Dear parents and students:
I have always had a passion for reading and writing, even before I was in kindergarten. I grew up in a family of many school teachers who gave me discarded school books that helped me gain a passion for reading. My great-uncle was a famous radio announcer and published author. I enjoy reading and writing about any subject. Reading and writing are the foundations of a good education. Academic learning begins with communication skills. I wrote a series of mystery novels for my friends when I was in high school, and although they were never published, this is where I started and learned my writing skills. I became a published author in 2008.
In high school, I studied a variety of literature classes including World Literature, Mythology, Bible Literature, and American Literature. I also studied French and Spanish. I had 8 years of music theory and drama. I was the student director of "Guys and Dolls" in my senior year. In college, I have studied the art of photography and later I became a certified professional photographer well-known throughout Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, and portions of Canada. I taught the art of Portraiture for many years to aspiring photographers, most of whom are now professional. I have tutored young students who had trouble learning how to read and spell. I also majored in Travel and Tourism at Davenport University where I began to hone my writing skills in my Creative Writing class. I have traveled extensively throughout the United States to gain research needed for my novel.
I have taken over 20 classes that have dealt with reading, writing, and communications. I am proud to state that 98% of papers and projects have achieved a grade of 100%. I have also received a grade of 100% in Photography and PhotoShop CS5. I obtained my Associate's Degree in Communication in January 2012. I am currently working on my Bachelor's Degree in Communications and Technology at the University of Phoenix and will graduate in 2013. I will then go on to my Master's Degree in Communications.
In my recent studies, I have found that I have a talent for academic research writing. Several of my instructors have advised me to do something with this talent. The best thing I can do with this talent is to pass it on to others. I want to show them the joy and passion of the written word and how to communicate well with others.
This is a time of electronic devices that allow us to communicate globally like never before. In an age of texting, although we see young people writing who would never attempt to write a paper in school, they are losing the proper skills of the written word. With the shortcuts and abbreviations that come with sending and receiving text messages, students do not know how to write a proper sentence when they get into college. They use no punctuation and do not capitalize the word "I" even in the classroom. As an online student, I have seen this over and over again in every class. It is hard to understand what these students are trying to convey to the classroom. These students do not get good grades, and they do not know how to read and write proper English.
I want to help change how the communications skills are obtained in the younger generations. I have developed a high degree of computer knowledge and skills for research and learning. I have several programs like Microsoft OneNote that are interactive with students for writing and keeping notes for future reference. I use MS Office 7 academically. MSWord and PowerPoint presentations have the tools to help students succeed; they just need to know how to use them to their advantage. I will show them how it is done to help them gain an interest in learning, how to achieve great communication skills, and find the enjoyment of reading and writing that will last a lifetime.
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