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Before you begin your writing however you should consider the actual purpose of your bio; where it is going to be placed and who the likely audience is going to be will affect what you write considerably. A short bio that is included within a department website or other publication may only want basic information such as your name, department and research interests. While a longer one for instance for inclusion within a journal alongside an article may require more in depth information that may include what you have previously published and any awards that you may have gained.
Writing had always been one of my strengths, but it was challenging to take that initial step past the high school, five-paragraph essay form that constricted my ideas for so long. Moving past this form, however, has greatly opened my mind. My thoughts are now able to be more complex because I have learned how to sustain a logical argument in an organized manner. My writing has become increasingly more concise and I no longer have room for added "fluff" or "padding." Another improvement is my ability to point out multiple complexities within a text, instead of sticking to one-sided arguments in my papers. Furthermore, learning how to find peer reviewed journal articles and order books through interlibrary loan has significantly widened the scope of my research, which has lead to more scholarly papers with credible references. My writing is so much more interesting than it used to be.