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Reflection: My Time in CUPID Studio

This semester has been a wild one. Starting my third year in college has started off at a fast pace, as I attempted to balance a full course load, a job, a social life, and (not enough) visits to the gym. In retrospect, though, I am so glad that I took the Advanced CUPID Studio course. Amidst all the crazy academic presentations and … Continue Reading

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The Power of Buzzfeed and Other Social News Sites

They’re probably every other post in your Facebook news feed. And blog posts titled things like “Why You and Your Roommates Will be Best Friends For Life,” or “An Open Letter to My Cat” are pervasive not just on Facebook but pretty much every social media site you visit. Websites like The Odyssey, Buzzfeed, and Total Srat Move seem to … Continue Reading

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The Rhetoric of Online Shopping

Lately, I’ve been finding myself online shopping quite a lot. It’s that time of year where the homework load piles up and all you can do is procrastinate in every way possible. What struck me, though, is how easy it is to get addicted to online shopping. Whether it’s Amazon, Anthropologie, or ASOS, there’s something that just makes you want … Continue Reading

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Why isn’t the Argument on Climate Change Over?

Increasingly in the 21st century, the condition of the environment has become a topic of discussion among scientists, politicians, and the general public. Environmental programs in college are becoming more popular (I myself am working towards a minor in Environmental and Sustainability Studies). There is a large amount of evidence that the Earth is experiencing climate change and that humans … Continue Reading

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The Rhetoric of Talking to Dogs

It is well known that conversation is considered a form of rhetoric. When we speak to another person, we are articulating our views in a way that seeks to persuade or, more generally, communicate in some way. That is to say, there is a goal we’re attempting to achieve in our conversation. But what about our interactions with dogs? If … Continue Reading

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Summarizing- an Important Job Skill

In professional writing, it can often be beneficial to keep word count to a bare minimum. Texts such as abstracts, press releases, and newspaper blurbs focusing on TV shows or movies benefit from being as succinct as possible while still getting the point across. Summarizing can seem counter-intuitive when you’re in an education system where papers often need to reach … Continue Reading

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The Art of the Professional Email

What’s appropriate to put in an email? Have you ever spent hours writing and rewriting, obsessing over just what wording to use? Or maybe you fall into a less extreme category where thoughts about writing don’t keep you up at night. Either way, email etiquette is an important skill to have, not just for college but for the rest of … Continue Reading

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Meet the Associate: Abbey Foucart

Hi everyone! My name is Abbey Foucart ,and this is my first semester as a CUPID Associate. I am a junior Professional Writing & Rhetoric major with minors in Psychology and Environmental Studies. Last spring I took the CUPID studio course and loved how we were able to work on the practical application of PWR concepts through hands-on projects. It … Continue Reading

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