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ERIC Number: EJ1172816
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1559-0151
Of Groomers and Tour Guides: The Role of Writing in the Fellowships Office
Bickford, Leslie
Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council, v18 n1 p23-27 Spr-Sum 2017
Making writing less scary for students and focusing on the messy, recursive nature of writing helps students use the writing process to bring forth the thoughts that might otherwise not find their way into essays. Students who revisit their writing also revisit their thinking and are empowered to cultivate and articulate that thinking in clearer and clearer terms. Messy prewriting and overwriting for application essays can help unassuming, hard-working honors students articulate facets of themselves they had never thought were exceptional. In this article, the author discusses how leading students through the process can help fellowships advisors avoid the "groomer" mentality and instead guide students on a journey of self-discovery that has value regardless of the application's outcome.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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