FW: Software For Students

Subject: FW: Software For Students
From: "Miller, Lisa" <Lisa -dot- Miller -at- Anheuser-Busch -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 22 Feb 2001 14:59:03 -0600

Snipped from Sean's email:

English majors bring a solid understanding of the mechanics of the language
to the job (words like "freaking" ;?). Seriously, putting together a halfway
decent sentence is half the battle. Just because somebody is educated and
has been speaking English since they were one does not qualify them to be
writers.

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I kind of want to jump in on this as an English Master. My education gave me
more than the skills I needed to write. It also gave me the skills I needed to
investigate a subject. Putting together all those research papers on a variety
of subjects was a great apprenticeship in Technical Writing whether I knew it or
not especially when you add to that I needed to learn several computer programs
such as WordPerfect and Word to develop my work. (Okay, I did write my first
paper on a manual typewriter, but I don't want to age myself too much.) I also
used electronic resources when they became available such as online catalogs and
the Internet. Even more valuable than the writing and research skills, I was
taught to use critical thinking skills to evaluate source material in terms of
cause and effect, validity, and credibility. In other words, I was taught to
understand how things fit together and how to fit things together in a way that
communicates meaning and makes sense.

My ability to use these skills effectively is of course always debatable
(smile).

Lisa A. Miller
Technical ! Writer
Anheuser-Busch, Inc.
Packaging Team - Corporate Engineering
mailto:lisa -dot- miller -at- anheuser-busch -dot- com
(314) 865-8904

"Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy."
-- Benjamin Franklin


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