Welcome to my ePortfolio! My name is Abbie Preston and I am a senior here at Longwood studying Communication Sciences and Disorders. I have been a student at Longwood University since Fall of 2016. At school, I am actively involved in the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA); an organization that is designed specifically for students and preprofessionals studying Communication Sciences and Disorders. When I am not on campus, I work at retail store in Midlothian, VA. Working at Maurices has allowed me to pursue my education with less of a financial burden and has allowed me to gain essential professional skills. After I graduate this Spring, I plan on furthering my education by enrolling in a graduate school program for Speech-Language Pathology. Furthering my education will take me on step closer to fulfilling my dream of becoming a Speech-Language Pathologist. Working with children with special needs has been a passion of mine that started at a very young age. With my mother and aunt both being educators, I spent a great amount of time observing and volunteering in the elementary school setting. This is where I really fell in love with Speech Pathology. Many of my mother’s students received speech therapy and the services that they received had a huge impact on their social and academic success. Speech Pathology is a great outlet for me to follow my passion for helping others.

This ePortfolio was created to display some of the major assignments and projects in my Active Citizenship Writing seminar as well as reflect upon what I have learned throughout the course and how I have accomplished the course learning outcomes of ENGL 400. Through the course journal entries, the Rhetorical Analysis, and the Common Good Project, I was able to strengthen my active citizen writing skills and to successfully achieve the learning objectives stated below. This course has allowed me to not only enhance my writing skills, but to become a more diligent and influential citizen/leader. As you navigate through this site, you will see examples of the work I have completed during the semester and my overall reflections of each assignment.

Course Learning Outcomes

1) engage in the process of citizen leadership by investigating multiple perspectives on important public issues;
2) understand the nature of public discourse/debate as determined by purpose, audience, and context;
3) choose appropriate formats in writing for a variety of purposes;
4) analyze the effectiveness of their own texts and processes for specific rhetorical situations;
5) understand how the knowledge, skills, and values learned in general education are interwoven and interrelated, and how they can contribute to the process of citizen leadership.