Yes, I want a checkbook.

I was at a Chase branch yesterday opening a checking and savings account. Rosa, the friendly lady who assisted me, was surprised when I insisted on getting a checkbook for my account.

“What bills will you have?” she asked.

“Mostly rent,” I replied.

“You can’t do that online?”

I thought for a second. “I don’t think I can.” While my reply is not altogether false, it might not be altogether true either. Satisfied with my answer, she told me that 100 checks cost around $20 and I nodded my approval. Now I’m just waiting for my checkbooks to arrive.

This is how I imagine I look when I'm writing checks.



Help me help you: Part II

I don’t want anyone to think that I hate my job at the writing center. I love it, actually. But every now and then, I come out of my shift extra tired and cranky.

Here are what I think should be explicit rules in the writing center and the rationale behind them.


Help me help you: Part I

My job at the writing center is, for the most part, very enjoyable. In my opinion, I get to share with other students two of my favorite things – literature and rhetoric.

This is what a typical rough draft looks like when a student comes in:

Yay for neatness!