My name is Caitlyn Wallace and I am a student at Longwood University. I am a Business Administration major with a concentration in Accounting. I have been at Longwood since Fall 2016 after I earned my Associates Degree in Business Administration at Southside Virginia Community College in Spring 2016. Before 2015 I did a lot of soul-searching, trying to figure out what my major should be. Previously I was an Elementary Education major, and that was not the right fit for me. I tried taking several different kinds of classes while at Southside and things really clicked when I took my first Accounting class. In accounting everything has to balance, and be organized into categories; it all makes perfect sense to me. After I decided I wanted to be an Accounting major, I started looking for a job where I could learn more. After searching, I found an open position at H&R Block as a customer service coordinator. My first tax season was a whirlwind of returns, customers, and learning about taxes. I am still a seasonal worker at H&R Block and I continue to learn every tax season.

My purpose with my ePortfolio is to provide examples of my work and acknowledge all that I have learned or knowledge that I have enhanced throughout my semester in ENG 400, learning about Rhetoric in a Civic Life. This course has helped me learn to be analytical about all forms of writing, speaking, music and songs, and many other forms of communication. This course also taught me to understand public discourse, rhetorical situations, and the process of citizenship.

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