Research Writer Interview With Jelani
Liberal Arts And College Writing
What qualifies you to write academic papers for a living?
My experience in the field of academia goes back many, many moons. I've written research papers, theses and dissertations for a previous pair of web sites, which has well prepared me for the rigors of turning around quality copy in a short amount of time. Additionally, I've also worked extensively as a tutor for college and adult school students, supporting them in the areas of research, structure, development, and composition of academic papers. Lastly, there is my own undergraduate experience which richly prepared me for the life of a professional writer. One of the only things I truly excelled at in school was knocking out 10 page papers--thoroughly, well researched and carefully planned out--in a night. Or two. Shortly thereafter, I reached the conclusion that the only thing I could spend my life doing professionally, day in and day out, was writing.
Can we take it your time management skills have matured since then?
Most assuredly. I was more of a procrastinator in school, whereas now, I've perfected the art of working on deadline, so that my clients are allowed to procrastinate and take their time in getting their assignment requests in. Meanwhile, I can do the necessary work of reading, identifying themes, and citing a variety of sources, as efficiently as possible.
What sorts of assignments do you excel in?
Primarily those involving liberal arts. I have, however, written quantitative analyses, as well as discourses on topics as diverse as economics and modern media. My specialty, however, lies in reading something and analyzing it: making notes of trends, thematic issues, as well as aspects of characterization and other such development so I can then go and report my findings with an inimitable eloquence and professionalism befitting academic writing.
Some people, particularly our clients, would consider paper writing "homework," or something that they are forced to do along with attending class, doing the dishes, etc. What's your opinion on that?
For me, the rewards for writing in the academic world are two-fold. Initially, I enjoy an unparalleled sense of gratification just by exposing myself to different areas of study, whether we're talking literary, sociological, economical, or what have you. I have begun to incorporate personal studies into my own daily regiment and I've long thought that anything of lasting value in this world is written down. Hence, I make it a point to expose myself to a diversity of subject matter that adds to my own personal worldview and understanding of man's nature. Secondly, and I believe I hinted at this earlier, I possess few talents such as those involving my two hands behind a keyboard. The power of formal expression when combined with my own pursuit of knowledge is a stimulating combination that I'm delighted to receive monetary compensation for. In some ways, it doesn't even feel like a job.
Do you harbor any sorts of reservations about modeling papers for students?
Absolutely not. Anyone who does probably has limited first-hand experience as a student. Just recently, a family member of mine was agonizing over a law school assignment he needed to complete the day after a major holiday. The instructions were severely limited, and his professor was conveniently out of reach and despondent to his e-mail attempts. Unfortunately, such situations are commonplace in the world of academia, and a necessary nudge or nod of assistance can often times make the difference in a student's class or livelihood. In this respect I see nothing wrong with providing some inspirational, if not outright educational, help.
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