As an Integrated Arts major with a minor in Creative Writing I can say that the school of IAS’s learning objective I have worked with the closest is Writing and Communication. I was able to hone my abilities of clearly and creatively expressing my message through the written word to communicate with a wide variety of audiences. With all the instruction on successful writing as well as plentiful opportunities to practice these skills, I was able to produce writing that was clear, concise and communicated the message of both non-fiction quantitative papers as well as creative ones. Communication bot written and orally is a priceless skill both in an academic setting as well in all as all aspects of life. Wonder Bread is a long-form prose piece I wrote in my Introduction to Creative Writing class. This prose piece was inspired by events in my own life and is about the eating disorder I struggled with during a road trip across Canada last summer. The success of the piece lies in it’s subtle and indirect method in which it gradually reveals to the reader the severity of the man character's eating disorder. This was one of the first pieces I wrote in the course but it was also the piece I chose to edit and refine for the final project. I feel like it full utilizes the literary methods covered in class to communicate a complex and sensitive subject. Detention is another autobiographical piece but the approach and subject matter is very different from Wonderbread. It’s about the relationship between two students trying to get out of a detention one warm Friday afternoon. I wrote Detention for a creative writing class but that focused on short stories and creating believable stories using narrative techniques such as showing not telling, characterization through actions and dialogue and creating an immersive setting. Where as Wonderbread was about an experimental approach to expressing a more controversial topic this short story is more an exploration in short story formatting and using characters to carry the story. The Writing and Communication learning objective has been the most important and beneficial to me since I want to pursue a future in creative writing. Cultivating communication skills will also make me a better employee when working in group settings. From project planning meetings with coworkers, managing conflict with a future spouse, emailing with my boss or even writing a novel one day, writing and communication skills are vital at every level of my personal and professional life. I have learned so much from my time at UWB and hope to take all that knowledge and apply it to my professional endeavors.