Some would say that UALR student Madison Hedrick has her work cut out for her. She is a professional and technical writing major with aspirations in the medical field as a pediatric critical care specialist.
â€śI originally just majored in biology. My freshman year, however, I took Composition II in the rhetoric and writing department and couldnâ€™t see writing not being one of the main focuses of my education,â€ť said Hedrick.
The Department of Rhetoric and Writing offers a bachelor of arts degree in professional and technical writing. Track I focuses on creative nonfiction, such as biography and memoir writing. As a Track II major, Hedrickâ€™s main concentration is in technical writing.
â€śI interned with the Arkansas Society of Technical Communication, â€ś Hedrick said, â€śand saw the amazing opportunities available in the technical writing field.â€ť
She also took two semesters to intern in the University Writing Center. â€śI was able to see problems other writers encounter while polishing my own,â€ť explained Hedrick. â€śIt is amazing how easily you can learn when teaching another person.â€ť
Hedrick has been published in Quills & Pixels, the UALR journal of nonfiction, and has received several scholarships and academic and public service awards. She is grateful to faculty in the rhetoric and writing department for their encouragement.
â€śThere are faculty members within the rhetoric and writing department who have become like second family to me,â€ť said Hedrick. â€śI never feel alone on campus, and that is a valuable asset I donâ€™t think you can put a price on. When you have an accomplished teaching professional on your team, it is incredible the goals you can reach!â€ť