The Daily Trials of an English Major: A New Kind of Superhero
Courtney Guth is in good company: all the Sparkitors were Peer Edit Girls/Guys in college. —Sparkitors
It’s a red pen! It’s a marked-up piece of paper! No! It’s Peer Edit Girl!
Have you heard the word? There’s a new superhero roaming around campus. Got a huge paper that needs to be edited? Have no fear—Peer Edit Girl is here! Having some trouble clarifying your point? I’ve got you covered. Disabled when it comes to diction? I can solve that. What began as a humble offer to assist a friend with her paper quickly morphed into an enterprise, one that’s rapidly growing beyond my control.
Equipped with my handy dandy sidekick, Mr. Red Pen, I viciously attack papers. Errors in parallel structure don’t stand a chance. Dangling prepositions make me angry, and you wouldn’t like me when I’m angry. Even the most dastardly villains, such as the tricky It’s Versus Its Monster, can’t hide from me. Like Batman and Robin, Mr. Red Pen and I spend late nights fighting off grammatical errors. (Holy Comma Splice, Peer Edit Girl! We’ve got a sticky situation on our hands!) But sometimes my alter ego, just plain Courtney, can’t handle the enormous crime spree that’s plaguing peers’ papers. Now don’t get me wrong, I enjoy reading and editing my friends’ papers, it’s just difficult when I also have my own ten-page papers to write. (Especially when two of them are due two days apart!)
You see, it all began once word that I was an English major spread amongst my friends. I quickly became the one they turned to for editing. People began to flock to me, asking for help editing their papers. First, there was the friend of a friend whose paper needed a quick glancing over. I figured, “Sure! Why not?” Then there was the adorable guy whose paper needed some major edits. Couldn’t say no to him. Then there was the other charming gentleman whose paper had passive voice issues. I certainly couldn’t say no to him either. Then there was the other handsome fellow…and, well, you get the point.
As a wise superhero's uncle once said, “with great power comes great responsibility.” Sometimes managing that responsibility is the most difficult problem. I certainly enjoy helping people; that’s why I want to teach. But sometimes there are not enough hours in the day for me to do everything.
Luckily, I may have found the perfect solution. I’ve been offered a position at my school’s Writing Center for next semester. There I will be able to tutor those in need. In addition, I will be working with people who want feedback on their papers. I can once again don my supersuit (it consists of skinny jeans, a cardigan, and a trendy scarf) and help those who need it most. I can combine my love for editing and helping, while obtaining academic credit at the same time. It’s a win-win situation! Though the work of a superhero is never finished, time management shall no longer be my kryptonite.
Any other Peer Edit Girls out there?