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Math is Fun

By: Miss Marm

This college application essay could have been written by my 17-year-old self. In particular, the phrase "the immense satisfaction" is so moi that it almost hurts.

I've made small remarks in red, and a few general comments below.

It is no ordinary day. [good] The first day of school possesses its own special aura of excitement and childlike innocence. [not nearly as good as the first sentence. The diction in the second sentence is needlessly high, and you're getting sentimental ("childlike innocence" and high-falutin' (why not "has" instead of "possesses"?] Genuine smiles are spread across the faces of the teachers, and the spirits of the students are on a temporary high as they reunite with old classmates. The lively atmosphere brings out the best in everybody as they amicably share their summer stories.

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Bewildering Assignment Explained

By: Miss Marm

Sometimes the problem isn't starting your homework; it's understanding what your professor's asking for in the first place.

Today, a confuzzled Sparkler sent me her first assignment for a college English class. Her questions are [in green brackets]; my answers are [in purple brackets].

Assignment:

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