Hello all! I hope this isn’t me just venting my confusion/frustration. I just got an email that reminded me of a conversation we had in class a while back. My professor emailed me after reading my rough draft. He said that he liked my paper, but my paper sounded like it was written for a live presentation or a popular magazine and he wanted it to sound more academic. I am quite confused as to what that means. Has anyone ever had this situation? I am by no means complaining about my professor. He’s great! The email just reminded me of an idea that came up in class about college essays sometimes having a lot of restrictions on them, restrictions that sometimes cause papers to sound dry and boring. I feel that as I revise the paper to make it sound “more academic”, I’m going to be slowly stripping my personality away from the paper. This bothers me.