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My name is Abby Gargiulo and I am a current member of the senior class at Longwood University. In my time as a student, I have always had a great love for languages, which is why I chose to major in Communication Sciences and Disorders and minor in Spanish. In addition to my studies, I act as the president of the Catholic Campus Ministry, work as a lead Spanish tutor for the Center of Academic Success, and am an active member of the National Speech and Hearing Association. My future career goal is to become a speech-language pathologist who works in a medical setting whether it be in a hospital, skilled nursing facility, or home health. This desire to become a speech-language pathologist began at a very early age as I watched my brother receive speech therapy services and saw the positive impact it made on his life. This desire has only grown over time as I learn more about the profession and see firsthand how speech-language pathologists are able to effect change in the lives of others by assisting them in an area that most take for granted, the ability to communicate.

My overall purpose in creating this ePortfolio is to demonstrate how the work I’ve completed in my English 400 course is reflective of the course outcomes (listed below) and highlight my newly acquired knowledge regarding active citizenship. To accomplish this, I’ve included my course journal, rhetorical analysis paper, and common good project, each of which is connected to one or more of the course outcomes. This connection between my work and the course outcomes will be further explained on the upcoming pages. In general, these class activities and course assignments have improved the way I practice active citizenship by teaching me what it means to be an active citizen and how we, even as college students, can carry out the actions of an active citizen. Overall, I feel this class has developed my skills as an active citizen with agency though opportunities to learn new vocabulary terms related to active citizenship, practice with analyzing the rhetoric of others, and opportunities for us to take on the role of a rhetor.

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Engage in the process of citizen leadership by investigating multiple perspective on important public issues;
  2. Understand the nature of public discourse/debate as determined by purpose, audience, and content;
  3. Choose appropriate formats in writing for a variety of purposes;
  4. Analyze the effectiveness of their own text 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