The scary thing about writing essays is that you never know what the professor wants.
I've had professors that say quoting is bad and others that say quoting is good. I've had professors that want me to to write like they never read the article and others want me to assume I have an intelligent audience. Writing styles are so subjective and I feel that just when I've figured it out, someone tells me to do something differently.
After getting critiques back on my first paper in my writing class I know what I have to change for the next paper but it's always scary to change my writing style - what if I lose me?