English 2100

Technical Writing

General Education Requirement

Composition (EN)

Semester

Spring 2020

Cover Letter & Résumé

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John Smith
Acme, Inc.
4600 S Redwood Road
Taylorsville, UT 84129

Dear Mr. Smith,

I’m writing to apply for the Entry Level Full Stack Web Developer position. This job would be a good fit for me, as starting from a young age I’ve been passionate about web development. This passion has translated into practical hands-on experience, as my past projects have involved creating functional web applications using HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, MySQL, and Java.

Additionally, my experience writing a browser-based MMO game has improved my competence in the following areas:

  • Designing and coding responsive web applications using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.
  • Project management using Git and NodeJS.
  • Writing Java-based server applications providing real-time WebSocket and REST APIs.
  • Designing reusable algorithms for collision detection and other practical uses.

I’m currently a computer science major at Salt Lake Community College, am on track to graduate with an AS degree this summer, and have been admitted to earn a Bachelor’s degree in computer science at Westminster College. I’ve already completed courses requiring knowledge of HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Java, PHP, and MySQL and earned a certificate of proficiency in web development.

I’m confident I have the determination, know-how, and experience needed to succeed in the Entry Level Full Stack Web Developer position. Thank you for your time and consideration, and if there is anything else you need, please let me know.

Sincerely,
Timur Tripp

Sample 1

Encouraging Young Adult Participation in Utah Politics

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In a democracy, all voters are entitled to equal representation. But many young adults in the state of Utah face a major problem in this regard. Compared to older voters, their turn out on election day is smaller as fewer of them vote. As a young person, though, whether you like politics or not, it’s important to understand that the decisions made by elected officials have a direct impact on your current and future life, and the main way of letting politicians know how you want society to function is through your legal right to vote.

Sadly, representation at all levels of government is far from equal, and the lack of youth engagement in politics causes the issues that matter most to them to go largely unaddressed. This is a problem that each and every young person of voting age can and must take steps to solve. If young people do their part to participate in the political process, they can change their present and future lives for the better.

The issues that matter to young people

Climate change is probably at the top of the list of young peoples’ concerns and poses a serious threat to earth’s environment and the survival of life on our planet. However, despite the amount of grassroots activism from young people regarding this issue, very little has been done about it at the state or federal level. The future existence and well-being of all life depends on humanity’s ability to address the threats posed by climate change, and the political arena is the main place where those threats can be addressed.

Another major problem for young voters is how to cover the cost of college tuition. Tuition has increased at a rate that exceeds rises in the cost of living regarding food, clothing, lodging, and transportation, all of which are expenses that have also increased. Meanwhile the federal minimum wage and wages associated with jobs typically performed by college and university students while they go to school, if those jobs are available at all, have stayed the same or have not increased enough to keep pace with and cover increased living costs. Therefore, students have had to resort to borrowing money while in school to stay afloat, leaving many young adults in massive debt after college graduation. This is a problem that needs to be addressed.

Speaking as a young voter, for our own sakes, and for the sake of future generations, inaction on these and other important issues such as the cost of health care, gun control, immigration, the funding of education, race relations, gender equality, the legal protection of civil rights and liberties, and the like, is not an option. Unfortunately, one reason that more is not being done to deal with these issues, most of which are political, is the lack of young voter input into the political process.

The Problem

Most of the works cited below here touch on the fact that since 18 year olds received the legal right to vote in 1972, with the exception of the elections during that particular year, 18- to 29-year-olds have consistently shown the lowest voter turnout compared to all older voter age ranges. There are many reasons for this including: a lack of focus on civics in high school to help students understand the importance of voting and other aspects of the political system due in part to the reluctance of teachers to analyze the messiness of politics and/or risk creating controversy in their classes; a feeling of helplessness on the part of youth that they can effect real political change; and the lack of development by youth of habits that include tracking the news, following politics, registering to vote, and so on. But regardless of the reason, there’s no doubt that we young people can do better and make our voices heard.

Some Solutions

The easiest and most important way you can get involved in the political process is by voting in every election, even primary and state and local elections. To do this in an intelligent way, of course, especially with regard to voting, it’s necessary to study things and do research to find out where candidates and referenda stand on the issues that matter to you so you can make an informed decision.

Voting is far from the only thing you can and should do, however. Regularly posting about political causes and candidates on social media is a great way you can help persuade more young people to get involved in politics. Chat with your friends about it too and find out if they’re registered to vote. The more young people get involved in politics, the more representation and influence we’ll be able to achieve.

If you find particular candidates you like, donate to their campaigns or volunteer to canvass for them. Canvassing is an effective way to influence voters and spread awareness about a candidate who might otherwise not be well known.

And finally, if there is a particular cause you feel passionate about, contact your elected representatives and let them know the decision you want them to make. Additionally, organizing or joining a visible, peaceful, grassroots demonstration about a particular issue sends a powerful message to elected representatives and observers alike. Their job is to represent their constituents, so make sure they know exactly where you stand!

There is hope!

During the 2018 midterm elections, 36 percent of young adults across the nation turned out to vote, a massive 79 percent increase over the turnout for the previous 2014 midterm elections. The result was a lowering of the average age of new members of Congress and a renewed recognition of issues important to young people like climate change, college tuition, and gun control in the political sphere. Now, ahead of the 2020 presidential election, young adult voter turnout in the primary stage is already hitting record numbers. If we younger voters each do our part to vote in every election (even primary or state and local elections) and get involved in political campaigns and discourse as much as possible, we can get much closer to proportionate representation and recognition of issues important for young adults in the state of Utah and around the country.

Sample 2

Animal Mistreatment

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Sample 3

iiod.io Tutorial Outline

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Pane I: The objective of the game is to eat foods and kill other players to earn experience and evolve to a stronger dinosaur. But beware the players that are bigger and stronger than you, they can kill you!
- Image of food chain.

Pane II: When you first spawn or evolve you’ll become an egg and then hatch after a certain period of time. Be sure to move near a nest when you’re ready to evolve!
- Image of egg in nest.

Pane III: Watch your hydration, stamina, and nutrition bars. Eating foods or weaker players recharges your nutrition, while drinking from the lake is the best way to recharge your hydration. Running or going underwater takes stamina, so be careful not to run out of breath or you’ll have to wait for it to recharge before you can run again.
- Image of hydration, stamina, and nutrition bars.

Pane IV: Carnivores eat live foods and players, while herbivores eat leaves and fruits. But watch out, herbivores can still defend themselves and earn experience by killing other players, even carnivores!
- Image of carnivore next to meat, herbivore next to fern leaf.

Pane V: Certain dinosaurs have special skills which provide advantages like lethal attacks and speedy getaways! Beware stronger players as they usually have stronger skills, and use them to your advantage. But also watch your stamina and other resources as using your skills may deplete them faster!
- Image of dinosaur using a special skill.

Pane VI: Enjoy this special beta version of iiod.io, and be sure to check the controls tab for info on the in-game controls. But most importantly, have fun, and remember that if you die, you’ll still keep some of the experience you earned for the next game!

Reflection

This english 2100 “Technical Writing” class required me to use several forms of technical writing, including letters, memos, outlines, and visual presentations. Each of the three projects challenged me in a new way, especially the second project PowerPoint as I didn’t have a lot of experience with visual presentations. My favorite challenge by far was setting up the third project on my online portfolio, which enabled me to utilize my skills as a web developer. I like how it turned out. The third project has also given me a usable résumé and cover letter template which should come in handy when I apply for an internship or job.

I liked the structure of this particular online english class and would recommend it to anyone needing advanced english credit at SLCC. With the smaller weekly assignments, being able to see other students’ submissions was a neat feature which helped take off some of the anxiety for me, and it also encouraged me to submit better work as I knew it’d be visible to the entire class. Additionally, the “DIY Assignment” was a nice concept as something that can be helpful with the larger projects, and was a much better idea than forcing students to do an assignment unrelated to the projects.

My technical writing skills are definitely better now than they were at the start of the class. For example, outlines weren’t something I was familiar with coming in to this class, but now I’m confident I can write one if necessary. The skills I acquired from practicing various forms of technical writing in this class should come in handy later on in my life.