My name is Cody Slaughter, and I’m from Richmond, Virginia.  I’m 21 years old, and a senior history major here at Longwood University.  During my time here I’ve also taken time in the pre-law concentration as well as secondary education along with a minor in English.  For a long time, I didn’t know what interested me about history or what I wanted to do with it; I just knew it was something I loved and wanted to pursue.  It wasn’t until I was 20 years old after I had taken a few English classes when I realized I just love stories as a whole, not just history.  That’s something I’ve considered myself to be good at as well.  I think of myself as a good storyteller.  Although I don’t find myself in many professional opportunities to tell stories, I use this talent in my day to day life as well as when I tutor others with the school.  Over the past few years, I have also written a roughly 300-page book along with some short stories as well.

The following pages on this blog showcase a little bit of my writing when it came to my English 400 class here at Longwood.  Over the course of the class, I tried developing my writing style a little more in hopes of becoming a more precise writer when trying to make statements and arguments.  Using these topics learned, I’ve tried applying them to other aspects of my academic life, mainly in the discussion of topics in other classes.  The class also presented me with a clear set of objectives which went as follows:

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