Biographical Sketches

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Date: 25 May 2010

To: Robert P Danberg, Instructor of Introduction to Professional Writing

From: Tonia Kurian, Undergraduate student at Binghamton University

Subject: My current focus of study and areas of interest

I am an undergraduate student who just finished her second year at Binghamton University. I am majoring in Biological Sciences and my main focus is currently doing well in my academics.

I focus my time on school, as well as things that will help me attain my goal of being a pediatrician one day. For example I volunteer at nursing homes and hospitals and during winter breaks I shadow my own pediatrician, helping and learning from her. Presently, I focus a lot of my time worrying and thinking about MCATs and medical school applications, but I am struggling to overcome those fears and to take these worries as a motivation to start prepping for the MCATs. I see myself working towards a good MCAT score and getting that private practice as a successful pediatrician. I see myself working towards happiness and prosperity.

One area of interest for the field guide project that I was thinking about was genetic engineering. Not just genetic engineering, but more so the pros and cons of genetic engineering in plants, animals, and humans. I feel that there is a variety of resources that I could get my information from and that the topic is broad but not too broad that it will be too much information to condense.

Another area of interest for the field guide project was the pros and cons of embryonic stem cell research. Stem cell research has been a controversy for many years now and even today there are great debates about whether or not embryonic stem cell research hurts or helps mankind and our future.

After reviewing my suggestions for the field guide project, please let me know your feedback.



To: Robert P Danberg
From: Darren Ng
Date: 05/26/2010
Subject: Biographical Sketch

I am a Junior and an international student athlete at Binghamton University, majoring in B.A. Economics. I specifically chose Bachelor of Arts instead of Science because the Arts program works on more qualitative rather than quantitative data. In addition, I’m not much of a Mathematics person therefore qualitative data would work much more adequately for me as it involves more analyzing and writing reports. This leads me into the field of an Economic Analyst.

Over my first two years I took courses relevant to my field in Economics. The classes I thought were extremely inter-related with Economics were History, Political Science and Psychology. History was self-explanatory as history repeats itself in a cycle. Political Science worked on how political and diplomatic solutions after the world. It developed on how different government regulation had impacted our economic world, such as the stock market crash in 1929. Lastly, the art of psychology manifested on the complexity of the brain and how the human thought process is becoming more established everyday. The way modern human act justifies the economic trends of today.

All of the above brings my interest into Writing 211 as I believe it can develop my knowledge on how to react and act on a professional writing basis. Writing will be the fundamental of the field I want to work into. I would like to provide economic analysis in order to develop a better world by educating the public more on the economy. My intention of this is to hopefully stop the manipulation of the uneducated and the poor. I know my intention is far-fetched but it is vision for a better society. In order to do this, my communication skills is salient.

P.S. For the field guide, I am thinking of a guide on the economy. If not, I would like to further research on Obama’s policy on the funding of NASA.

Please let me know if you have any questions on my Biographical Sketch or if you have any comments about this memo,

Darren Ng

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Date: May 26, 2010
To: Robert P Danberg, Instructor of Introduction to Professional Writing
From: Yunmi Hong, Undergraduate Student of Binghamton University
Subject: Biographical Sketch

I am a senior finishing up my major in psychology. Six credits shy from getting my diploma, I took a year off from school because my dad’s company needed me. Coming back to school, I realized my interests, as well as my “expertise”, are not what they used to be. Having great interest and joy in studying the area of psychology, I spent my whole college career running towards my dream of becoming a psychologist/counselor or social worker. Never would have thought that I would be working for a financial company of investments. Now my only interests are economics, the growth rates of money and investments, and how to become a better marketing director of my company.

Not having the confidence to do well in my work life, not to mention that I knew nothing about finance, I made it my interest to spend a lot of time researching and reading about finance. I spend a lot of time talking to the administrative office and the vice president about her experiences in the company, so I can learn from them. Surprisingly, writing a persuasive three-five-page letter to a company, producing a PowerPoint for teammates, and writing a speech presentable for an audience all in one day is sometimes expected of me. Hence, the idea of a professional writing course was much appealing than I thought.

As for my field guide, it sounds cliché, but I would like to write something on cloning or abortion. There is always so much to write about those two topics, and opinions are always overwhelming. I have to put more thought into it though. Please let me know if these ideas are suitable.

Please let me know any of your suggestions. Thank you.

To: Robert P Danberg and Classmates
From: William Martin
Date: 5/26/10
Subject: Biographical Sketch

I am a returning student to Binghamton University, majoring in Economics. I enterred BU in the Fall of 2000 and left the school after the Fall 2004 semester, 16 credits shy of my degree. I am excited for the opportunity to return to the University to finish out my degree. At the time of my departure, I had some personal issues going on in my life which led me to making one of the worst decisions I have ever made, leaving school before completing my degree requirements. My original plan was to come home and finish my remaining coursework at a local college. As it turns out, I found a full time job right away and the thought of finishing out my degree remained only a thought. Like I had mentioned, I am extremely excited to be back and on track to finally finishing my degree.

I chose Economics as my major because I felt that it would be a very durable degree. At the time I was not sure what I wanted to do, and felt that with Economics as my main area of study, it would open the doors to a career in a wide variety of fields. I have been working in finance for the past 4 years and feel that many of the classes that I took have helped me a lot. However, after working in finance I have realized that it is not what I would like to do for the rest of my life. My passion has always been for instruction. I have coached sports since I was in High School and have always wanted to be a teacher, but I let myself get talked out of it by outside influences. After I finish my degree, I plan on pursuing that career path.

I chose to take this class for a couple of reasons. The first reason is that I have always enjoyed writing and have always prided myself in my ability to write. It has been a few years since I have had to write college style papers so this class is going to be challenging. My second reason for taking Introduction to Professional Writing is because I would really like to further my development as a writer. Writing is an extremely useful ability to have no matter what career path one chooses.

As for my field guide, I am still a little undecided. At first glance, when reading the examples that were provided I thought that the BP oil spill would be a very interesting topic to study and write about since it is the utmost major current event going on in our country right now. I have since thought about another topic to write about which is the decision to have the Super Bowl at Giants stadium in 2014. I am a huge sports fan and this is going to be a major event in the New York sports world, as well as for the City of New York itself.

William Martin

To: Professor Robert Danberg and Colleagues of Introduction to Professional Writing Class
From: Alyssa O’Toole, Student
Date: 5/29/10
Subject: Biographical Sketch

Two weeks ago, I participated in the 115th commencement ceremony of Ithaca College. Graduating one year early with honors, I will earn a degree in business administration with a dual concentration in marketing and management, and a minor in legal studies. The last course I am mandated to take before receiving my diploma this summer is Professional Writing, which is why I join you in taking this course. Most of you would assume that my areas of interest and expertise are closely aligned with my chosen areas of study. However, this is not the case. My true interest exists in music and particularly in the piano.

During my time at Ithaca, I struggled to define my life purpose. As a seventeen year- old freshmen, I wanted a rigorous career in business that would provide me an enormous income. Thus, I entered the accounting program with big expectations. It wasn’t long before these expectations fell short and as a sophomore I changed my major to business administration. Now, as a twenty-year old graduate, I could care less about an income as long as I am doing something that makes me happy.

Music is what makes me happy and what I hope to pursue as a career. Since I was 10 years old I have created and performed original music that is suitable for TV shows and film. Although I lost sight of this ability while earning my undergraduate degree, I plan to readdress it by moving to NYC or Los Angeles, taking music classes, and aggressively networking with individuals in the industry. I have applied to several marketing positions within record labels but have not yet heard back-talk about a tough economy!

I am not sure what I want to focus my field guide project on yet. I plan to spend the weekend thinking about it. If you have any suggestions feel free to share them. If you wish to listen to my music feel free to visit

Best Regards,

Alyssa O’Toole

Date: 06 July 2010
To: Robert P Danberg, Instructor of Introduction to Professional Writing
From: Lena Hong, Undergraduate student at Binghamton University
Subject: Biographical Sketch

I am an incoming sophomore at Binghamton University. By the end of my sophomore year, I will be able to declare my intended major in Computer Science. At first, I wanted to declare B.S. in Accounting, however after taking the pre-requisites it was a complete failure. I thought about what I really wanted to do in the future, and that was programming. My passion for programming and learning how a computer works inside and out is colossal. Following my family’s tradition and doing something I enjoy is what I see myself pursuing in Binghamton University.

I decided on majoring in the fields of computer science when I was about ten years old. That was when I was taught to take a computer system apart and put it back together again. The first time I did it on my own was exhilarating and entertaining. At the moment I knew my passion for computers were real. Throughout high school, I attended a school that is in the center of the financial district, giving me opportunities in the business field. In 2008, I interned at one of the most well known cooperate companies called Bloomberg, LP. It is a company that was started by Michael Bloomberg, and in this company they branch out from selling their own “terminals” to having their own television station. Interning there is a breath of fresh air; the business world is a constant rush of excitement and new things. For a split second, I considered majoring in finance; until getting to college and taking necessary classes. I discovered that Micro and Macro Economics is not for me. First year at Binghamton, opened my eyes to what I truly wanted to do in life and that is Computer Science.

For my field guide project, I would like to focus on genetic modified foods. The reason for choosing this topic is that genetic modified foods affect everyone. Everyone either has eaten the modified foods, or has never eaten them at all. I feel that not everyone knows exactly how the modified foods are benefiting and hurting their body. That’s why I want to do this as my field guide project.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact me.

Lena Hong


Date: 7 July 2010
To: Robert Danberg and Classmates
From: Andrew J Williamson
Subject: My Biographical Sketch

I am a sophomore in the School of Management. I am not exactly sure whether or not I am going to major in management or accounting. I am currently minoring in music and have seriously considered doing a duel degree program to get a B.A. in Music.

Music is my greatest passion. Since I was in fourth grade I have been playing in school bands. I started off learning the trumpet, but after seeing no progress, I moved to percussion. In school, I learned how to play different instruments, from drums, cymbals, bells, gongs, and everything in between. At home, I learned to play the drum set and have formed several bands with friends from high school, some of which have music online.

I also fell in love with my parent’s music and record player. While kids my age listened to Maroon 5 and Justin Timberlake, I was listening to Jimi Hendrix, the Beatles, and Billy Joel. Though I eventually started listening to more recent music, I came to love music on dying audio formats: Vinyl, Cassette, and now CD’s. I was able to continue my love of music here at Binghamton with the radio station WHRW, where I can play vinyl and CD’s from music that ranges folk to death metal.

I also am a volunteer fireman and emergency medical technician at my local fire department. I respond to fires, motor vehicles accidents, and medical emergencies in my community. I also ride with Harpur’s Ferry at Binghamton.

I am not completely sure what I want to do my field guide on right now. My primary thought is to mix my studies and passions together by writing it on the music business.

If you want to talk to me or ask me about anything or listen to my band’s music, you can email at ude.notmahgnib|8ailliwA#ude.notmahgnib|8ailliwA.

I look forward to a fun month with all of you

Andrew J. Williamson

Date: 08 July 2010

To: Robert P Danberg, Instructor of Introduction to Professional Writing and my colleagues

From: Janette Wambere, Undergraduate student at Binghamton University

Subject: Biographical Sketch

I am in my third year majoring in computer science. Up to last year I had two majors, computer science and actuarial science but I had to drop one because I would like to graduate earlier. I chose computer science over actuary not because I love math and statistics less, but because there are more opportunities in the field of computers. I intend to go ahead and study and take my actuarial exams even after graduation.

In line with my passion for computers I have started a web design business with a friend of mine. We started small with just simple website designs and daily blogs, but we have grown and expanded into other areas. We are currently working in developing a Wordpress plug-in, starting an online bookshop and an online African jewelry store. With all this expansion comes a lot of work, so I spend most of my time on the computer.

I am also an international student, originally from Kenya. I actually just got back from a year of study abroad over there.

I have not yet decided what I would like to focus my field guide project on, still weighing my options.

Janette Wambere.

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