If I had a penny for every time I’ve heard a student insist that he or she will not need to know how to write well in order to study medicine/engineering/astrophysics/pretty much any other science or math field, I’d be rich. These students, many of whom are otherwise totally brilliant, are simply not word lovers. I hate to crush the dreams of science and math students, but here’s some news: Even science folks have to write.
MIT’s Admissions Blog recently offered a post about this very subject. The author, an astronomer, says, “For all you scientists-in-training who hate English class and dream of the day you will never have to write another essay for anyone ever, sorry. It doesn’t go away. You will always need the skill of communicating – and persuading – through writing.”
Anyone hoping to pursue science will likely need to write grant proposals, which require you to be able to succinctly and skillfully persuade people to give you money or other resources. And this insight into the science field applies to nearly any career. Planning a business major? You’ll write progress reports, professional emails, and presentations. Want to be an IT professional? You’ll still need to write professional emails, project proposals, and memos. Is med school for you? As a doctor, you’ll write case reports and articles for medical journals.
While we can’t help you love writing, we can help you to write better, a skill that will help you in high school, college, graduate school, and far beyond. Here are some tips to become a stronger writer:
Employers in all fields seek job candidates who can communicate effectively via writing. No matter what your future goals are, you’re going to have to be able to write, so you might as well start improving those rusty writing skills now!