Robert Ryder – Master of Arts in Rhetoric and Writing

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Q: What is your name, program and hometown?

A: My name is Robert Ryder, I’m from Columbus, Ohio and I am studying in the MARW program.

Q: What do you love about being an Oiler?
A: I love the pride that comes with being a student and a scholar in a thriving community. Ohio has such a wonderful range of resources, activities and opportunities for young people to engage in, and being an Oiler is part of that wonderful experience.

Q: How have the professors inspired you?
A: They provide a wonderful amount of academic freedom – that you wouldn’t find at a larger institution – to explore and examine different topics in great detail.

Q: Why did you choose The University of Findlay?
A: I like the small campus atmosphere. I love the fact that there was a small student-to-teacher ratio so I knew I would be getting a lot of opportunities to work one-on-one with my instructors.

Q: Do you have advice for students considering the program?

A: I recommend preparing yourself through a lot of reading and writing, it doesn’t matter what topic. Be ready to jump into the program and really push yourself to exceed and strive for your goals.

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING
Experience gained through making digital videos, podcasts and websites in addition to writing scholarly papers and a thesis.
GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIPS
Teaching and writing center assistantships with faculty mentoring and offered to qualified students.
NOTABLE VISITING SCHOLARS
Students enjoy unique opportunities such as interacting with visiting notable field leaders such as Duane Roen and Cindy Selfe.
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCES
All of our students are able to attend and present at regional and national conferences, including Conference on College Composition and Communication and Rhetoric Society of America.
FLEXIBLE COURSES
Offered one night a week for students to maintain full-time employment. Summer classes available as well.
CAREER SPEAKER SERIES
Up to six guest career speakers discuss job opportunities and advanced study options that await MARW graduates.
DIVERSE WRITING STYLES
Core classes teach digital writing skills along with traditional print instruction.
VERSATILE DEGREE
Excellent preparation for teaching, editing or publishing careers; strengthens writing skills for law school or graduate study and to train others to write effectively.