Pocket Ninja: Many people hate the college essay. These people include the students who write them and the professors who grade them. They hate the college essay for many reasons. These reasons include that essays have many rules, essays require citation, and essays are difficult to grade.The first reason people don't like college essays is that they have many rules. This means that when a person writes an essay, he or she has to follow specific rules, like not writing in the first person. "First person" means "a set of words or word forms (such as pronouns or verb forms) that refer to the person who is speaking or writing" (Merriam Webster). First person is considered informal and therefore cannot be used in college essays, which are considered formal. Therefore, if the writer of an essay doesn't know the rule about not writing in the first person, he or she will not write correctly. There are other rules that a writer must know to write an essay but the first person rule is a big one.The second reason people don't like college essays is that they require citation. An essay writer cannot just say something is a fact unless it comes from somewhere else. This is called citing a source. An example of citing a source is in the previous paragraph of this essay, in which the writer used the term "first person" and then cited where the definition for it came from, which was the Merriam Webster dictionary. If a writer turns in an essay without at least one cited source, it will receive a bad grade and so citing sources is very important. However, citation takes a long time and so this is another reason why people don't like writing essays.The third reason people don't like college essays is that they are hard to grade. This is because the college professors must read each one from start to finish to know if the writer followed the rules and used citation, and when a professor has many students this can take a long time. Also, lots of students sometimes think that they deserve a be ...
Fubini: I like the quip about plagiarism at the start of the article. I don't know about the author's school, but we punish plagiarism severely. The minimum punishment is usually a zero on the assignment (easiest for the professors, because they don't need to involve the disciplinary committee), but it's not uncommon for the really egregious ones to actually be expelled. In the case of international students, this results in a revocation of their student visa and deportation. In the case of all students, it means a whole lot of student debt and exactly nothing to show for it.And you know what? We don't have a big problem with plagiarism.
Omnis_evil_twin: I generally got good grades on my essays and papers and I generally enjoyed writing them. What killed me though were the professors that assigned a five page essay and then, after all the papers were turned in, announced to the class that anything less than ten pages would automatically be getting a C. Passive aggressive bastards.
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