Short Writing Assignment One

Exploring a College Major or Career

Exploring a College Major or Career- Overview

Everyone wants a great future whether it be financial prosperity, personal happiness, or both. There are many paths to that future. Some are more obvious and direct than others. For this Short Writing Assignment, each student will select a college major/program and career that it will prepare him or her for and explore it. The exploration will include the traditional preparation for it (training/education) and the process by which a person may acquire the job once the training/education is complete. For example, it is one thing to write, " I want to be a Dental Hygenist." It is something more complex to explain all the classes required, basic program requirements, and how to obtain a job once those requirements are met.
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Paper Requirements

Page length

  • The draft must be a minimum of 1.5 pages typed.
  • Drafts that do not meet the minimum will not be evaluated and will be given an automatic grade of F (25). Do not try to get around this requirement by making the margins, spacing and font larger. Please also note that this is a minimum length requirement.
  • If required, the Works Cited page is not part of the minimum page requirement.

Format: Margins, Spacing and indentation, Font, Pagination, Heading, Title

  • 1” all around
  • Double space throughout
  • ½ inch indentation of the first line of a paragraph
  • Times New Roman 12 pt font
  • Identification of your last name and page number in top right margin, ½ inch from the top margin.
  • See your Little DK Handbook for instructions on how the heading should be formatted.

You will need to include your name, my name, the course name, and the date. An example essay in MLA format is in the Little DK starts on pages 126-134.

The title of the essay must not be:

  • Underlined
  • In quotes
  • Boldface
  • In a larger font
  • Surrounded by extra space

Late penalties

  • Please see the syllabus for late penalties.

Use of 1st and 2nd person pronouns

  • Never use “you” or “your” unless in a direct quotation. Its use is informal and indefinite.
  • Avoid using “I” as well. There is usually a better way to write the sentence.

Works Cited

Works Cited is not required.


  • SWA's are not generally available for revision.

Short Writing Assignment One Due 2-16-16