Apparently I suck at them, which is fine because I’m in school to learn how to not suck at writing, but I sent FIVE thesis statements to my professor and every one of them was wrong (in fairness, she did tell me I was getting warmer after each rejection and to focus more on my main points.) In a rage of frustration after receiving my fifth rejection, I emailed her and told her I didn’t know how else to word my paper that’s specifically about Point A with Points B and C being a direct cause of Point A. She wrote back “this is the closest thing you’ve sent me to a thesis statement. Reword it and we’ll talk about it in class.”

Seriously? In my blind rage of I managed to get my point across? Apparently I wasn’t the only one who emailed her about this as I found out yesterday. The rest of my classmates had been struggling with it and my professor actually went around the room and individually helped each of us figure out our thesis statements (the class is small and we all know the subject of one another’s papers.)

We all talked about our prior education and my professor was the only one who had learned how to properly write an academic paper in high school. The rest of us had managed to skate by without learning how or even taking an academic writing class. Majority of my papers before have been on literature, usually just covering a specific book or readings. The rest of my papers had been from my writing classes and it was just revision and editing of our work that we turned in.

I don’t really have a point. Just that I am 33 years old and this is the first time I’ve really written a paper like this, with big research topics, interviews and multiple sources and multiple source citations. American education systems, everyone! (P.S. My school recognized this because the writing class I am is mandatory for graduation.)