Senior Portfolio Artifacts

Local Atlanta Bands English 3120 (Digital Writing and Publishing), Dr. Ashley Holmes, Spring 2015 My target audience for the project is for anyone who is interested in music and lives in the Atlanta area. I focused on showcasing bands whose members who around my age, so, the main audience could focus in on young people in their 20s- early 30s. The purpose of the project was to create a niche blog and focus on the Atlanta community. It also had to be something that I cared about on a personal level (I currently live in Atlanta and love to listen to music). I chose this project for my portfolio because it was one of my favorite projects that I worked on at Georgia State University. I love the city of Atlanta and our local music scene, so to be able to put the two together to create a blog was very rewarding. I think the main strength of the project is the blog’s overall appearance. I used WordPress and found a great layout, using large photographs as header and masthead images to draw in the reader’s attention. I also interviewed two of my friends who play in bands in Atlanta and posted them to the blog. The main weakness of the blog is the body text. If I could go back and revise it, I would probably use bold face font to accentuate headings and utilize more spacing for easier readability. (screenshot from the Local Atlanta Bands blog) Hashtag Activism English 3120 (Digital Writing and Publishing), Dr. Ashley Holmes, Spring 2015 My target audience for the project was for any users of...

Senior Portfolio Critical Reflective Essay

Rhetoric is the faculty of observing in any given case the available means of persuasion. – Aristotle (Rhetoric) I began my studies at Georgia State University in January 2011 as a freshman transferring from a smaller community college. I was already an English major and I was ready to choose a specific concentration for my major. I had always been stuck between the Creative Writing and Rhetoric and Composition concentrations. To me, the choice was always clear that I wanted to be a writer, as I always had since I was five years old. Choosing which of the two concentrations to pursue wasn’t as clear-cut to me. Ultimately, I decided that the more practical approach was to choose the Rhetoric and Composition concentration because I thought that studying writing skills would benefit virtually any profession that I took after graduation. I took Dr. Elizabeth Lopez’s Introduction to Rhetoric and Composition (English 3050) class in the fall semester of 2014 as my first class I would take in the Rhetoric and Composition concentration. I had always taken general literature classes throughout high school and my early college years before I began my studies at Georgia State, but Dr. Lopez’s English 3050 class truly helped sculpt my understanding of exactly what rhetoric was. From the beginning of the semester it was drilled into my head that the definition of rhetoric, according to Aristotle, was “the art of persuasion.” My view at the time, before I took the class, rhetoric involved a writer trying to convince an audience of some controversial topic or argument. To me, it felt like the “art” of...

Senior Portfolio Bio

My name is Lauren Bennett and I am a senior Georgia State University expecting to graduate in December 2016. I am an English major and my concentration is in Rhetoric and Composition. I’ve lived in Georgia for most of my life and I’ve been an Atlanta resident for three years. For as long as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to be a writer and I’ve loved reading from an early age. I enjoy writing short stories and writing essays and music reviews. My favorite book is A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers. I’ve taken numerous creative writing and editing classes at Georgia State. I am currently enrolled in a special topics class that will have a hands-on experience in editing the next issue of Five Points. After I graduate, I plan on working as a print or digital media editor as well as a freelance writer part-time. I hope to one day start my own print publication or become Editor-in-Chief of a major...

Senior Portfolio Critical Reflective Essay (Draft)

Rhetoric is commonly defined as the art of persuasive writing. In my time at Georgia State University, that definition has evolved into something far vaster than I had previously thought. Before I began my concentration, my impression of rhetoric had always held a notion of being convincing and getting your audience to agree with you or change their collective opinion on something (usually either a political issue or taboo subject). To me, rhetoric was always trying to sell something to an audience; something that they necessarily weren’t interested in buying. As I began my studies in the Rhetoric and Composition concentration at Georgia State, my perception about rhetoric began to shift. I began my introductory concentration class (English 3050) in the fall of 2014. There, we began with the foundations of rhetoric and critical thinking, starting with the early greats like Plato, Aristotle, Socrates. At first, this class did not change my feelings about rhetoric. To me, it still gave me an uneasy feeling. Was I ready to study persuasive writing? Could I write this way? Could I convince an audience to change their perspective on a topic? The Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric course helped educate me on early rhetoric and rhetoricians that laid the foundations for critical writing today. What I learned was that rhetoric not only consisted of persuasive writing, but rather all types of writing. Every choice a writer makes in his or her writing is a rhetorical choice: tone, mood, structure, etc. As helpful as the introductory course to the Composition and Rhetoric concentration was, I was still a skeptic. During the same semester,...

Senior Seminar Draft Portfolio Biography

My name is Lauren Bennett and I am a senior Georgia State University expecting to graduate in December 2016. I am an English major and my concentration is in Rhetoric and Composition. I’ve lived in Georgia for most of my life and I’ve been an Atlanta resident for three years. For as long as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to be a writer and I’ve loved reading from an early age. I enjoy writing short stories and writing essays and music reviews. My favorite book is A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers. I’ve taken numerous creative writing and editing classes at Georgia State. I am currently enrolled in a special topics class that will have a hands-on experience in editing the next issue of Five Points. After I graduate, I plan on working as a print or digital media editor as well as a freelance writer part-time. I hope to one day start my own print publication or become Editor-in-Chief of a major...
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