Monday, March 17, 2014

WHY Must We Take WRI?

“I came to college for a degree in biology …so WHY do I have to take Writing 100?”

Well…why not? I mean, don’t you have anything else to do with your time?

Of course you do. But, as much as you don’t want to hear it, Writing 100 is not just a piece of the liberal arts curriculum necessary for graduation. Writing is a skill that will give you an edge in every aspect of your life—not just to make an intriguing twitter post.

Writing is an essential tool that allows you to learn many crucial skills. It enhances your ability to organize and process information, to be clear and concise, and to fine tune your work.

Yes, you might be able to learn these skills in the lab or in the music studio. But in our increasingly digital universe, faster and more concise communication is necessary: It could make the difference between a job and unemployment.

Don't let writing stand between you and your dream job!
Okay, so that might sound a little far-fetched, but is it really? Would you really want something as simple as writing skills to get in the way of your dream job?

So the next time you complain about trudging through the rain or snow to a dank Blaney basement room, remember that you are learning skills that you can use in real-time, for what matters to you. Whether it’s a cover letter, lab report, marketing pitch, documentary log, or personal statement, writing is equivalent to success.

Don’t let writing get in your way. Stay in Writing 100, learn what you can, and get ready to focus on what’s important to you.

For some more information, check out this list of “What Makes Writing So Important?” from Marquette University:

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