As a tutor, Osman says she’s learned much from the
variety of work she does in the Writing Lab. She’s aiming
for law school, which is why she added a double major
in professional writing to her political science studies.
Osman specializes in business documents (such as
resumes and cover letters) and any academic documents.
“But sometimes it’s a graduate thesis on aerospace
technologies I’m looking at,” she adds.
Breeah Carey, a sophomore studying speech, language,
and hearing sciences, went to the Writing Lab numerous
times last year for help with scholarship essays and
advice on her resume and cover letters. “The Writing Lab
experiences I have are always positive ones,” she says. “I
always get a lot of helpful feedback from the tutors, and
I never feel like my writing skills are being judged.”
The tutors gave concrete suggestions to Carey to
improve her writing, suggesting she dig deeper and provide
specific details about the life experiences in her essays,
instead of just a brief description of what happened.
“We will challenge you to figure out what you want
to improve upon in your paper,” Osman says. “The best
feeling is when I know someone left and felt like they got
what they wanted out of our session.”
By Dorothy Wallheimer. Photos provided by Breeah Carey, Stacey Mickelbart,
Jasmin Osman, Chirag Patel, and Richard Severe.
WRITING TIPS GO GLOBAL
Whenever he’s writing a business-related narrative, Don Wise recalls this
lesson from his mother: “You will look like an uneducated buffoon if the
grammar, spelling, and punctuation is not correct and proper.”
Wise, who works in healthcare analytics and epidemiology near Los
Angeles, turns to Purdue’s Online Writing Lab (OWL) resources when he has
any doubt about writing rules.
“I printed out most, if not all, of the various guidelines in the OWL
to ensure—not insure—that my grammar and punctuation is as close to
perfection as possible,” Wise joked. “I still have a hard time with comma
splices, but the OWL has been a big help.”
In 1995, the Purdue Writing Lab introduced the OWL as a way to
expand its scope of services to the global community. It has grown
exponentially since its launch, drawing nearly 346 million page views from
six continents during the 2014–2015 academic year.
The site offers rich content addressing many different aspects of the
writing process from brainstorming to citation to style. The OWL also offers
materials for instructors around the world to use in colleges and universities
as well as kindergarten through high schools.
The site is a one-stop shop for resources for writers,” says Harry Denny,
director of the Purdue Writing Lab and OWL. “I’m proud that the OWL is the
site where people turn to from around the world for help with writing.”
“As we move forward, I want us to think about how we can make the
Purdue OWL an even greater research tool.”
Photo provided by Don Wise. Map photos by sevenMaps7 and Andrei Tudoran/ Shutterstock.com.