Maybe I just have a weak stomach.
November 4, 2011 12:14 PM Subscribe
Why can't I read comments on my essays, even in private?
posted by hepta to Writing & Language (28 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
So, I am in grad school and I hand in a fair number of papers and they come back with a fair number of comments. I average A- grades, and have all through my undergrad. But, I can't read comments on my work. I obviously don't read them in a classroom when I get the papers back but even in the privacy of my office with the door shut I can't do it. I look at them and feel a sense of...shame? Embarrassment? I get all squirmy just looking at them; I usually just glance at the grade and file the paper away without looking at the comments. I just feel so stupid when I look at the comments, like I should have known better or I am an imposter, or I am really not that smart.
How do I make myself read them? How do I make myself not get all weird about reading them? I know they're valuable.