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50+ Ways

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Jon James

on 23 April 2014

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My name is Jonathan Furlette. I am a Technical Writer at
Warren and a graduate student in the Written Communication program at Eastern Michigan University. I was born at St. Joe's hospital in Ypsilanti, Michigan and have lived most of my life on the far west side of
Ann Arbor.
by Jonat
han Furlette
Topics in Professional Communication

Dr. Krause
50+ Ways

I have been interested in words, in particular the way that they sound "in a row," and I have been adamant about expanding my vocabulary, even before I entered grade school.

When asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, I responded "100 years old." Interestingly enough, I have always been into numbers and numerology too, for example: I have 21 letters in my full name, I was born on the 21st of December, and was 21 inches tall. I was also born in the 12th month which, when the digits are reversed, is 21. Needless to say, 21 is my lucky number.
Since an early age...
A few of my favorite things...
For as long as I can remember I have loved music (sure everyone does), but in my case it is somewhat of an obsession and I spend a lot of my free time searching for and listening to new music (particularly from the Hip Hop and
R & B genres) and creating it. Another thing that tops my list is contemporary fashion, especially hoodies, sneakers, and hats. I have approximately 90 pairs of shoes in my collection, some are very rare Nike's and Air Jordan's that I could sell for a profit.
Grocery shop? No siree, Bob...
A favorite pass time of mine is food, and though I do like to cook, I spend a lot of time (and money) dining at the best restaurants that this country has to offer (that is...according to Yelp). My friends and I try to have a steak night at least once a week and we are still in search of that perfect medium-rare bone-in rib-eye (though many places we have been are very close). One day I hope to open my own restaurant and wouldn't mind writing about food for a living if the opportunity should present itself...
Life as an undergraduate...
I graduated from Western Michigan University in December, 2008 with my Bachelor of Arts degree in Professional Writing and a Minor in Journalism. During this time I worked as an intern with insidehockey.com where I eventually became a full-time content writer covering WMU hockey, U of M hockey, and eventually the Red Wings. I wrote articles for all four home games during the 2009 Stanley Cup Finals at Joe Louis Arena. It was there that I met some of my childhood idols, such as: Nicholas Lindstrom, Mario Lemieux, Pavel Datsyuk, and even Kid Rock!
I had a lot of fun being a content writer for a major sports news source, but the hard work I was putting into traveling, interviews, and meeting deadlines was not paying the bills. I looked to use my professional writing degree to earn a more lucrative employment opportunity but most of the work in the manufacturing field was halted. With the whole journalism industry imploding from the inside out, I decided that it was time to make a career change. I worked as an Academic Mentor for reading and math at Adams Academy and as a writing mentor at Ypsilanti Middle School. I really enjoyed working with kids and had seen great strides with the group of students I was assigned. Unfortunately, with a new Superintendent in place and budget cuts being made everywhere (they didn't even have any program for instrumental music or foreign language) I was forced to make a choice about my

Time for a change...
I decided that with manufacturing jobs in the slumps and with the whole journalism industry imploding from the inside out that I should shift my sight for the future elsewhere. I figured that further pursuing my education would give me the most freedom in choosing my next career move. I started pursuing my Master’s degree at Eastern Michigan in the fall of 2013. My expected graduation date is late April, 2015 where I will have obtained my MA in Written Communication.
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