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5 ways a college degree can improve your writing

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In a world where a college degree is required for almost every career, writing can be a safe haven. After all, publishers don’t require a copy of your transcripts or proof of a bachelor’s degree along with your manuscript and a self-addressed stamped envelope.

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Some people mistakenly believe that writing is the “easy way out” because a formal education isn’t a prerequisite, and more than a few writers pride themselves on the fact that they never sat through lectures or wrote a thesis in order to get to where they are.

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Nevertheless, getting a formal degree – in any field – can be an asset to those who wind up in the writing business, either on purpose or by a twist of fate.

Deadlines

College life comes with its fair share of assignment deadlines. It is not unheard of to have a seven-page paper due in less than a week’s time. By the time a student reaches their junior or senior year, they can probably crank out a ten-page essay in a day or so. Talk about productivity!

Criticism

Professors are notorious for providing critiques of students’ work. Depending on the class or project, students may even have the opportunity to provide critiques of their own. This approach is useful for helping writers learn to objectively     view material, especially their own.

Clarity

The ability to produce clear and concise work is one of the most valuable skills that any writer could have. Constant writing and critique helps to hone general writing skills, while classes that may focus specifically on grammar and structure can help writers touch up on any concepts that are confusing or easily forgotten.

Revision

Sometimes it is difficult to know where to start revising a piece of writing. Watching as all of the hard work of a first draft is deleted and rewritten can be a disheartening experience for any writer. University coursework often stresses the importance of professional papers that are polished to perfection, and can help the process become less painful over time.

Exploration

Regardless of degree concentration, college allows for students to partake in courses from a variety of disciplines. Think of it as a way to expand both knowledge and potential sources of inspiration. Those Sociology, Psychology, and Art History classes may inspire a story plot or article topic.

Ashley Pereira is a student and freelance writer. She is currently a contributing writer for EducatedWriter.com. To learn more about her and see more of her work, visit her website here.

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