|Fr. George O'Brien, Associate Professor, English|
|EdD, University of Southern California|
MA, Loyola Marymount University
BA, St. John's College
Once when I was helping a freshman with a paper, she said, "This is the first time in my life anyone ever helped me write better." I've never forgotten that because she'd gotten all the way to college and never learned that her words are an extension of herself. That someone reads them-and reacts to them. Disastrous enough when it's a teacher who reacts and gives a bad grade. Far worse when someday bosses, customers, clients, or even friends are insulted by careless writing. If I don't care how careless my writing is, would you trust me about anything else? When you take English classes at the Mount, you find teachers who not only expect good writing but who will help you express your good ideas as they deserve. Most writing problems are easily fixed-usually just learn a very logical rule. Even better, remember that somebody has to read what you write. Finally-if problems persist-get help, from an English teacher or the Learning Center. I tell my students the first day of each semester, "If you want to see a happy guy at the end of this semester, just let me help you write better."
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