Sophia Ramirez

Hi! My name is Sophia Ramirez and I am a first-year student at the University of Iowa. I am a Health and Human Physiology major, Spanish minor, and am on the Pre-Med track. After medical school, I hope to be a pediatrician because I love working with kids and I think we can learn so much from them. I was raised in a small suburb just outside of Chicago, but now I live in southern California. I ended up in at the University of Iowa because, fun fact, both of my parents went to school here and I was born in Iowa City, so I grew up a Hawkeyes fan. I always prioritize my schoolwork, but besides that I like to work out, watch Iowa sports, and spend time with my friends.  

From taking rhetoric, I hope to gain experience in writing more advanced essays and gaining the tools to do so. I feel as though I have a lot of room to improve in terms of my strength of writing. I’d like to grow from my high school level essays as I know that I will have many essays to write in my collegiate career. I also hope that, through this course, I improve my ability to convey my ideas through speaking. Now, I think that I am not the best at conveying the ideas in my head out loud, but I hope to get better at it throughout the semester.  

I faced a very “college” moment of rhetoric while I was writing this very blog post. The day is Thursday, it is nighttime, and my friends invite me to their dorm room to hang out. However, I have this blog post to write and chemistry notes to take. Knowing very well that I will not have time to complete these two things on Friday, when they are both due, I decline the invitation. Some of my friends are disappointed, given that I usually hang out with them every night. They evoked pathos by unintentionally making me feel sad about not being able to hang out, and even almost persuaded me to come over. However, I evoked a stronger sense of logos by assuring myself that I would be able to hang out with them tomorrow night if I finish my homework tonight.

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