Welcome freshmen, you’ve  finally made it. College is everything you could of imagined and more. Having complete freedom for the first time in your lives is exciting and all, but it comes with responsibilities and knowing how to manage the responsibilities is the tricky part. First and for most, college is about getting an education, to do so staying organized and being proactive is a must. The foundation for practically all college classes is writing. Being able to write analytically and creatively is a great first step in doing well in any class.

The freedom of college isn’t limited to social lives. Professors grant freedoms also, like the choice of essay topics. For so many years you were restricted by teachers who had to teach to curriculum’s. Essays were assigned on specific topics you had no interest in, forcing you to write words to fill a quota. No longer will you have to suffer from writing essays that are unbearable to research and write about. The freedom of choice is one you should never write without.

The hard part comes when it’s time to choose a topic. It may seem like a walk in the park to some, but even if you have an idea in mind you then have to make sure that it’s not to narrow or too broad. That being said even in college there are guidelines for essays. Professors require essays to have some of the same characteristics high school papers mandated as in, type of papers (research, argumentative, opinion, etc.) and a minimum length. With these guidelines in mind choosing a topic to fit the required guidelines can be more difficult than it seems. The most important guideline that trips up most is the length requirement. Making sure that your paper crosses the minimum number of pages means that the topic is not to narrow. Running out of subjects to write about and rambling to meat the page requirement is just as bad as turning in a final copy that is not up to par on the professors guidelines. Writing is like water; it always has the same chemical makeup but can change shapes to fit specific guidelines.

If narrow topics make it hard to meet the required length. Broad topics make essays messy with outrageous amounts of information unnecessary to the overall essay. Avoiding these circumstances can lead to a well deserved grade. To avoid narrow and broad topics, in preparation of the essay setting up a conference with your professor can help deter these problems. Other helpful options include, peer revision, and the most helpful, writing center. Out side help is radially available and easy to come by. It may seem like a lot of work for just choosing a topic but look on the bright side, the essay you will write is going to be on a topic that you enjoy.

College is tailored around writing. Having the skills to write effectively will not just help you in class but also in the “real world”. Writing doesn’t happen automatically. There are many steps in writing an effective essay. The pre-writing stage is as important or even more important than the actual writing. Having a well formulated foundation makes the writing even easier. There is nothing worse then being half way done with an essay and realizing that the topic you have chosen won’t appropriately follow the guidelines required. Taking the time to do research on the topic chosen will save you from having to rewrite. As freshmen, English 150 is not a class you should take lightly, it will help you become a better writer, guaranteed.