I am an English nut.
I love puns. Nothing delights me more than an unintentional pun. Obesity is a growing problem in America. The use of hydrogen gas led to the downfall of the Hindenburg. Forced puns, however, are not funny.
I love diagramming sentences. This is an obsession I got honestly. I recall coming home from school to find my grandmother with the Readers Digest in one hand, a pencil in the other hand, and a pad of paper beside her as she diagrammed sentences from the magazine with the same determination and enjoyment as working a crossword puzzle. Indeed, diagramming is a sort of puzzle into which each word fits appropriately.
I am also a stickler for using correct grammar in the public arena. I cringe when words are misspelled in advertisements, or apostrophes are misused in correspondence. I shudder to read Walmart’s “20 items or less,” and have long been amused by an ad I once read: “For sale – Dresser, great for lady with thick legs and big drawers.”
Perhaps nothing has been more valuable to my life than research papers. I do not spend my spare time writing formal papers (usually), but I love the process, and parts of that process are implemented in my life daily. If I have a question about something or somethng interests me, I look it up. In both formal situations and in matters that are merely interesting to me, I am able to assemble the information into a format that is useful to me, whether that involves organizing those ideas on paper or in my head. I know how to find accurate facts and how to steer clear of biased information. When I need to make an argument, present an idea,or make a speech, I can arrange my thoughts and express myself clearly.
The skills learned while writing a research paper are life skills. Many situations demand them. I’m living in Germany and need to figure out how to find the German equivilent of Crisco and self-rising flour. We have been given options of treatments by the doctor and we want to be well-informed at the consultation. Which Presidential candidate should I vote for? The PTO wants me to speak on the advantages of a sports program.
Learning to write a research paper provides important tools beyond composition that will be used repeatedly throughout life.