Why Writing Matters
Hi! My name is Amy Henson, and welcome to my electronic writing portfolio. As a liberal arts Junior at the University of Michigan I have done a lot of writing, and have come to really appreciate the role that writing has played in my development as both a critical and creative thinker. Through writing, I have learned how to take risks and evaluate all kinds of issues; I have learned to take bold stances and then support them with clear evidence; I have learned how important it is to be clear, interesting and creative; I have learned the unspoken but key role of the audience; I have learned how to develop new ideas and communicate them effectively.
Furthermore, in our increasingly digital world, learning how to write in various new media formats has been an essential part of my education. Writing is happening everywhere: on our phones, on our computer screens, on Twitter and Facebook, on Pintrest…learning to expand my concept of “writing” to beyond the print page has helped me take on new media platforms; I can now use new media to create arguments in new and interesting ways.
Some may write off a liberal arts education as impractical in the real-world, but I can attest to the fact that by writing about many different topics in many different ways for many different audiences, I have become a more well-rounded thinker. Today, I am confident in my ability to effectively communicate my thoughts and ideas in various settings, academic or not. Through this website, I will showcase writing samples that highlight how writing has helped me develop my critical thinking, analytical skills, and creativity, making me a great candidate for a marketing/communications internship. So I invite you to click through my college years as I demonstrate why writing really matters.