that you write about things you don’t care about,
that you write as if you sound like an encyclopedia/wikipedia,
that you omit your own voice and perspective,
that you cannot be creative and energetic,
that you must sound like the type of person who might wear wool/plaid jackets with suede patches on the elbows in order to be taken seriously,
that you cannot be everything that makes up your multiple selves, that you cannot be Hip Hop, R&B, Soul, Bomba, Dancehall, Soca, Metal, Bachata, EDM, or Rock-N-Roll . . .
You do not give up who you are to be an academic writer; on the contrary, you take who are even MORE seriously. Those are the kinds of academic writers we will read in this class; those are the kinds of academic writers we are striving to become. These are models and trailblazers worth following.