The following articles/book are written to beginning college students, the same audience you’re writing for. They are offered as a reference or models for content, style, language use, visuals, etc. When looking at these pieces, focus on how they try to reach their target audience.
- Advice for new students from those who know (old students)
- The Best Advice That College Students Never Hear
- Having a Hard Time in College?
- Composition as a Write of Passage
- First in the Family
- Higher Education Research Institute: Research study on Freshman attitudes
Advice for Beginning College Students (Portfolio)
- Answers the question: “What is something important that first-year college and university students should consider as they get started?”
- The essay requires research and must include a minimum of 4 outside sources cited in the text and in a works cited section at the end of the essay. Refer to the MLA eighth edition style guide for formatting questions.
- Your audience is beginning college students.
- The essay length should be 5 – 6 pages, double-spaced, plus the works cited.
- The essay must be posted in the CIDocs folder, Advice for Beginning College Students.
Draft Due Tuesday, July 11
- Topic selection should be something of interest to beginning college students. Topics might include: living in the dorm, studying, collaborating with classmates, handling alcohol and drugs, applying for financial aid, navigating sexuality, etc. Use your own experience as a guide.
- Choose only one topic to investigate and discuss. The essay should not be a list or a series of quotes addressing every college challenge.
- The essay needs to be an argument, not just informational. The essay should have a clear main idea that reasonable folk could disagree about.
- The document should be informal. Personal pronouns and contractions are appropriate.
- The document should be graphically interesting for your audience. If copyrighted images are used, create an images cited section in addition to a works cited.