Recently, I was assigned to read the article “Texting and Writing” written by Michaela Cullington, who was in her first year of college at the time that the article was written. The overall purpose of the piece serves to break down the mystery of whether or not texting influences the formal writing of a university student or any student for that matter. She does this through careful research and many sources of evidence, all while being professional as well as confident in her opinion.
Instead of commenting on the content of Cullington’s piece, I’d like to focus on how she writes her essay rather than what she writes it on. It’s worth the mention that Cullington is very good at portraying her own individual voice throughout her essay especially in the introduction, with her dramatic opening lines that hook the audience, and in the final paragraphs, where she uses “I” and “me” pronouns to give her opinion.
Starting from the beginning, Cullington’s introduction definitely reads like a student’s essay would, with a hook, some summary and a thesis. Her thesis is very well worded and makes a bold statement while not coming off as an opinion. Throughout the middle of the essay, Cullington does an excellent job at staying very unbiased as she explores both sides of the argument and backs up each one with several pieces of evidence from multiple sources: teachers, students, professionals, articles, etc. However, it is evident at the start of each section that Cullington jumps directly into her evidence without starting wth a topic sentence. By doing this, it is therefore confusing to the reader and unclear as to what her argument for each side.
It isn’t until the final two sections of her essay that Cullington switches into first person to offer up her own opinions of what has just been said. In these last paragraphs, her personal voice can be read through her words, however it remains professional and formal. Cullington is able to convey her message with emotion and candid examples from her own life. In the end, she is able to sum up the main point of her piece concisely and cohesively in both the first sentence of the last section as well as the last sentence. From reading Cullington’s article, it is cleat that it is possible to have a professional tone while adding in your own voice as a writer. Adding your voice to your writing not only helps the audience get an idea of who you are as a person, but it makes their reading experience more enjoyable.