While my initial draw to the minor was just its significant overlap with the English major, once inside I discovered that an understanding of rhetorical principles is an invaluable and necessary skill. The minor offers many opportunities for studying across various fields and mediums, which helped me see that rhetoric is in everything. When I finally understood that everything is an argument, it changed the way that I look at effective communication. No matter your area of study, we all have a responsibility to engage in careful and informed dialogue with other people. This minor helped me gain an awareness of that responsibility as well as some skills to facilitate meaningful conversations between people. It also instilled in me a passion for effective argumentation, which I hope to develop and reinforce throughout my career and life.