Say Goodbye to Clutter

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In high school, I was THAT girl. The girl who became a member, and usually an officer, of almost every club at school. The girl who got to school events early and stayed late. The girl who aimed for perfect grades and settled for no less. The girl who got WAY too excited about spirit week and an almost always losing football team.

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Humor and Humanity in Writing

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In my last blog, I mentioned one of my first speeches, given at my graduation ceremony. This week I’d like to discuss another speech, one that surpasses mine on multiple levels. Many of us remember Nick Selby’s epic convocation speech addressing freshmen at Georgia Tech last year. The speech went viral, with FOX News calling it “a call to action and innovation” and CNN remarking that Selby is indeed “a force to be reckoned with.”

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It’s Me Time

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Reading chapters from Zinsser’s On Writing Well has opened my eyes to my weaknesses in writing. I write as an academic student, not as a person. I can’t continue to let the academic aspect of my life define my voice. The academic part of my life is just that. A part, not a whole. Throughout my time in Digital Communications, I want to learn how to develop my voice and use it confidently.

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More Clarity, Less Clutter

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I’m a talker. When I’m excited, I yell. When I’m nervous, I ramble. When I’m frustrated, I rant. You get the picture. I’m always verbalizing my emotions, and I tend to heighten the dramatics of my current situation. Unfortunately, I often do this in my writing as well. I include unnecessary details, detracting from my main point. I never have a problem reaching the word count minimum, its that maximum that causes some anxiety.

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Using Your Voice As A Writer

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Growing up in the beginnings of the digital media age, I have many available outlets for self expression. However, along with many other college students, I have also grown up to believe that we write not to fulfill our own desires but to please others and meet certain requirements. This misconception could have its roots in my perfectionist personality or the heavy emphasis in school on getting good grades. Either way, the readings from William Zinsser’s On Writing Well remind me, as well as other readers I’m sure, that a place exists in writing for personal fulfillment and enjoyment.

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