Below are writing samples that reflect my diverse writing capabilities across multiple genres and to a wide audience.
My podcast series began as my Honors Project. I had to submit a formal proposal, funding request, and resume in order to be approved for this project. The project lasted from November until May, concluding with the Honors Project Conference on May 1st, but the podcast itself is not over.
For the conference, I presented my findings and outcomes while also providing an opportunity for gusts to listen to snippets of the episodes and engage with my social media via a laptop projected onto the wall.
Issue of Concern Project
For this first piece, we were instructed to consider an issue that writers commonly face, explore the issue, and then propose a solution. After identifying a problem, we researched scholars’ views on the topic in order to provide a breadth of opinions on the matter and then discover our own solution. Some people provided solutions for time management, writers block, or organizing an essay, but I chose to explore the exclusionary nature of using only “he” and “she” pronouns in the English language. In this paper, I called upon six artifacts to support my question of whether or not “they” can be used as an epicene in English, or if doing so irreparably violates exiting grammatical rules.
Civic Action Report
As a part of the Honors Program, I took a course called “Revisiting a Crisis: The Resurgence of HIV/AIDS in the United States”. I had previously been involved in a group on campus which advocated for students’ rights to education about sexual health, substance abuse, and bystander intervention, but I had not been familiar with the HIV/AIDS crisis of the 1980’s and had no idea what the implications of the virus were more recently. For this course, we conducted a group project with the goal of increasing local civic engagement surrounding HIV/AIDS. My group chose to present a sexual health lesson to two local high schools about STIs/STDs with a push in on HIV/AIDS. The overall goal was to highlight the importance of getting regularly tested for all kinds of STIs and STDs.
The sample below is our Civic Action Report which details our experiences, includes data about our presentations, and includes the full lesson plans we created. This piece is an example of my ability to work with a small team to brainstorm a creative solution to a problem, plan and execute a project, and cooperatively draft up a report containing both qualitative and quantitative data. This project is also a tribute to my skill in public speaking to a culturally and socioeconomically diverse audience about a sensitive and serious topic that is not voluntarily participating in the presentation.
Personal Conflict Theoretical Analysis Paper
Advanced Interpersonal Conflict was one of the most enlightening courses I have taken in undergrad. We dissected real-life conflict scenarios in the scope of the book “Getting To Yes”by Roger Fisher and William Ury. I already try to approach conflict as an opportunity for growth, but after this class, I was much more quick to look within myself before looking to others for the cause of a conflict. I discovered a wide variety of ways to look at conflicts, all of which can be considered positively. For the final paper, we looked at a recent interpersonal conflict we each experienced and analyzed it through the lens of the conflict communication theories we discussed throughout the course. In the end, we reflected on our own shortcomings and concluded about how we could have proceeded with the situation instead.
This writing sample demonstrates my ability to think critically about conflict situations in order to reach the best possible solution for all. It also speaks to my affinity for self reflection and personal growth after a conflict. The conflict management skills I have gained through this course will make me a valuable member of any professional team.