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RCL Looking Back

December 4, 2014 by Garren Christopher Stamp   

I have been pleasantly surprised with my RCL class this year. I was a little nervous coming in, with it being an honors class and not knowing what to expect, but It turned out to be a lot better than I expected. The Honors level allows for more creativity and gives me more of the responsibility of making sure I get my work done in a timely fashion, which I like.

I also feel like I learned a lot during this year. I learned to be more analytical of common rhetoric that I previously didn’t even notice. I learned about constructing arguments and categorizing different logical strategies. In addition, I learned the importance of connecting things to the modern day in order to show the reader the importance of the topic in discussion. I also learned a lot about giving speeches in front of groups. However, this is the area that I still think I need the most work.

I’m more confident than when I started the class with giving speeches, but I still am nervous. The idea of talking in front of a group of my peers is still frightening. I think this is something that will just take time and experience to reach any high level of confidence with and the second half of this class i’m sure will provide some of this. Looking back, I wish my High school would have done a better job preparing me for this, but there is nothing I can do about that now.

I look forward to the second half of this class and hope I continue to improve in the areas I struggle with.


  1. tjg5335 says:

    You mentioned about connecting what you talk about to modern times and its importance. This is something that I forgot to mention but I think is really important. I think my writing was lacking in this area before this class, but now I think I have a better understanding of it and will try to improve this area of my work.

  2. Eric Hodge says:

    I think it is interesting that you mention the analytical aspect of rhetoric. I agree with you that because I also have not been exposed to the subject. I really enjoyed this aspect of the class because I find it useful in everyday life.

  3. Apurva Bhogale says:

    Being in your blogging group we often sat near each other in our class. At the beginning of the year you seemed nervous for the first speech you gave but with the TED talk being fresh in my mind, I definitely could see you being more comfortable. It was nice working with you this semester.

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