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Help me feed my 20-something wanderlust. Difficulty level: Wheelchair

I'm like every other post-college twentysomething in lots of ways: I make too little money, watch too much Netflix and indulge in an existential crisis oh, about once an hour. Also, like many in my cohort, I love the idea of packing up a ratty old duffel bag and heading off to some far corner of the world to taste, see and do all I can, while maybe giving myself either a leg to stand on once I return to the job market here or the warm-n-fuzzies that come from volunteering and/or service learning. All pretty standard fare. Here comes the doozy of snowflake: I'm in a wheelchair and have certain difficulties with speech fluency, owing to my CP and spastic diplegia diagnosis. Try as I might, I can't get myself to give up on the dream of spending a year or more abroad, even with all this in my way. Help me get there, oh beautiful hivemind? [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Jan 19, 2014 - 16 answers

Awesome lessons in college writing?

What really great activities, exercises or lessons do you remember from your undergrad-level writing or composition courses? [more inside]
posted by yersinia on Jan 17, 2014 - 12 answers

Dead ends everywhere I look

That I've posed this question more than once before in various forms doesn't say very many good things, but the circumstances being what they are, I have to hope the answer is yet to be found. That's all I've got really- hope.I'm a 23 year old recent college grad ( in May, with a BA in psychology from Stony Brook University in NY), looking for love, a job, a journey and a purpose. I'm also in a wheelchair, unable to speak fluently in an increasing percentage of life situations, grossly overweight, unmotivated and uninspired. Help me build a life away from my couch and outside of daytime TV, Facebook and lies. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Oct 10, 2013 - 25 answers

Best texts & exercises for adults in a professional writing class?

What are the most useful writing tips and/or resources (books and the like) that you have come across as an adult? New teacher of a course in professional writing wants to know. [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Jul 13, 2013 - 11 answers

What direction should/can my life take now?

This one might be a doozy. So, I'm a 23 year old recent college grad ( this May) with a B.A. in psychology and no idea what to do with my life. ( Original, I know, but bear with me, it gets better.) Everyone around me seems to have what are at least well-outlined 5 year plans, oriented around either grad school or a great entry level job. Certain circumstances in my life though seem to leave me with a vision of the future that doesn't extend far beyond the living room couch and daytime TV for the next 10 years and that frightens me to no end. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Jul 6, 2013 - 35 answers

My brain wants me to hate myself. My self wants me to finish college. Help.

Please help me make a plan to deal with the aftermath of this episode of severe depression. For various reasons I would really prefer not to be enrolled in college again next semester. It's long, I'm sorry, but I wrote this too quickly to pare things out. [more inside]
posted by bilabial on Nov 30, 2011 - 12 answers

To be, or not to be: this is (part of) the question . . .

TL;DR in advance: English MA grad, wondering what to do with his life. A lot [more inside]
posted by exlotuseater on Nov 1, 2011 - 6 answers

What should we name our blog devoted to publishing great college writing and literature class assignments or exercises?

Naming filter: Help me name a blog devoted to publishing great exercises, activities, and assignments by and for instructors of college composition and literature classes. [more inside]
posted by cymru_j on Sep 6, 2011 - 12 answers

Ghibli in the Classroom

What are some ways I could incorporate Studio Ghibli films into the writing class I'll be teaching this Fall? [more inside]
posted by joyeuxamelie on Jul 4, 2011 - 13 answers

What do students want from a freshman composition course?

I'm a freshman composition instructor who wants to rock the evals. But how? If you've taken a first-year college writing or rhetoric course, what teaching practices made for a good (or horrible) experience from the student's perspective? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 15, 2011 - 12 answers

How can I stop my writing from being vague?

I've always been told that my writing is "vague". No matter how often I've consulted with my professors (in the humanities), I haven't succeeded in changing my writing style. And frankly, I can't see what I'm doing wrong. Can any of you offer advice? [more inside]
posted by csjc on Dec 7, 2010 - 38 answers

Articles to pair with Graff's "Hidden Intellectualism"?

Should college students be reading essays about video games or should they be assigned John Stuart Mill? I'm looking for readings to pair with Gerald Graff's article "Hidden Intellectualism." [more inside]
posted by cymru_j on Jul 21, 2010 - 8 answers

Help me publish a calculus textbook.

I want to eventually publish a high school / college level math textbook, but I have no idea what I'm doing. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 19, 2010 - 6 answers

help me sign my letter!

Here's my painfully specific waste of a question. I'm writing a letter to someone important at my alma mater. This letter is coming from me specifically as an alumn. My brain is fried and I cannot for the life of me figure out how to best format my signature block - I know I've seen this before but I'm having trouble. [more inside]
posted by peep on Mar 19, 2010 - 7 answers

Club Fundraising

I'm trying to think of ideas for creative-writing-related fundraisers [more inside]
posted by Holygrail2 on Oct 8, 2009 - 7 answers

Books on cover letters geared to new college grads?

Books on cover letters and resumes geared to new college graduates? [more inside]
posted by cymru_j on Sep 10, 2009 - 3 answers

How would you approach this college admissions essay prompt?

How would you approach this college admissions essay prompt? "Discuss anything you wish you understood better than you do now. " [more inside]
posted by caroljean63 on Jun 9, 2009 - 19 answers

January, it's just this month, you know?

I have a month in which to do a project. What kind of project, you ask? Good question. Perhaps something fun, perhaps something educational, perhaps something mind-expanding. The options, they are endless. [more inside]
posted by Rinku on Oct 13, 2008 - 10 answers

How to fill 70 minutes of in-class writing time?

Help a freshman comp teacher out! I need a fun writing exercise to fill 70 minutes of class time. [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Sep 10, 2008 - 16 answers

Sample Essays (not for sale)

What are some good sources for examples of well-written essays? [more inside]
posted by saoyama on Mar 30, 2008 - 21 answers

How do I physically write faster?

How do I physically write faster? [more inside]
posted by ajp on Feb 18, 2008 - 21 answers

How can I improve my students' writing?

How can I help students improve their writing via comments on written assignments? [more inside]
posted by obliquicity on Nov 8, 2007 - 25 answers

Looking for a resource to have a graduate admissions statement of intent read and critiqued please.

I am applying to grad school. The deadline is approaching. Where can I go to get my letter of intent (personal statement) read and critiqued? [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on Oct 24, 2007 - 16 answers

Aging journalism student worries about debt, future

I'm a 25 year old journalism major riddled with major debt who has two years of school to go. How should I go about handling my debt situation and finishing school with the ultimate goal of becoming a successful print journalist? Furthermore, am I a fool to enter this field considering my rather unpleasant financial picture? Life advice, please. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 13, 2007 - 23 answers

I keep writing but I don't get to the end.

I'm going back to school and I haven't written essays in about...oh...five years. I can brainstorm like crazy, but I can't seem to structure it properly. As my girlfriend puts it: my essays are just black holes that suck up my time, and I get no where. [more inside]
posted by Brainy on May 14, 2007 - 32 answers

What is your favorite highlighter?

The best commonly-available highlighter? [more inside]
posted by coolhappysteve on Feb 11, 2007 - 19 answers

Should I rewrite my undergraduate thesis?

I studied philosophy in college. By my senior year I had decided that I wanted to pursue a career in academia. I had co-founded a conference. I was writing a thesis. I had intentions of applying to graduate schools. However, during my last semester I experienced a crisis of faith and delayed my thesis for six months, eventually earning a "C". I want to go back and do the job right, but I don't know how. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 30, 2006 - 17 answers

What essays for freshman composition?

Pimp my freshman composition class: what essays would you put on the syllabus? [more inside]
posted by wheat on Jul 27, 2006 - 30 answers

I'm looking for software that will help me write my undergraduate thesis.

I'm looking for software that will help me write my undergraduate thesis. [more inside]
posted by anjamu on Feb 7, 2006 - 15 answers

What should I use for a blog in my classroom, and why?

Blogging in the classroom. I've decided to set-up a blog for my students this semester. This will be the place for their response papers, writing exercises and a few other tidbits. It needs to have access for 5-10 members, a very easy set-up, free-to-near-free pricing (although I would pay or find the dollars to fund if it was warranted), and very clear posting/linking instructions for the students. Advice on selecting a blogging system needed. [more inside]
posted by fionab on Aug 31, 2005 - 14 answers

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