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This course was designed to introduce me to the types of writing I would face as a

fledgling member of my discourse community as well as learning how to transform my writing
from merely relaying data and conclusions to using it as a way to further explore my thoughts
and ideas. For me this is where I really connected with the course. As someone who had very
little true direction at the beginning of the semester despite my best efforts, I felt overwhelmed
with what we were tasked with in the first assignment, a rhetorical analysis of disciplinary texts.
Though the task was fairly simple, to analyze two texts from within our discipline to determine
the rhetorical tools and discipline specific conventions used in and out of academia. This seemed
quite complicated to me as someone who had no discipline to even begin pulling texts from,
especially when all of my counterparts in this honors section class appeared to have a very strong
place in their majors right off the bat. Going back to the part of this class that aims to establish
writing as an avenue for further exploration of my intellectuality, I found a more obvious path to
success. If I couldn’t truly focus on developing my position within a specific discourse
community, then I could at least focus on the mechanics of the course like expanding my basis of
knowledge of rhetorical tools and how to structure rhetorical analyses. With the second project,
the multimodal mini-ethnography, I felt like I would be able to take advantage of the assignment
and really explore my various major options with it unlike with the first assignment where I felt
stuck. I had the opportunity to explore what went into choosing to design your own major with
the Interdisciplinary Studies Department, something that I was experiencing as I constructed my
Weebly website; its efforts created tangible results that obviously impacted my life, a great
motivating factor at a tough point in my semester if I am being honest. The third and final
assignment had me in a similar position as the first one as I still did not know exactly what my
major looked like however it was much more refined than at the beginning of the semester.

Consequently, I decided to carry on exploring my interdisciplinary major rather than my geology
major since the second assignment had gone so well. I realized during this assignment that
research based argumentation strengthens one’s work automatically as it forces you to
understand the conversation you are entering and therefore better acknowledge your position’s
strengths and weaknesses.
Each assignment challenged me to think critically. With multiple drafts separately due, I
had to think of my writing as a process rather than a once and done thing, a concept that I am
relatively unaccustomed to. In regards to the first assignment, I had to consider what each text
was composed of and especially why. This required me to at first touch on multiple rhetorical
tools and then expand on the details of each one as my drafts progressed. This could be
frustrating at times when I felt that structural components within the texts were present for no
significant reason. With that being said, the second assignment came rather easily to me and for
that reason it was nice that only one working draft was required. The third assignment however
was a little bit more complicated for me because I was required to have a specific and well
constructed question from within my discipline, and I still had not finalized my program of
study. Fortunately, I was able to find a timely topic I am passionate about and that related to my
forming interdisciplinary major.
Throughout the entire semester, I found myself consciously utilizing the rhetorical tools
that we learned about and analyzed early in the course. Previously I had to really think about
including them within my writing and what that meant; it was always an extra step. As someone
who is interested in the power of photographs, it was interesting to learn about the role of visuals
in rhetorical strategies. I had learned a lot about logos, pathos and ethos before so that felt
comfortable but to learn about rhetorical tools that had a physical element and were not just a

part of writing was entirely new. My writing has been forced to develop with the multiple draft
process but with this I have grown more confident in my ability to write. Though I still do not do
it consistently, I have seen the obvious advantage for me to outline my thoughts prior to sitting
down and writing; I still just go for it and consequently my thoughts can wander throughout a
paper. I definitely start with a very “shitty” first draft that is composed of an introduction and
very little else, all of it is a product of procrastination. From there, my second draft typically
contains the beginnings of what I actually intend to discuss in my paper though it is still severely
lacking, again due to major procrastination. Finally, my third draft contains the bulk of my effort
and attention; this is where I spend my time fully developing my thoughts. I wish I would
redirect the bulk of my effort to the second or even first draft so that I can receive feedback that
better reflects what my essay will look like at the end of the process.
In relation to my field, I wrote one essay relating to geology and the other two
assignments regarding my interdisciplinary major, studies in global community engagement.
Because of this, I feel as though there was not a true introduction to disciplinary writing. If I had
written only about geology, then I know I would have a better grasp on what was expected of me
in that field. I do know that I will need to have a lot of chemistry knowledge in geology at least
enough for me to be able to fully comprehend research papers like the one I analyzed for the first
assignment. With the revisions of my first assignment, I added examples from both texts and
expanded on each of my paragraphs to better support my assertions. My final revisions to the
final version of my multimodal mini-ethnography include adding details to the influence section
as well as the tools page. I also updated my statement of intent. In my third assignment, I
addressed the lack of connections between paragraphs and adjusted the introduction.