This semester of Composition II has helped me a lot for future classes and life in general. We did four different types of essays that made me realize that there is more to writing than just putting words down on a piece of paper. Also it made me become more of a critical thinker and reader because of the different articles and stories we read in class. At first I thought that this was going to be just another English class where we had to write papers and that would be about it, but I’ve actually gotten a lot from this class and will always remember what I learned.
The four different types of essays we wrote were, Rhetorical Analysis, Argument Analysis, Literature Review and Proposing a Solution. For the first essay, rhetorical analysis, I wrote about the magazine Cosmopolitan. We had to look in depth at an article, advertisement or website and “read like a writer”. So I had to look for specific details that we would normally just glance over. I had to look for ethos, logos and pathos used in the magazine. After writing this first essay I felt that I understood the meanings for those rhetorical appeals much better, because I had to find them and use examples.
The argument analysis paper was about looking at two opposing articles and agreeing with both or one article. My articles were about gun control, because at the time it was a popular subject to talk about in the media. I agreed with both sides, because President Obama had some valid points, but so did Tom Gresham. This paper taught me how to look into subjects deeper and to always read both points of view because if you just read one side then you only know of that one sides information. But if you go and read two different sides or opinions about the subject, than you can think more critical and see the bigger picture.
Essay three, the literature review was a big impact for me. This is because it was personal and I learned a lot about my subject. I wrote this paper on cancer research and treatments. I wanted to learn more about this because I want to become an oncology nurse. So after reading many different articles on what researchers are doing now for treatments made me feel like I knew so much more about what I want to get into. So this essay helped me realize that just because I have to read a lot of articles and write a paper about this subject it doesn’t mean that I can’t always go back to them and remember that it made my passion for wanting to help cancer patients so much more. So just because I had to write it for English, that doesn’t mean I can’t use it for everyday use.
Proposing a solution was the last essay we had to write. This essay was about the same subject we had in essay three. So I had to propose a solution to help educate the general public about new cancer research and treatments. At first this paper was difficult for me because in essay three we just had to talk about the facts and stories about our subject and now we had to propose a solution for it. I was stuck because there are already organizations and events that do a lot for cancer research already. After awhile I thought of some ways to help make it become more local and wide-spread so everyone will know about it. I talked about Relay for Life and how they do so much for cancer research, patients, doctors and so many more. I proposed that at local Relay for Life events there can be a researcher, doctor or cancer patient talk to us and tell us their stories and how the new treatments and research are helping to find a cure.
Looking back and remembering what all I had to do for these four papers make me realize that if you put hard work into something that you care about or are passionate about, it should come easy to you. Looking at advertisements and articles in a different way can change the entire story. Noticing the different rhetorical appeals in everything you see is amazing because we don’t think about it, but we see them everywhere and all of the time. They are just something we are used to but haven’t ever critically thought about why we look at bold and interesting words. We just go straight towards them because they stick out of the front cover, we don’t think that the author and editor purposely did it that way to make our eyes draw towards it first. It is amazing when you look at the other side of something and see that it is much different from how we normally see it. That is with everything in life, so I try to see both sides of the story now.