As the semester comes to a close, and this class comes to an end, I wanted to write one last blog post that acts as a capstone to my experience with English 229. This class has primarily been divided into three units: Observe, Create and Intervene. It’s funny, because when I try to narrow down the three biggest things that I’ve learned from this course, they correspond directly to the three units.
- OBSERVE – Writing in the Legal Field: WIth the first unit, I worked primarily with legal academic journals, specifically IP law. When it came time for me to complete the assessment for the unit, I got to write in the same style as the journals, using language and structure that I hadn’t used before, but will hopefully use in the future.
- CREATE – Personal Website: The second unit taught me a lot about self-marketing and networking, but I learned the most from making my own website. I was able to make a simple, clean site that gave potential employers enough information but still left them wanting more. I actually referenced the website and gave the URL to one of the HR representatives that interviewed me for an internship; I got an offer, and I like to think that the website contributed to that.
- INTERVINE – From Beyond Michigan to Saving Books: Where do I even begin with the last unit. I’m not exaggerating when I say that this project alone has taught me more than some of the classes I’ve taken at UM. I gleaned valuable lessons in group communication, for-profit/non-profit joint work, and most importantly, teamwork.
Overall, this class has been an amazing experience, but it’s only one step in my journey up the professional workplace mountain!