2017 Summer Research Program Reflections – Professional Communication

June 14, 2017

The blog is following the student participants in this year’s Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program. Each student will be providing their own reflections from a Summer Research Program Seminar Series event.

By Alayna Sibert, Master of Science, Nutrition and Dietetics, Saint Louis University

The Professional Communication Seminar presented by Mr. Steve Pijut, MA, Associate Director, Writing Center, was very informative. We learned about the “myths” of writing and the “truths.” He explained that writing isn’t always an individual task and it doesn’t always happen like magic. Great writing is often a collaborative effort and progresses over time.

Mr. Pijut told us that we should be willing to plan for multiple drafts and expect to “write it wrong.” The writer should have an honest and trustworthy person revise the drafts and provide feedback.  It is easy to become stressed when writing, but there should be an ample amount of time to complete the writing and allow multiple revisions.

Great writing is often a collaborative effort and progresses over time.

Mr. Pijut also stressed the importance of knowing your audience when writing. It doesn’t matter if you’re writing a research paper or an email. The information provided should be easy to understand. During one activity, we practiced writing professional emails to professors. I think that I will be more comfortable writing now that I have attended this seminar.


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