Hello all!  My name is Sydney Rew, and I am a student here at Longwood University.  I am studying Liberal Studies with a minor in Special Education.  I plan to try and attend graduate school for Counseling Education.  I have always gravitated towards working with children since I was a pre-teen.  I grew up in a household with a teacher as a role model to look up to, but this past summer I was a camp counselor and I fell in love with working with the kids and building one-on-one relationships.  Therefore, it led me to the dream of finishing with a master’s in Counseling Education, so that I may continue to build those relationships with the little ones. 

My portfolio will provide a deeper look at how I grew through my professional writing this past spring semester.  The course ENGL 470 introduced new ideals and rhetoric to follow when continuing my writing moving forward.  I have soaked up a multitude of ways on how to write professionally through the class activities and course work. 

ENGL 470 focused on writing for workplace settings from a rhetorical perspective. Students studied strategies for effective professional communication, including the basics of copyediting and document design, and produce writing genres commonly found in the professional world (e.g., business, government, and media). Students will be able to analyze and produce writing genres according to the rhetorical situation of workplace contexts and create professional documents that use plain English principles (to targeted audience).  Additionally, they will be able to conduct research to create content for a variety of professional documents (memos, letters, reports, etc.) and create professional documents that use design principles.  Lastly, they will practice oral communication skills to present content effectively (enhanced with multimedia tools) and participate productively in collaborative projects.