Jacquelyn Blain


The topic I had chosen for was Medicare for all and while I didn’t ever fully research into the topic beforehand, it was something that I have heard in passing and talked about in classes. Researching this paper was similar to researching for other papers, however it was the rhetorical analysis that gave me the most trouble. Taking away the emotions from my writing to give an analysis of my sources was the most difficult thing I had to do. I’m not sure if I can write rhetorical analysis’ in the future unless it’s mandatory because I am very emotional writer; it’s difficult for me to keep my opinions to myself. However this is a skill I should develop as it can be helpful, especially for work. I’ve notice that managers respond better to feedback better if you can give them a rhetorical analysis of the issue; if you give them feedback that is emotional they won’t listen and just assume that you are the problem. Going forward I know I would have to go through multiple drafts to get this skill down.

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  1. Jacquelyn Blain

    Those are good points, especially about how bosses really want less emotional analyses of situations, and how hard it is for somebody emotional like us to do that. I think that’s why I was so delighted to learn this skill — it made me sound “smarter” which is a stupid thing but is how non-emotional people treat us. Keep it in your toolkit because you’ll be able to use it in all kinds of situations.

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