We caution against one-liners, limericks and anything off—color. Format properly. Familiarize yourself, too, with the different forms of plagiarism —they may surprise you. Moreover, very often professors give the opportunity to choose or come up with an essay topic independently or explore the scientific field or phenomenon that is most interesting for each student.
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I wanted to monitor their progress over the quarter and provide help along the way. Students repeat mistakes.
Being funny is tough. Be honest and genuine, and your unique qualities will shine through. I spent those days hunched over an obnoxiously tall stack of books next to the cathedral windows, shooting glares every time somebody's Blackberry buzzed and trying to ignore the couple kissing in the reading nook behind me.
Set it aside for a few days and read it again. This is the most striking example of procrastination. Instead, focus on how to write one paragraph exceptionally well.