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Writing for College and Beyond

Life Lessons from the College Composition Classroom


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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Dear Student,

Whether you’ve held an unpaid internship, worked a summer job for extra cash, or worked full time to help support your family, you know that work is a part of your future. You know it’s important to succeed, not just because others might expect it, but because you want to feel good about yourself, enjoy your life, and be excited about what you do. All that is on you. In the future, teachers, parents, or counselors won’t be there to show you how and what to do.

Much of what we do in college is about preparing you. No, not just your major classes, but also the most basic, humble writing class. Whether you are in a class called Composition, English 101, Writing Across the Curriculum, Writing for the Disciplines, or something else, you are required to take it because your college wants you to learn how to write well. Your school wants you to write well because it will help you succeed, and though your success may reflect well on the institution, at the end of the day the success is yours.

If you learn the reading, writing, and research skills that these classes espouse, you’ll get better jobs and healthcare, receive promotions and raises, negotiate better rates for anything you want to buy, go on better dates, and live happier and healthier. Really. That’s what Writing for College and Beyond: Life Lessons from the College Composition...

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