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Word Nerd: Top 5 writing errors made by undergraduate students

29 Jul

In 2008, Andrea Lunsford and Karen Lunsford conducted a national study on undergraduate writing in the US. The study was called “Mistakes Are A Fact of Life.” It revealed the most common errors made by college students in essays, papers, and other submissions. Even today these errors are common and continue to attract negative attention […]

Word Nerd: 5 important elements that your writing needs

29 Jul

Perhaps you’ve come across tips like, “Show don’t tell” or “No ideas but in things.” You’ve probably considered these tips were best used by those interested in writing poetry, features, or stories. It’s true that a poet needs to give “airy nothing” a “[l]ocal habitation and a name (Shakespeare).” But, say you’re a lawyer writing an important brief, you would do well to keep your senses in mind. Great writing is concrete. US Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor advises lawyers in her memoir, “It is the particulars that make a story real.”

Word Nerd: 5 summery words that will add warmth to your day (no matter the season)

28 Jun

via GIPHY It might have been a challenging year – with being locked indoors, and missing out on many summertime activities. For some that means beaches and for others, it means mountains. However, summer is a synonym for all things sunny. So, in this edition of Word Nerd, we bring you your summer fix. These […]

Word Nerd: 5 forms of poetry that you must explore

28 Jan

 There is no question that Amanda Gorman, with her elegant and measured performance of ‘The Hill We Climb’, headlined the Presidential inauguration. We were all moved by her words & mesmerised by her rhythmic gestures. And, one of the sections that cheered the loudest were those who are interested in reading, practicing, and publishing […]

The Lockdown Diaries – Trying my hand at everything from kimbap to the big mac

18 Jun

Anuradha Phukan, studying for a Master’s in Management at the Durham University Business School, UK, writes about her lockdown experience. Anu at the Durham Cathedral I was born in Noida, grew up in Digboi and Guwahati in Assam, and worked for 2 years in Bengaluru, Karnataka. Due to my father’s transferable job and my passion […]

The Lockdown Diaries: Living a creative life in 30 sq. mts. of Berlin

10 Jun

Janak Mulchandani Janak Mulchandani, a full-time Master in Management student at ESMT Berlin, originally from Delhi writes about his experience as an International student in Berlin during COVID-19. Late in 2018, while working for a German company in Gurgaon India, I decided to learn German for the sake of communicating better with my colleagues in […]

The Lockdown Diaries: How I managed both work & postgrad studies from home in Belgium

3 Jun

Namit Arora The story of Namit Arora, a Masters in Marketing and Digital Transformation student at Vlerick Business School, in Belgium, who is studying and completing an in-company project from home.  My passion for marketing, motivation to build a future in the heart of Europe, and aspiration to study in one of the best European Universities […]

The Lockdown Diaries: Studying for an MBA in London from home

27 May

Arushi Gupta, a full-time MBA student at Imperial College Business School, writes about pursuing her MBA online whilst in lockdown in London due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Arushi Gupta When I moved over to London from Delhi to study for my Full-time MBA at Imperial College, I certainly did not expect to finish this traditionally […]

A Brown girl’s guide to studying abroad in China

16 Aug

By Aiman Zaidi  Four months in Beijing sound like an incredible adventure. But when you’re a Brown girl, things are a little more complicated. The chance to study abroad comes with the dazzling promise of adventure and the hope of doors opening.  For a Pakistani Swiss girl, studying abroad offers opportunities me and, in the […]

Word Nerd: 4 words from fantasy fiction that are now part of our real lives

29 Apr

In 1989, ‘hobbit’, a creature from from J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings universe, was added to the Oxford English Dictionary. It comes as no surprise that Tolkien, who is considered the godfather of fantasy writing thanks to his genre defining Lord of the Rings, had a word from his fictional universe recorded in the […]