Public Service Announcement

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Part I:
Throughout your life, there are many matters of primary importance you have to make decisions about, and when coming of age, it’s naturally the choice of a career and finding the right major to follow. After much heart-searching of: parents’ advises, personal hobby, society’s expectation, financial budget…What should we choose when facing such a tough question? In the article “Who are you and what are you doing here?” published in the Oxford American, a Southern literary journal, professor Mark Edmundson gives his own answer from the conclusions he’s drawn from experiences and perception in life. After reading the article, I choose to do my public service announcement in the form of a poster.

Part II:
As a university professor, Edmundson states targeted readers clearly in the beginning of the article: “the incoming class”, i.e., the incoming college freshmen. Through the essay, the author encourages students to follow dream and study what they’re truly passionate about, not only to comprehend what they’ve learnt but also to apprehend its value to you. He argues against commonly-held view that the mere reason to use higher education is to nail down a high-paying job.
“Welcome and congratulations: Getting to the first day of college is a major achievement.” –The author begins the article with an exclamative sentence giving reader –freshmen to be specific- the feeling of achievement satisfaction. Moreover, these warm “welcome” and “congratulations” bring different shade than the rest of the article; it seems like Edmundson tries to give students the run-around by entertaining them with illusions about college with these words. Then he expose it himself “You now may think that you’ve about got it made…”. Well, that is obviously a brilliant trick; and as a reader myself, I have been attracted.
He indicates some problems colleges have gotten recently:…...

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