Reflective Statement – nobinaryneeded

Core Value I. My work demonstrates that I used a variety of social and interactive practices that involve recursive stages of exploration, discovery, conceptualization, and development.

Throughout the class I have definitely learned how to demonstrate the use of variety and social practices. Writing is all about research on the topic, some can even be personal experiences. The writing can be interactive by connecting with the reader, asking them questions, showing them that the topic at hand is something that, whether they experience or not, can feel a connection with. I have demonstrated this in my causation essay when I go on to tell a story of a girl who struggles with mental illness. This conceptualizes the idea to the readers, giving them the story they need to hear to understand the severity of the topic of the paper. I’ve learned this quite well and do intent to use it in the future through my college career.

Core Value II. My work demonstrates that I placed texts into conversation with one another to create meaning by synthesizing ideas from various discourse communities. 

While writing essays it is important to make sure that we include sources from all points of view in order to get a stronger argument. In my rebuttal argument I use sources that argue against my claim that mental illness stigma is real and present, not to mention a serious problem. This lets me get my argument stronger by rebutting against that claim, all while showing my readers that I can provide a strong argument with facts, statistics, and personal experience. The readers will hopefully get the connection with the essay and will be able to learn something new from both perspectives of the situation addressed in the essay. I plan to continue on using this strategy through my college career, considering I believe it is one of my strongest ones.

Core Value III. My work demonstrates that I rhetorically analyzed the purpose, audience, and contexts of my own writing and other texts and visual arguments.

In my experience writing this essay it became clear to me that analyzing all aspects of the essay is crucial to a good piece. I’ve very well learned to analyze the purpose of the essay by doing my research on the topic thoroughly, such as I did in my definition argument. I analyzed the context too, rereading what I wrote and making sure that it makes sense to the reader and that my point will come across strong in the information I’ve provided. I continue to keep growing as a writer each day, in the essay form, and while I have three years left at Rowan University, I’ll use all of these tips, and continue to analyze the purposes, audiences, and contexts of my own writing.

Core Value IV: My work demonstrates that I have met the expectations of academic writing by locating, evaluating, and incorporating illustrations and evidence to support my own ideas and interpretations.

In my White Paper I locate, evaluate, and incorporate illustrations and evidence to start off my paper, to start off how this paper is going to go. I also show it a lot in my rebuttal argument because I go on to tell the story of a girl, who I have based off of myself from when I was sixteen years old (and still a girl). What’s more factual than a real life experience by the person who has written the paper themselves. It’s a perfect example of evidence that more than just myself has to deal with. Personal experience is the best evidence. And though I cannot always use them in my essays in college, I can do my research and find other’s experiences in the topic.

Core Value V. My work demonstrates that I respect my ethical responsibility to represent complex ideas fairly and to the sources of my information with appropriate citation. 

This essay has taught me that I can represent complex ideas in a fair manor based off of the information and sources that I have provided myself with. While this is an argument in which I have a side, I support my side with strong evidence, personal experiences, other’s personal experiences, and statistics and factual evidence. There are many factors that went into writing this research paper, though the most prominent and supportive one were all of the sources I had gathered to make my argument strong without bashing the other side of the argument, but arguing against it in an ethical, appropriate manor.  I can use this skill throughout the rest of my college experience and make my future essays more ethical and responsible.


About Shiloh Vasko

Hi. My name is Shiloh Vasko. I'm a 24-year-old writer from South Jersey, and I hope you can find something here. My goal with this blog is to take the hard times in life and turn them into something useful or helpful for others to take out into their world.
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1 Response to Reflective Statement – nobinaryneeded

  1. davidbdale says:

    Glad to see this, NoBinary.
    —in a fair manor based off of the information and sources
    ——in a fair MANNER based ON the information and sources

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