Every time I look at the writing gigs listed on Craigslist, I see headlines like the following:
And those are just the ones from the
Craigslist being what it is, a number of people have posted responses to these ads blasting the would-be cheater. (The lower the amount of money offered, the more forceful the response.) Yet someone presumably responds to them often enough to make it worthwhile for the repeat posters.
The Professor’s Perspective
I work as a ghostwriter. In most cases, I’m perfectly happy to
Before I was a ghostwriter, however, I was a career scholar and a university instructor. That’s why, no matter how
I can be fairly confident that my own students never paid someone else to
I did once create a sample
College instructors are not stupid. If a student performs poorly in class and on exams but hands in a flawless
Why Students Need to
In business, the purpose of writing is to communicate: internally, with vendors, and with customers. The important thing is the message. If a professional writer can convey that message more clearly than the CEO, then the CEO should hire a professional writer. Professional writers can also help experts get their hard-earned knowledge out to a wider audience.
In academia, the purpose of
Twenty-page term papers are not intended to be instruments of torture. I always tried to make the topics I offered students interesting and to give them the opportunity to pick subjects they wanted to know more about. It’s true that some instructors assign the same reading materials and essentially the same
In order to produce a satisfactory
nts develop skills they need throughout their lives. By avoiding the work of
The penalties for an honest but unsuccessful attempt are lower in college than they are anywhere else. If you screw up your first term paper, you have a chance to make up for it with the next one. You might even be able to do an extra-credit assignment and come out of the course with a good grade after all. If you screw up on the job, there are at least a dozen people waiting to replace you, and you’d better have a compelling reason why your boss shouldn’t fire you for incompetence and hire one of them. Having someone else
Getting Help with Academic Writing
So what avenues are open to students who know their
Professors (or at least their teaching assistants) should be available to provide you feedback on a first draft of an
U.C. Berkeley, for instance, has an Academic Achievement Program for students from low-income families who are the first generation to go to college, in addition to the Student Learning Center writing program which offers drop-in and scheduled tutoring as
If you are dyslexic, disabled, or not a native speaker of English, check with the programs for disabled students or international students. Universities will provide special accommodations (e.g. a quiet test-taking environment or extra time to complete an examination) for students with learning disabilities, psychological disabilities, and AD/HD, as well as assistive technology for those with physical disabilities.
Earning a B+ is a much greater achievement than buying an A+, and the value of it will last you far longer. Even if you pay someone else to write every word that comes out of you after you graduate, do your own writing while you’re in school. You’ll be glad you did.
2005 Sallie Goetsch