Killing Two Birds with One Stone or, Tackling Two Assignments in One Post

Have you been lost without my pearls of wisdom for the past few days? Are you looking for more quotes to fill up your lackluster life to make it a bit more interesting? Well look no further! Here I am, again, to give you more quotes from not one, but two, books! WHAT?!?! That’s right, here are a few more quotes from The Craft of Research focusing on the drafting process and from Getting from College to Career about finding a job! Because really, who doesn’t like to discuss the inevitability of an uncertain future?



“Do not organize your report as a narrative of your thinking . . . Do not assemble your report as a patchwork of your sources . . . Do not map you report directly on to the language of your assignment” (177-178).

Here, Booth, Colomb, and Williams give pointers on how not to organize a huge report. I found these tips quite useful because I know that echoing the language of the assignment that you are given is a way to prove to your teacher that you know what you are talking about and that you want to sound smart. Fortunately for me, my capstone paper does not have a set topic from a teacher; I was able to pick my topic on my own. All of these tips are crucial to remember when putting together a paper.

“Create a page for each major section of your report” (182).

I honestly never thought to do this for a longer paper. I have done a version of this where I bolded section headings like in my capstone primary analysis, but I have never started a new page for each topic. I think that this would be very helpful for me to try to utilize when drafting my final capstone paper so that I can visualize the move from one topic to another and to get me focused on one topic at a time.


College to Career:

“Your first job isn’t the end-all, be-all. You should try some things out, and don’t be afraid to admit that something might not be right for you” (86). – Danielle Calnon Martin

I can’t tell you how much I am dreading the job search and how worried I am about finding the job that is “the one” right off the bat. Reading this quote helps me realize that I am not in the same boat and that it is entirely okay if my first job won’t work out. It’s not the end of the world (even though I probably will feel that way if that happens) and by seeing that, I feel like I will be able to open myself up to more job opportunities.

“Understand and promote your brand. Your personal brand tells a prospective employer what you can offer them that is unique and valuable. Be able to articulate what makes you distinctive professionally and personally in thirty seconds” (92). – Holly Paul

I have also worried a ton about being a prospective employee that is just like every other applicant and that all of those applicants have the same special skills that I have. Apparently, I worry way too much. To me, this reinforces the fact that I do have skills and experiences that set me apart from other applicants and that I just need to put those right up front so that my prospective employer can see how wonderful I am.


(this is how I really feel about the future)


Until next time.


explore. muse. create.



Annnnnnnndddd here are the sources . . . again:

Booth, Wayne C., Gregory G. Colomb, and Joseph M. Williams. The Craft of Research. Third ed. Chicago: U of Chicago, 2008. Print.

Pollak, Lindsey. Getting from College to Career. Revised ed. New York: HarperCollins, 2012. Print.

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One thought on “Killing Two Birds with One Stone or, Tackling Two Assignments in One Post

  1. lauriemcmillan says:

    You make your anxiety *so* entertaining that I can’t help but enjoy it! and then I feel guilty! and then I decide it’s your fault for being so funny. 🙂


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