To The Non-writers in The Class

As a Lit major, I write at least one paper a week. To my fellow English majors this might not seem too abnormal, however the people in my peer editing group were appalled by this statement. Being that Uses of Literacy is mainly a composition course, I would love to hear the outsiders take on the comp. requirement, and writing intensive courses, in general. Did you hate it as much as you thought you would? Do you agree with Pitt’s mandatory writing requirements? Would you take another comp course if you were given the chance?

Feel free to speak your mind. This is a broad question about Comp. courses in general, not about Professor Vee, or about our class in particular! I am interested in being a High school English teacher, which is why I am excited to hear how it feels to have mandatory writing, so open up! You might even help some of my future students that despise writing.

2 thoughts on “To The Non-writers in The Class”

  1. Considering that I do not like writing that much and that I took this course originally for a writing requirement I think I can provide a take on this matter that goes against the writers and future teachers that are also in this class. In summary, I did not hate this class as much as I thought I would. Coming into this class, I thought the topic of literacy for a semester would have been boring and I would have been gouging my eyes out by the second week, but low and behold, it was much more than I thought it would be. On the idea of Pitts writing requirement, I do see it as a necessary obligation to fulfill even if you are going into the medical or engineering field. Writing is important no matter what area of expertise you go into and so writing classes are pertinent in every which way you can think. Being a pharmacy major, I did not think I would learn as much as I did and I did not think I would be applying all these “Uses of Literacy” the way I am right now. So of course I think writing is important for everyone, it just depends on what you want to do with your life and that is what affects how much writing classes you take.

  2. As much as I share the sentiment of many of my fellow students being annoyed by mandatory writing, it’s almost certainly improved my writing style in ways that would not be so pronounced if I had not been forced to think outside of the box. This applies to both courses in and outside of my major. For instance, when I first came to Pitt I had only really been familiar with the standard 5 paragraph style they teach you in high school, but I soon learned upon arriving at college that this would no longer cut it. I also learned that there is no universally “good” style in the sense that what you’re writing about really should reflect how you’re writing.

    For instance, philosophical writing is almost 100% argumentative and there is little room for rhetorical flair, so for most of my college career I found myself slipping into the false belief that argumentative writing could apply to every situation. Then I took this class and I have found myself becoming a much more flexible writer, in addition to finding that I enjoy injecting my personality into my writing and that I’m also much better for it.

    So generally I’m in favor of mandatory writing, even if it’s a painful process at first, because the average person is generally better for it

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