Ward1 Tyler Ward EN 106 2 December 2018 Essay 1: Rhetorical Analysis (Revised) One of the most important decisions in life is what to do with the rest of your life after high school graduation. For many, that comes down to choosing the right major to follow and the right approach on studying in college. Many questions arise on what students should consider when making that decision. Should it be family tradition, financial budget, work market trend, social status, and/or personal interest? Professor Mark Edmundson gives his own answer to this question in the article “Who Are You and What Are You Doing Here?: A Word to the Incoming Class”. The article’s target audience is clearly stated in text: “the incoming class”, or in other words, freshman students experiencing their first days in college. Through his message, Mark Edmundson aims to persuade those students that the only purpose of college education should be to fulfill yourself: to find and follow your interest, to not only understand everything you learn but more importantly question its value to you and what will bring the most satisfaction in your life. Edmundson begins the article claiming that one must “fight against the institution” to get a good college education. He points out that what’s wrong with college education nowadays is the lack of effort that professors put into teaching and students put into studying. According to Edmundson, everyone just does the bare minimum, and that college to them is just a bridge leading to more important goals. Besides, the author also claims that students are built up by so many people around: they are made to be “father’s son” or “mother’s daughter”; colleges want
Ward2 them to be “well-rounded students, civic leaders, people who know what the system demands, how to keep matters light […]”. According to Edmundson, being shaped by others is easy and
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