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Writing for College and Beyond

Life Lessons from the College Composition Classroom

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CJ Kent

Writing for College and Beyond: Life Lessons from the College Composition Classroom explains how the many skills taught in the Freshman Composition course apply at work and in life. The composition class is a pre-requisite and General Education course for most colleges and universities in the United States. It reaches students in every area of study. As people wonder about the value of a liberal arts education and question whether colleges and universities are truly preparing students for the workforce, Writing for College and Beyond challenges those arguments by pointing out exactly how classroom policies and writing assignments apply beyond school walls. Professors, lecturers, and graduate students teaching Freshman Composition courses will find this book helpful. Administrators who service the Freshman Composition population, such as Writing Center Directors, will also find Writing for College and Beyond: Life Lessons from the College Composition Classroom a wonderful aid.

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Chapter Three: Netiquette Is Vital

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CHAPTER THREE

Netiquette Is Vital



What is netiquette? Netiquette is the set of manners and expectations for writing on the Internet. Whether for an email, a chat session, or a comment on a social media site, netiquette provides the ground rules for how to behave online. Not knowing the guidelines is no excuse.

Email Matters

Your email messages matter. Confusing, rude, or grammatically incorrect emails are immediate reasons to reject a job candidate. If you get the job, but you are in the habit of sending inappropriate, incoherent, abrupt, or sarcastic emails to colleagues, they will respect you less, and want to work with you less. Your boss will learn this about you. That makes advancement harder and your path to success limited. All this, simply because you didn’t follow some simple guidelines.

In 2016, over 116 billion business emails were sent and received. That number is predicted to continue rising, although who knows what technology will bring in the future?1 Learning to write a good email is incredibly valuable and surprisingly hard. Practicing it in college means you will have an easier time adjusting at work.

Show your readers some respect by thinking about what you are writing to them and how they might receive it. At work, this effort will be taken for granted, ← 43 | 44 → though you might get faster responses because people know your emails are easy to...

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