate on time.

Enjoy 1 free Sentinel article or audio program each month, including content from 1898 to today.

We'd love to hear from you!

Easily submit your testimonies, articles, and poems online.