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Success Stories

Undergraduate Students

“I am taking an independent study course and for it, I am required to complete 2 critical reviews per week on articles provided by my professor. I sat down to complete the very first review when I realized I had no idea what a critical review was or how to even start one. I was going to make an attempt but then remembered there is a Writing Center in College Hall and that it would be better to seek help with my assignment than try and not get it right. I made an account and an appointment online, which was very easy to do, and when I went, everyone there was very helpful. They helped find books for me that would describe how to write a critical review and they were very interested in helping me, giving me their full attention.

When I left my appointment at the Writing Center, I knew exactly what I needed to do. I had an overall great experience and definitely plan on utilizing the Writing Center again when the time comes.”

-Gina Prioletti, undergraduate student, Rangos School of Health Sciences 

“The writing center really helped me to grasp the key concepts in my papers that I was missing. They really took time to help me further enhance my writings to that of a better student.”

-Evan George, undergraduate student, A. J. Palumbo School of Business Administration

“I felt that the writing center was very helpful with my paper that I brought to them. It was a casual atmosphere in the room, and the woman who helped me […] explained her opinions to try to mesh with my thoughts about the paper’s content. She also gave me advice on how to avoid run-ons. Overall the writing center is a great place to fix any problems that a student may be struggling with when dealing with papers.”

-Ava Babcock, undergraduate student, School of Nursing

Graduate Students

“As a graduate student pursuing a dual masters program in both the Business and Liberal Arts schools, I quickly discovered that I had many papers to write. Although I have been published several times as part of my professional career, writing for academia is much more stringent. It has been 13 years since I was last in school and I was afraid that my academic writing skills had waned. I was very thankful to learn that Duquesne had a writing center that was free for students to help them hone their writing skills.

The staff at the Writing Center has helped me to improve my writing through offering suggestions on grammar, word usage, paragraph transitions and flow. I even attended a workshop on how to write a strong title and thesis statement, things not often required of the PowerPoint presentations I wrote during my career. Additionally, they have helped me to sort out the differences between writing styles such as MLA and APA which are requirements for each paper that I write, depending on the school, class and professor.

I highly recommend the Duquesne Writing Center even for those who can write well and those who use software programs that catch most spelling and grammatical errors. Furthermore, it never hurts to have an unbiased opinion, or simply, fresh eyes read through your paper.”

-Tanya Griffey, graduate student, John F. Donahue Graduate School of Business and McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts