I graduated from college in 2012 with a Bachelors degree in English. I am now close to completing a second degree in Mass Communication with an emphasis on New Media Communication. Even though I am loving my classes, I am still plagued by comma problems. I do not know how I earned a B.A. writing so inefficiently as I do. Is it possible to write but not know how to proofread your own work? I feel like that is where I am now. I’m in a PR writing class and for example, one of my assignments, a feature story on a real life client, was returned with an awful grade and bleeding with red pen. I have tried not to beat myself up over it but it hurts. Not being able to proof effectively or watch out for comma stumbling blocks is truly embarrassing. I can only imagine how grammatically incorrect the posts here are, but it is my blog and I make the rules; however, in the real word grammar errors are not cute. Grammar errors look awful on resumes, cover letters, reports and so on.
So what is the big deal. What is my problem?
I’ve been away for a while, I apologize.
I’ve had a lot of things come up here of late, so I’ve been neglecting my blog.
Here’s what I’ve got going on in my life:
- October 7: Orientation (Amazon) 7:00 to 3:00p.m.
- October 11: BARBRA STREISAND: Back to Brooklyn 7:00p.m.
- October 20: First day of work
I’m also doing research on two term papers that are due the 23rd and 1st of November.
First, I’m doing research for my formal essay in Grammar class. I’d like to talk about comma splices, and the difficulties some people have with proofreading their own work.
But as I’m doing my research, I’ve come a bitter understanding: I suck at English. I suck at writing grammatical sentences. I’ve even started to question why I majored in English in the first place.
It annoys me, angers me, and pisses me off when I see friends of mine excelling at academic writing. I have never been able to write an error free paper; although, I have tried over the past 5 years to educate myself on my own grammar pitfalls. Nothing ever seems to stick.
I had a grammar exam tuesday and I don’t know the results until next week.
I feel so lost right now.
I’m always trying to improve my writing. Yet, I find myself always stumbling around the same mechanical and grammatical errors. I don’t know what to do. Frankly, I suck at proofing and editing my own work, and that doesn’t bode well come term paper time. I usually get C’s and B’s on my papers because I cannot get the hang of things.
Here’s where I get lost:
- Comma overuse: how to combat using the comma, too much.
- Semicolons: is there an easily way to remember when to use this punctuation?
- Comma Splice: these things kill my papers, how does one get rid of them?
There is hope for me, right?! Any assistance/suggestions/thoughts/encouragement would be greatly appreciated.