The 500-Word Essay
What a thing of beauty is the well-written 500-word essay. In some ways, it is the perfect length to express knowledge about a particular subject. It is long enough to allow the writer to show familiarity, and possibly expertise, regarding her chosen topic. But it is not a length that requires copious amounts of research. When sufficiently motivated, one can manage to research, write, and revise such an essay in an hour or two. Given the fact that students will write dozens, if not hundreds, of essays in their high school and college careers, it is advantageous to become familiar with the mechanics, tools, and resources associated with essay writing.
The mechanics of a paper include such elements as accurate spelling, correct grammar, and proper formatting. The conscientious writer does not simply rely on spell check to make sure his paper does not contain misspellings. A thorough proofreading will catch mistakes that spell check misses. For instance, spell check might not know the difference between homophones such as “there,” “their,” and “they’re.” A careful review by the writer (or a friend) should catch these errors. Using correct grammar in all its forms – the parts of speech, subject-verb agreement, and punctuation – can ensure that brilliant writing is not overshadowed by careless or sloppy mechanics (Writing Mechanics). The “look” of the paper is important as well. High school teachers and college professors alike appreciate readable papers with a consistent appearance. This means using the Times New Roman font, size 12, and double-spacing the body of the essay. The title should also be a size 12 font, center justified, with the first word, the last word, and other important words all capitalized. The default margin settings of one inch at the top, bottom, left, and right, give the paper a professional look.
While having a crisp, clean look is valuable, the substance of the paper is of the greatest importance. Supplementing one’s own personal knowledge with well-researched material is the key to a terrific essay. A 500-word essay is not going to require as much research as a six- or ten-page paper. The individual assignment and the topic will determine where to seek out information. But once the research is done, the bibliography (or Works Cited list) can be assembled quite easily using EasyBib (EasyBib). What used to be quite a laborious task – putting sources in the correct MLA format, then alphabetizing them all – is now a fairly automatic process using this handy website.
Some students are intimidated when given a writing assignment. Hopefully, the hints given in this essay will make it easier for students to get started on their own essays. Becoming fairly automatic about formatting a paper prevents too much time from being wasted “reinventing the wheel.” Using viable, trustworthy websites and resources for research will help writers supplement their own knowledge. Knowing how to organize these resources into a coherent bibliography will cap off the paper quite nicely. Using these “tricks of the trade” should help students concentrate on the composition of their papers, and not obsess on the minutiae.
“The Free Automatic Bibliography and Citation Maker.” EasyBib. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Nov. 2012. http://www.easybib.com/
“Writing Mechanics & Grammar.” Time4Writing. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Nov. 2012. http://www.time4writing.com/writing-mechanics/
Have you ever been in a situation where someone questions your beliefs, passion and dreams? Imagine yourself in a world full of judgements. Every time you try to speak and interact, the reciprocal action of the people around you is hate. What would it feel if you are doing your very best yet no one understands and appreciates your efforts? Are judgements making you a better person or do judgements end up depressing you? Do you feel respected when people are judging your every move and action without them knowing your real struggle, without them knowing the real you?
Respect is a two syllable word with an endless and broad meaning. It is the equivalent of zero judgements and zero discrimination. Respecting someone means listening to them and accepting their different views on life. It is something that you give to people willingly without any hesitation. Everybody deserves respect no matter what the color of their skin, no matter what their gender is, and no matter what their beliefs are.
Respect starts from oneself. You will never gain respect from other people if you will not respect yourself. We should show them that we are deserving of the respect that we demand. The world now is so diverse that people have discovered new ways of expressing themselves; however, it is an undeniable fact that people still end up misunderstanding us, no matter how much we try to express ourselves in a clear manner.
We tend to judge things we could not understand or fear. It became our natural behavior and reaction towards things. When a new ideal arises, some will react to it negatively and some will embrace it. Those who embraced the new ideal will be judged by those who oppose. That is when the lack of respect comes in. When disagreement comes in the way of two people they tend to lose respect towards each other. When two different ideas collide, two people fight and then respect is lost totally.
Disrespect also roots from inferiority. I say this in the perspective of feeling superior and feeling inferior. Disrespect is affliction of defamatory or discriminative insults towards someone else due to the other having a superior position. Another form of disrespect is disrespect of oneself due to the lack of ability of one to achieve their goals. These two types of disrespect are so common in today’s world, especially for those belonging in the business industry or between employees, competing against each other for a promotion.
Gathering respect is no easy task though. And a lot can attest to that they underwent so many harsh events in their lives where they wanted to give up but at the end of all those grueling task, they managed to step their game up and be the best that they can be that they ended up earning recognition and respect from everyone.
In other words, in order to respect and be respected we should always open our minds to the possibility of change. We need to be empathetic and sympathetic at the same time. Before judging a person we should always think of their struggles and how hard they try to overcome those. Let us put ourselves in each other’s shoes and feel each other’s forceful effort to win in life’s everyday challenges. Let us offer each other the respect we all deserve. As a human being, that’s the very least we can give to someone.