Welcome!The Writing and Career Services office exists for two reasons:
1. To help LLU-SPH students and alumni improve their writing skills;
2. To provide the tools, resources, and advice to help LLU-SPH students and alumni launch themselves as public health professionals.
Hey there! Looking for entry-level jobs, local government positions, or research opportunities? Look no further than our job postings section.
Read2WriteBecause reading more makes you a better writer
What is Read2Write?
To write well there are two things you need to do: write (obvi) and READ — from a lot of different places and a lot of different sources. Specifically, you need to read writing that is rich and puzzling and maddening and memorable. Your brain is hungry and it needs to be fed, and sorry, but textbooks and journal articles alone won’t cut it. Now, some of this is, as epi/biostat folks would say, “non-quantifiable.” Which means that we don’t know exactly how it works. Reading from a variety of sources increases your vocabulary, which can help your writing – no mystery there. But after you’ve been doing this for awhile, you’ll find that new words and expressions will pop into your head just when you need them. I have no idea how that works, just that it does.
What I’m offering here are non-fiction pieces from some of the best writers in the country, and to help make the experience as beneficial as possible, I’m asking you to actively engage with the text. These may be unfamiliar words or interesting expressions that you may have heard of but not known how to use. You can see how the writer builds paragraphs and uses punctuation to guide you through a long, complicated sentence. And afterward, if you’re willing, a writing exercise which you can do or not, share with me or not, your choice. But it’s there if you want it.
This is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time, and I’m excited to finally begin. I hope you’ll decide to join me.
Molly’s Bookshelf is a new feature here at the Writing Center / Career Services blog, highlighting the books I’m always recommending to anyone who stops by my office. I’ve got a substantial library of books about writing, but the Amazon Fairy just brought some slim, read-in-one-sitting books on careers too. And we’ve also got a couple good reference books for non-native English speakers.
If you’d like to borrow one, it’s easy: hit the “Borrow” link at the book of your choice and you’ll get taken to a Google form asking for your name, rank, serial number, blood type, next of kin, etc. Then come by the office at 1521 and pick it up. Fair warning – you’ve never been stalked the way I’ll stalk you if I don’t get my books back. So feel free to take them out for a test drive, friends – but bring ‘em back!
There’s also links to Amazon if you’d like a copy of your very own, but I encourage you to do as I do and buy second-hand copies from Amazon Marketplace sellers for a lot less, unless you’ve got Amazon Prime, in which case you’re golden.
Our pick: The Adventures of Johnny Bunko
Daniel H. Pink
Based on the work of Daniel Pink, author of A Whole New Mind, this is a serious career guide written in manga style. Our confused hero, Johnny Bunko, who “did what everyone told him to do,” finds himself struggling to survive at a job he hates and is terrible at, until one day a magical manga-style hipster fairy comes along to impart “the six essential lessons he must learn to thrive in the world of work.”
There’s some really good stuff in here and you can easily read the whole thing in one sitting. And maybe it’ll inspire you to read more of Daniel Pink’s work, who is a very successful, respected, and famous guy who’s all over the Intertubes and TV.
The WRITING CENTER
To keep you from tearing your hair out. To get you over the idea that writers are born, not made. To help you bring out the best in your writing — for you as a person, as a student, and as a professional in the working world, which will happen sooner than you think.
How do we do this? With videos and materials on important topics like plagiarism and paraphrasing; curated content from existing sources like the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill Writing Center, the OWL at Purdue University (wonderful tips about using APA!), and lots of great books about writing strategies. Plus, since we know that reading widely is one of the best things you can do to improve your writing, we’ve also started a new feature, Read2Write, selected articles from national publications like The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and others — often related to public health and health-related topics.
The LLU-SPH Career Services office opened in March, 2014 with the initial goal of hosting an SPH-specific career fair, with organizations represented that actually know what public health is! That first Career Fair was pretty successful, but each year we’ve tried to surpass it: more exhibitors, better content, inspiring speakers.
When we’re not preparing for the Career Fair, you can find us reviewing resumes and cover letters, making videos, recommending websites, and posting to our various social media platforms.
Career Services FAQ
What sort of things can Career Services help me with?
How do I get help from Career Services?
Is there a job board?
Will Career Services help me prepare for a job interview?
My friend from another LLU school needs help with her resume. Can I send her to you?
Are there snacks?
Writing Center FAQ
Writing support services are provided based on each student’s individual needs. For some, it might be as simple as pointing you toward some resources or good writing websites; for others, it will be more like a consultation: you give me the document you’re working on, I read it over, make notes and suggestions, then we discuss them. This can take place either in person or online. For many, it will probably be a combination of those two approaches.
How can I get help with my writing?
That’s easy! Stop by Room 1521 some afternoon and we can chat about the kind of help you need. If you’re working on a particular document, I’ll ask you to send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Give me a couple days to read and comment on it, then I’ll contact you to set up an appointment. If you’re an online student or just not on campus that much, send me an email with the above info (the kind of help you need and any document you’re working on) along with your availability via phone or in person, if appropriate. It varies from student to student, but in general I can help with sentence construction, flow, transitions, clarity, vocabulary building, plagiarism issues, etc., with the intent of helping the student improve their document and their writing as a whole.
What We DON’T Do (sorry!)
- Write your paper for you!
Having said that, there will be instances when I proofread and edit your document as part of our work together, but simple editing and proofreading are not services offered by The Writing Center.
Will someone proofread my document for me?
Sorry, no. Except for this one exception (see #5 below).
What’s the turnaround time for comments / suggestions on a document?
It depends on what else is going on, but in general I try to work through pieces in two days or so. But – again, it could take either less or more time depending on what else is happening.
Can I get one-on-one writing tutoring on a regular basis?
Though sometimes I will meet with students regularly for a period of time on a specific project, for the most part I’m not able to provide ongoing tutoring for individual students. However, I do have contact information for a few local tutors you could hire on a fee basis.
I’m a doctoral student. What services are available to me?
This is the exception to the “I won’t edit or proofread for you” thing. Doctoral candidates who have defended their dissertation and obtained signatures from their committee members approving their document in its current form can submit it to me for editing through the Writing Center. However, and this is a BIG however, this does not include formatting (table of contents, page numbering, tables, etc.). Contact the Academic Program Office for information and resources on formatting.
That said, doctoral students who have not yet defended or are at an earlier stage in their program will receive the same support offered to master’s students.
My friend from another LLU school needs writing help. Can I send her to you?
At the risk of sounding mean – No. I’m just one person and I’ve already got my hands full with you all!!
Can you recommend books or other resources to help me improve my writing?
Absolutely! In fact, elsewhere on this blog you’ll find a handy little feature called “Molly’s Bookshelf,” with information on some great books about writing, punctuation, strategies, etc. You can even borrow them if you promise to bring them back.
I’m worried about inadvertently plagiarizing others’ work, and just confused about plagiarism in general. Can you help me?
No need to worry, but you should take it seriously; plagiarism is serious business. But knowledge is the vaccine that will inoculate you against the Plagiarism Virus – you can get your blood tested for the antibodies and everything!*. This knowledge is acquired by watching a video and doing some reading. And truly, once you understand the basic premise of academic integrity – namely, giving credit to the author(s) of any information / paper / fact that is not your own and which you are using in your own work – you’ll find that most questions answer themselves. Put another way, if you didn’t write it, you better cite it! That said, if you do find that you have questions, or something isn’t clear, do not hesitate to contact me at email@example.com and we’ll get you all sorted out.
*Not actually true.