6 Things NOT to do when writing a paper

6 Things NOT to do when writing a paper

Remember your audience and what type of course the paper is for.
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There are essentials in writing papers, and some people I realize have trouble with grammar, but please do NOT write like a fourth grader. Peer reviews hit for senior seminar and all I can think is "I want to bash my head in". The only lucky thing for this, is that we have the peer review so that in our final defense we aren't torn to shreds even more. Here is a list of things not to do in your paper, some people may have no hope.

1. If it's a run-on sentence just fix it

Guys, this is the basics, don't just leave a run-on sentence, or worse separate and then just put an "and" at the beginning. To create a proper paper, you have to complete your thoughts before beginning new ones. The same can be said of continuing with one idea and running out of points to hit.

2. Remember, and is NOT a way to start a sentence or a paragraph

A paragraph is meant to be a completely new idea, there is meant to be flow not a continuation of the previously stated information. We learned this in elementary school guys, never start a sentence with and or but.

3. Use proper sources

Do not cite information from websites such as IMDB, or TV shows, because it is known that once stated the information comes from there. Whenever writing a history paper, sources should be scholarly not pulled from episodes.

4. Write your paper to fit within the course

I'm in a history course not a media course. Do not write a senior thesis about a topic that in no way focuses on history. Would you write a colonial history paper about Dub step? No, that's absolutely off base and would get the writer laughed out of the room, so make it fit within the theme.

5. Write an actual thesis statement

The thesis statement shows the reader what you are talking about and the point of your paper. If you can't depict what you want your paper to be about within the first paragraph, your argument is immediately invalid.

6. State facts not opinions

History papers are built on factual knowledge, whether or not you believe someone was a great writer, actress, singer anything means absolutely NOTHING. This goes for any type of research, your thoughts mean absolutely nothing unless you can validate them. Find your facts, make sure that what you say is backed up and your paper is valid.

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Remember To Be Kind To Theme Park Cast Members This Holiday Season

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For those of you who have traveled to a theme park during the holidays, you know what you are in for.

The weeks right before and after Christmas are some of the busiest times of the year to visit, making the parks extremely crowded and wait times higher than usual. Yet, this time is so popular since it is fun to experience the magic of the season with your family during the special Christmastime celebrations at the parks that bring something extra to your holidays.

One of the most important things to remember during this time of year is to be nice to the cast members!

Families that come to the parks during this time have so much to remember and so much to do; unfortunately, something that is often forgotten during a vacation is to be thankful for those who have to work during this time of year.

The cast members and team members who work during the holidays are doing so at the expense of spending time with their own families. They are sacrificing their Christmas celebrations at home to be at work making your vacation magical.

Some of these workers are hundreds if not thousands of miles away from their families and may not have seen them for weeks or even months. Yet, they are here in Orlando working in a job that they are passionate about because they love making happiness for their guests

Making magic and spreading happiness is something that is important to us and why we love what we do. However, it is still really hard to be away from our families at Christmas.

Think it is hard to be a guest when the parks are crowded?

It's even more difficult for the cast members who are working as hard as they can, for 8-15 hour shifts, when things happen that are out of our control. We too dislike long waits, telling your child that he is too short to ride or the fact that a ride is temporarily closed. These things make our jobs difficult too, just as they may be a huge setback in your vacation plans.

So focus on the positive things and appreciate the time you can spend with your families and friends rather than dwelling on the things that may be small setbacks during an overall wonderful holiday vacation. Please be patient this holiday season. Give the cast members a smile and a pleasant "thank you" or "Merry Christmas". We are here for you and we want you to have a wonderful vacation, but it still makes an incredible difference to know that our work is appreciated.

At this time of year, it is important to spread Christmas cheer and we are excited to celebrate with you and your families!

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The 5 Struggles Of Tsundoku

If you're a lazy bookworm, you'll know what I mean.

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Tsundoku is a Japanese term which refers to the act of acquiring lots of reading material but not really getting around to reading it. This is a reassuringly specific word for a peculiar habit I now realize is more widespread than I thought. Here are 5 common struggles of Tsundoku.

1. Shelf space is hard to come by

Grey and White Long Coated Cat in Middle of Book Son Shelf

Due to excessive book collecting, it becomes increasingly difficult to find a place to store all of these wordy wonders. The solution? Get creative. Use books for TV stands, coasters, and to wedge under the corner of that wobbly table.

2. Constant self-judgment

You keep collecting books, you keep not reading them, you hate that you don't read them, you hate that you keep collecting them despite not reading them.

3. It's partly aesthetics

Woman Lying on Bed Holding Book

Of course, you enjoy reading books, but you also enjoy the simple physical qualities of a book. Kindles and audiobooks just aren't the same. There's something about the weight, the binding, the smell, and the manual act of turning the page that holds a certain appeal.

4. You're a dreamer

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You realize that it's irrational to keep accumulating so much reading material, but there's an idealistic part of you that says reading every book in these insurmountable stacks is possible.

5. You'll probably never change

@jjmiles3 on Instagram: “When the world is at your fingertips, success is your only option. I love her passion for reading and learning. 📚🐛 . . . #missnoraelise…”

You've been this way for so long it's pretty much ingrained in your personality. But hey, that's the way you like it.

So keep reading (or not reading), friends, and own the fact that you're part of the Tsundoku club.

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