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A professor at Slippery Rock University, Dr. Neil Cosgrove, has started a blog. It’s mission is to look at the writing of various Slippery Rock graduates from the English and Communication departments, as well as to encourage conversation about writing, the teaching of writing, and the experiences of those who write.

The project of this blog intrigues me, not the least because I find the intersection of writing pedagogy/curriculum and writing in “real life” an interesting subject. Of course, it especially interests me to see what other Slippery Rock alumni are doing with their degrees.

(And also my blog was featured in the latest post. Right here.)

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You would think that having snow days would lead to Getting Things Done at home, right?

Not necessarily, apparently. Monday I got very little done at all. Tuesday I started getting my rear in gear later in the day. Today, so far, I have written. I need to get off of the internet and write more; but I have written.

Better yet, I just let myself write without worrying, let my character think what he would, without worrying about economy or what the prose would look like in workshop. Which meant that things got more interesting. Loose writing, though it may be in need of polishing, revising, rewriting, is almost always better than the tight, anxious words that feel stuck and/or suffer from stage fright.

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I also got an email from my undergrad adviser today. The old head of the English department has invited me to be a part of the Curriculum Assessment Committee.

This is part of what makes Slippery Rock University awesome. At many other universities I imagine I would have been mostly forgotten by now; but Slippery Rock, as far as I’ve seen, has always taken its students seriously. This is partly because it is a smaller school (8,000 student body the year I graduated), but also because the faculty are, quite honestly, wonderful.

I went back and visited last semester and gave my boyfriend a tour of the English department. All my old professors recognized me and stopped to talk to me. It was late in the day and most of them were getting ready to leave, but I talked to one in the hall for a good bit, and to three of them in the lounge for about half an hour. My boyfriend commented on this, thinking it probably wouldn’t have happened at his alma mater.

And one of my favorite professors organized a lunch date with me when she was in the city (although sadly her granddaughter ended up in the hospital and she had to cancel).

That investment in students is something you expect at the graduate level. I think it’s less common for undergraduates.

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