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Ally Pinto
Informative paper
Fri Feb 22, 2013 2:12pm
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I found the informative paper pretty difficult for a few reasons. I did pick a topic I was interested in, but I realized it was difficult not to talk about things people already know. Every one knows how drug rehabilitation works and what the counselors do, so trying to find specific information became frustrating. I could have talked more about not just what counselors are expected to suggest to their clients, but maybe what some counselors have suggested and how strategies differ for different types of addicts and different types of drugs. I also struggled with keeping my paper from being all over the place. At first I was just researching Substance Abuse Counseling in general and I felt overwhelmed when I was doing my research. My paper was super unorganized, so I needed to break down my topic. I don't feel like I was focusing on something specific enough, so my paper wasn't really going in a certain direction. Once I narrowed down my topic a little I pretty much had to start all over. The easiest part of the assignment was picking a topic. We had no restrictions on what we could or couldn't write about which made the research a lot less painful. Also reading about my topic was interesting to me, so that wasn't much of a struggle either. I did struggle with trying to form my own ideas so my whole paper wasn't "polite plagiarism". I also had a hard time incorporating direct quotes because everywhere I put one it seemed random. It kind of ruined the flow of my paper since it wasn't my wording. In my essay I think I could have dug a little more deep into examples and details, but I just had a hard time finding them. I think when I talked about the negative effects Substance Abuse Counseling has on the counselor I could have used a specific example from someone. I also think my conclusion was weak because I have a habit of making my conclusions sound too similar to my introductions. The main lesson I learned is to plan earlier for the next paper so I don't find myself so frustrated.

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