I had only learned about content strategy a few months before taking this third year writing class, so I wanted to use the class assignments as an opportunity to explore this career path.
I created a professional writing portfolio showcasing my design projects and class writing in a way that demonstrated my interests and passion for design and content strategy. My portfolio includes original drafts, finals, and a concluding reflection where I demonstrate my thought process and iterations. My reflections show how I iterated by striving to understand my audience, to be mindful of tone and language, and to communicate clearly in concise sentences.
This course taught me to be very deliberate and strategic in how I write, and to understand writing as an experience. By knowing my audience, their needs, their knowledge gaps, as well as the purpose of the message, I was able to establish constraints. While being mindful of these constraints, I learned to develop and control my tone & language, edit rigorously, and apply rhetorical strategies to minimize reader resistance.
My professor, who recognized my interest in writing, asked me to TA the course the following semester.