Since this semester conducted remote learning, I’ve experienced both hardships and ease with this course. One difficulty I had with this course being online is staying motivated. Since we’re not in a physical classroom where there is a fixed time for when the class starts and ends, I found it hard to get started on my assignments and finish them quicker. A solution I found to this issue is finding a productive workspace that caused me to center around what I need to begin and complete. Another difficult situation I had was with the lack of communication. Since I’m bad at communicating through the web I haven’t interacted with my other classmates which is very unfortunate. Like I stated in my analysis of “In defense of the classroom”, “To build a community as an online class, constant communication is very crucial. Without communication, it will be hard to understand the subject.” Although this online class was heavy for me, I likewise discovered enjoyable perspectives about it, for example, having an adaptable measure of time to compose a task. I’ve generally battled with writing in a restricted amount of time and favor the opportunity of gradually thinking and drafting.
My early assumption about me and my writing was always negative. I’ve had consistently regarded my style of composing to be dull and unclear but the feedback I received from Professor Edelson on my assignments had changed that opinion. The positive input I would receive had made me more confident in what I wrote. It had stopped me from coming up with ways to put my self down but rather appreciate how I wrote this task. When comparing my work in the early semester to the end, I had wished to put more details in my projects, such as unit 1. In my unit 1 project, I talked about my experience with education and didn’t feel like I did a good job of presenting my thoughts and personal situations. A way I could’ve done better is explaining in detail the sentiments I felt. When looking at my work toward the end semester to the mid one, I’m pleased with how in-depth I went in providing information for the topic I researched.
This term has taught me many things about being a reader and a writer. I’ve learned techniques on how to read like a writer and how to write in a reasonably effective manner which had improved the way I read and write pieces. In Mike Bunn, “How to Read Like a Writer”, I stated “reading like the writer may help us get a better understanding of the author’s decisions and as well good to remember when having difficulties understanding a text.” This statement had helped my skills and changed them for the better. I will be able to transfer this knowledge to my next English course to assist me when I have a problem with understanding my text or writing them.
This semester was really hard for me, i didn’t have any motivation to do anything since it was a remote learning and its online.It was also really hard for most students since college is really expensive and people that don’t have any laptop and it’s really important to own a laptop if you are in college because they ask for many things,Students also have been through tough times,losing the ones you love can be really hard on anyone and trying to protect your family could be also hard and exhausted if you are the oldest and they only have you.I get really dizzy if i stayed couple hours on my laptop and i find it really hard to finish any of my assignments and i try to finish them on time and fast.I feel like that no matter what we are going through we have to fight it together and to keep motivating each other and never lose hope.I tried my best to do every work i possibly can do and i added all my effort and hope in it.
My favourite assignment to do was unit one when we started talking about our personal experience with education, and i think that i talked about how i feel about education and how that we always saw it as it is something boring nd that we don’t need it and that we would be better without it.during quarantine you had plenty stuff to do and especially reconnecting with your parents and siblings again,i was really open when i was talking about my journey with education and it was really hard for me to get some stuff but i had it managed and i did my best to get everything.In the assignment I addressed the way my actions and interests changed due to the changing world and the culture at school,. A comparison between the work I did previously in the semester and the time I did later is that in all the tasks I demonstrated imagination.
After completing some of the lessons we had, there were several important lessons I have gained. After watching the documentary “I Am Not Your Negro,” I knew not only what, but what James Baldwin stood for. I saw how ridiculous it is that people continue to fight for fundamental human rights these days and face the same problems. As roles and genres change, I have been able to extend my ability to investigate and gather crucial data and knowledge about my subjects.For unit 3 it made do research about multiple things that i found really interesting and i also thought of the audience and what can be an issue that everyone is facing right now and i really wanted to talk about it,because most people just ignore the huge stuff that are the real problem and start focusing on some small things that won’t even make a difference whether it was still there or not.i tried to make it really simple and i tried explaining every point so that no one goes through any confusion.I felt like this semester was stressful in terms of all the courses we had to complete and plan for, but I managed to resolve this by administering my time and taking advantage of my environment. I do believe that numbers don’t determine my character nor my importance in the grand scheme of things, but I think it’s still necessary to do your best in something that you want to do, but I’m not sure that the number of people can dictate my personality or my value in the big scheme of things.
Portfolio & Reflection:
This semester allowed me and everyone else as students to endeavor a whole different experience. Now I’d like to say for me personally, I’ve encountered both negative and positive aspects. It was definitely difficult due to the circumstances we are currently living in but I believe that no matter situation we are put in, we should try our best to adapt and attempt to make the most out of it, and express gratitude regardless of how bad the situation is, because at the end of the day we have control over our feelings and how we react. What I’ve learned about myself this term as a writer, reader, and scholar is that I’m able to complete anything I set my mind to if I just focus, but if I’m being honest, being stuck at home has its ups and downs. A positive that comes with virtual learning is that there’s a bit more freedom but at the same time I feel as if I lack the motivation that is vital for having a productive semester, environmental factors had a large impact on that.
My favorite writing project would probably have to be Unit 1, where we all wrote about our personal education journeys. I felt like I was able to open up and express my mindset. “Discovering your purpose in this life holds enlightenment that is able to develop character in many positive aspects.” During this time of quarantine, my ideologies about myself and life have greatly changed, I was able to reflect and discover the deeper meanings in life, and I am still continuing that journey. Not only was I able to reflect upon philosophical meanings, but the earlier events in my life, and how those events formed who I am as a person today. “I personally have my struggles with anxiety and societal norms and what is expected of me in my community fuels it a bit more, to the point where I bottle everything up and keep everything private so there is no place for me feeling judged.” In that project I wrote about how my behavior and priorities shifted due to the change of environment and school atmosphere, for example going to a regular highschool after attending an all girls middle school. A similarity from the work I did earlier on in the semester vs. later on is that I was able to express creativity in all the assignments.
There were many notable lessons I’ve learned after completing some of the assessments. After watching the I Am Not Your Negro documentary I was able to learn about James Baldwin and his words, not only that but what he stood for. After watching that I’ve realized how insane it is that to this day people are still fighting for basic human rights and facing the same issues. As the assignments and genre changed, I was able to expand my skills in researching and collecting vital details and information concerning my topics. For my unit 3 project, it made me really think about a bigger audience and not just myself and the grader. Thinking about an audience affected the content and the way I created it. I planned on making an infographic for that assignment and thought I executed it well, made sure to keep it simple with images to enhance my message. I felt as if this semester was overwhelming regarding all the assignments and exams we had to complete and prepare for all of the courses, but I attempted to overcome it by managing my time and making the most of my setting. “Numbers and grades felt like it dictated my worth but now I realize it does not.”Although I still believe that numbers do not dictate my character or worth in the grand scheme of things, I think it’s still important to try your best in anything you want to pursue. I really appreciated the fact that Professor Edelson was there with us, guiding and assisting the entire way, and always making time, which genuinely improved my first semester experience here.