The Rhetoric and Civic Engagement course in Fall 2012 taught me the importance of being a rhetorical citizen. To me, a rhetorical citizen is an individual who engages and participates in diverse communities in completing related projects. Projects that will help us improve our lives. A sense of collaboration is accomplished behind rhetorical citizenship. We are indeed social animals, and most of us engages in and out daily with our community, from local to global.
How does being a rhetorical citizen relate to my field?
As a psychology researcher, and an aspiring neuroscientist and neuropsychologist, I always have to be consciously aware of what is going on around me including the surrounded environment and the people.
From my stand, it is important for me to be the relator and to be related; to be the observer and the participant.
I was given the opportunity to job shadow a neuropsychologist in 2014, and I’ve learned that it was important for a psychologist to understand where the patients stand. In order to understand that aspect, one must become acceptable and relatable. Therefore, as rhetorical citizen, it is important to understand and accept the issues being presented, and act upon it. Once this is achieved, one can start to engage and act on improving its communities including its members.
Below showcases a paper that I have wrote for the course. The paper discusses the definitions of what rhetoric and rhetorical citizenship are with sources from Wan, Leith, and others.