Reflection 3

Something that I find very useful to find inspiration for writing is looking at other students’ blogs. Often, I won’t have an idea of where to start for a writing assignment, or I am feeling a little lost as far as how to structure it, or am discouraged, and I look through a few other students’ posts and figure out how to continue. I use other students’ blogs as motivation to do my own. I am subscribed to a few of them, and so receive emails when they post. When I see the email, I am reminded that I need to get the assignment done. I look over the post, realize that it’s not that difficult to tackle, and then do it. I am a procrastinator by nature, so this system is very helpful.

Writing the iSearch paper, I found that peer editing of the introduction was a great place to start. It helped me focus my paper and reminded me of my purpose and my audience. Reading other students’ papers also gave me a chance to see what worked and what didn’t in the paper. I think that I helped the students whose papers I edited with identifying their purpose and clarifying their main points. It also lowered my anxiety about the paper, because I realized that no one’s paper was perfect, and that it was a work in process.

I haven’t had a lot of opportunities to discuss my work face to face with a teacher before, so I really enjoyed the teacher conferences. I was feeling a little panicky about not being able to get an interview for my paper, but Professor Jankens was very reassuring. She said that things would work out fine if I did or did not get the interview, and she also gave me a few great ideas for ways to gather information, such as asking the interviewee if they had kept a blog or something similar during their time in Brazil. Although I did not get a chance to use that idea, I was really excited about it.

When I realized that I would have to change my topic a little bit, I was happy to have read a few articles during the library research day about why students decide to participate in study abroad. These inspired the direction my paper took. I am also happy to now know how to navigate the library’s website.

My part in English class is more that of an observer or listener. I find class discussions very useful and I often take what I learn through them to my work. For example, when we were editing Sharon’s iSearch paper as a class, I though a lot about what is necessary to keep in a paper and what is superfluous. However, unless we are broken into smaller groups, I don’t think I contribute a lot to the class. This is something that I’d like to change as the semester goes on. I think I need to develop more confidence in my ideas, which is slowly happening with all the feedback I get on my work in this course.

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2 Responses to Reflection 3

  1. I have envisioned the blogs as helpful, but not motivational, so this is really cool for me to read. I’m interested in seeing what comes from your small group work with Natasha and Naomi, and I am going to try to call on you more in class when we do workshops in the next couple of weeks 😉 Get ready!

  2. Reblogged this on Adrienne Jankens, Wayne State University and commented:
    Other students’ blogs as motivation, not just as models or inspiration! Cool! #networkedselfawareness

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