I think that overall, rhetoric was an enjoyable class. I think that I would have had an easier time being in the regular rhetoric class, but being in the business rhetoric class has made a difference. The skills I’ve learned in this class are going to be useful and applicable to other business classes I have. It was fun being in a class with other direct admit students, where we are all shared similar interests, goals, and classes. I think that the group projects and discussions we had in class also let us get to know each other. I’ve become friends with many of them or see them in my other classes around campus too, which brings a sense of familiarity to this big campus. We also had a fairly opinionated class with several strong personalities, which made it interesting.
I think I did well in the class overall. Coming in, I didn’t know what to expect, so I tried to keep an open mind. I wouldn’t classify myself as an “English person” because I hate writing essays and giving speeches, so I thought rhetoric was going to be challenging. But, the workload in the class was manageable. In the beginning, I thought the class was going to be really easy because Heinrichs was an easy read, but my opinion soon changed. The first major writing assignment was really time consuming because I was improving my analytical skills and just learning what rhetorical devices were. By the end of the semester, I found it a lot easier to make rhetorical analyses. The only thing that I wish I would have better scheduled my time for the assigned readings for Confronting Managerialism. I wasn’t familiar with some of the language used in the book and it wasn’t an easy read like Heinrichs. These readings were usually easy to forget about because they were assigned in the midst of the major writing assignments, but overall the book broadened my perspective on business school education.
My most successful project in regards to grades would be a tie between the 3rd Major Writing Assignment and the Narratives Project. My group put a lot of effort into both of these projects, and I feel like we truly deserved the grades that we received on both of them. Even though the rubrics for assignments seemed pretty simple, this made determining topics and angles more difficult because it was truly up to us. Although, I felt that the 3rd writing assignment was harder because we had to find the confidence to use our interview skills in real life and apply the rhetorical devices we were learning in class to the essay. The last assignment was more stress free because I knew our groups strengths and weaknesses and we felt like we understood it better.
Some advice I would give to future business rhetoric students would be to not procrastinate on assignments, and to have open communication with your professor to address any concerns on projects.