Intern Spotlight: Shawn Sandlin

Shawn Sandlin

Shawn Sandlin’s collegiate experience has been quite a unique adventure, with many failures and successes. When he was much younger and inexperienced, Shawn attended UTA from 2006-2008. His performance in college was embarrassingly dismal. There were days he did not attend class and assignments that he missed completely. As a result, Shawn’s GPA suffered tremendously. Eventually, in 2008, he was placed on academic probation with a 1.89 GPA. Defeated and disappointed, Shawn dropped out of college. As a first-generation college student, this crushing reality was truly the darkest and most humiliating moment in his life. And 

Shawn Sandlin’s collegiate experience has been quite a unique adventure, with many failures and successes. When he was much younger and inexperienced, Shawn attended UTA from 2006-2008. His performance in college was embarrassingly dismal. There were days he did not attend class and assignments that he missed completely. As a result, Shawn’s GPA suffered tremendously. Eventually, in 2008, he was placed on academic probation with a 1.89 GPA. Defeated and disappointed, Shawn dropped out of college. As a first-generation college student, this crushing reality was truly the darkest and most humiliating moment in his life. And so, life went on, and the years passed. However, in 2017, motivated and supported by his wife and a few of his peers, Shawn reenrolled at UTA. He was determined to improve his collegiate performance and complete his degree. Since then, Shawn has maintained a 3.9 GPA and has increased his overall GPA to a 3.2. Shawn will graduate from college with a Bachelor of Science in University Studies and a Technical Writing Certificate in December 2020. 

Shawn’s career objective is to become a technical writer. In recent years, he has endeavored to work hard to position himself to become a successful technical writer. Through the direction and encouragement from Dr. Timothy Ponce, Shawn landed two internships in 2020: an internship with the Center for Research on Teaching and Learning Excellence (CRTLE) at UTA and a mentorship with the North Texas Lone Star Chapter (NTLSC) of the Society of Technical Communication. At CRTLE, Shawn redesigned, updated, and managed the CRTLE website. Plus, he redesigned the CRTLE brochures and flyers. At NTLSC, he facilitated a sponsorship partnership with a tech-comm company, 36Software, Inc., for the chapter through the help of his mentor. He aspires to be highly involved in the chapter in the coming years. 

Shawn is incredibly grateful to Dr. Timothy Ponce, Dr. Ann Cavallo, Dr. Andrew Clark, and his mentor, Bob Want, for extending these opportunities and giving invaluable words of advice and encouragement. 

We are looking forward to the wonderful endeavors and successes Shawn will achieve in the next step of his journey! Thank you for supporting CRTLE with its initiatives.