Getting in Shape, Trimming the Fat….editing

I have changed the organization of my paper countless times. Well, no. Actually 8 times. It still isn’t exactly right. The problemĀ  with organizing the paper arises from all the different yet related topics that I explore in the paper. Originally I had wanted to write about the experiences of the first African American students who had enrolled at the College of William and Mary. However, their experiences were influenced by the College’s policies as well as the openness of the student body and faculty to integration. I have found a lot of information on these topics and I included them in my paper. It is just difficult to make the paper sound like one seamless work rather than a series of different papers mashed together. I don’t know if I need to just continue to work on the organization or if I should narrow the focus of my paper. I have submitted the paper to my faculty adviser for suggestions and I will continue to edit it.

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Answers only lead to more questions

I have finally been to Special Collections. It was extremely helpful. When searching through newspaper archives I could not find records on some individuals. Fortunately, I found detailed records of them in the library. However what often occurs when uncovering information is that one discovers that there is still much one does not know. For every answer found ten more questions arise. However by continuing my search I have found answers to the new questions. All it takes is diligence and determination.

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