Reflection Point #4
This semester has passed rather quickly when I think back to all the writing processes that I have encountered. This class has challenged me but has been very rewarding. Prior to this class, it had been several years since I had actually been exposed to an actual writing class. Many things have changed since my last English composition class. I have been introduced to many new forms of writing and composing. I must say that after I adjusted to the new alleyways, I have found it very rewarding and on many levels simplified. I have been a student at University of Cincinnati for almost two years and I was familiar with how Blackboard worked but it seems that each class is structured differently. I have learned multiple ways of submitting papers and assignments.
I was challenged when it came to writing a blog and using WordPress. The idea that so many others could view my thoughts terrified me. I related it to public speaking even though the people were not right in front of me. I was forced to analyze and think about what I was writing and how I was expressing my thoughts to others. Many times I would over analyze things and panic when I really didn’t need to. After all, it is my blog. In my opinion, the online tools we used had their advantages and disadvantages. Being from the south, I use a lot of southern dialect in my writing and sometimes this isn’t always understood by everyone. I felt that I had to make my writings easy to understand for others not from my area. It was rewarding to see comments on my writings. I struggled and I am still struggling with the setup process of this. I want viewers to be able to follow my thoughts and I want the layout appealing to others and easy to follow. I found myself changing the theme several times.
It’s hard to say what my favorite environment was but I feel that the Foodie Journal was the easiest for me to write. I had not written or kept a journal in years and this made me analyze and think about food and how it affects my daily life. It was a personal journey for me. I enjoyed learning new ways of producing food and my favorite was learning about Joel Salatin and Polyface Farm. The hardest skills to me were learning about genres and infographics.
The group project taught me a lot. I learned that you have to be prepared for others not to fulfill their obligations and I learned how to manage my time more effectively. We had deadlines and I knew others were depending on me to do my part. Although the good thing was that I had others to turn to and ask questions when I wasn’t sure about how to do something. I had never designed a website and I had no idea where to start. There would have been no way that I could have done this project alone. My group worked well together and although we never met face to face, we corresponded by emails, texts, and phone calls. We made every decision as a team and I believe the outcome was very good. Could we have done things differently or made it better? Sure, hindsight is always 20/20. There is always room for improvement and nothing is ever perfect.
The ePortfolio has also been a struggle for me. The writings have come somewhat easy but the setup is what I have struggled with. I was not accustomed to planning a layout before writing or writing for different viewers. In the past, all of my writings have either been for my own satisfaction or an instructor. I had never thought about a true audience. This has made me think in much more detail and critique myself much more. I want others to see and feel what I see and feel. This has not always been an easy task. The journey has been stressful, yet rewarding.
I believe this class has helped me become a more powerful and better writer. I have adapted to the new era of writing. I have learned that writing is a powerful tool and one that should not be taken lightly. Producing quality writing that is on the web for the whole world to see has been a scary, yet rewarding process. I am thankful for all of the assistance and guidance that I have received. I still have a long way to go before I would consider myself an effective writer but this class has made a significant impact on my improvement. The work we have done in the multiple environments has taught me patience and perseverance. I feel that I have grown as a person and a writer through this journey.
Thanks to all that helped along this journey,
Honey G. Stivers
Funny thing about time…. when we are having fun it seems to fly and when we are not it seems to drag on and on forever. There have been times this semester that it has honestly flown by and others that have taken an eternity. I’ve not taken a writing course in several years and I must say that I have never had a class quite like this. It has been unique. I’ve learned a lot about college writing in this class but not in the same way that I thought I would. I’ve learned things about food and agriculture that I never would have had I not taken this class. I learned to blog! My page isn’t quite as good as I hope for it to be but maybe it will get better. I had group work and projects. It’s been somewhat of a roller coaster. I struggled and got down and out several times. However Dr. A is a phenomenal teacher and an understanding, patient person. She also was available and made my anxiety issues much more tolerable. She is sneaky though, she made us learn and have fun at the same time. The weeks have been consumed with this and that due and deadlines.
The time recently changed and with the holidays fast approaching, it seems that I don’t have time for a breath. I work 40+ hours a week, take 3 classes online, have a husband and a 13 yr old daughter. Each of my days is planned out throughout the week around school and work. I’m looking forward to Christmas break and I feel that I need a mental break also.
Holding my chin above water,
Wow I can’t believe that the time has went by so quickly this semester. I remember seeing those dreaded words, “Group Project”, on our basic introduction to the English class. I can’t begin to tell the emotions of feelings I had from the start. How in the world do I work with people I won’t see? How will this project get done? I have no idea what I’m doing in this class. These were just a few thoughts from the first day.
After the initial shock and fear wore off, I began realize this was not a choice. It was required and I must make the best of it. I was the first to join a group and I chose a website design of a restaurant. I chose this because it seemed somewhat crafty and fun and creative. Three others quickly joined the group and we began swapping emails, telephone numbers, skype accounts and such. Most of the group (3/4) seemed eager to get to work and began tossing around ideas. No one in our group had ever done anything like this before. We set up a list of ideas and let the others choose. Silence was taken as acceptance. I came up with the theme of the restaurant, Bradley came up with the name and Britnee came up with the infographics and was great at adding pictures to the menu. Brandon assigned everyone a task and also made himself available and accountable. We encountered standard problems throughout the course but as a team we overcame them. We made mistakes and we learned from them. It wasn’t easy, at least not from my viewpoint. I encountered time restraints, internet issues, and computer problems. I realized early on that I would not have been able to do this task alone. Teamwork was a valuable tool.
In hindsight, I wish I would have had several more hours to devote to the site. I believe that it is a functional site and looks very appealing. However, I am a procrastinator and end up feeling rushed when time constraints get close. I enjoyed the new experience of creating a site and building the menu, but I have no plans to go out and start a restaurant. I like working behind the scenes and not having to deal with the public very often.
Public relations and management are two areas that I feel weak and somewhat incompetent in. You wouldn’t know it by meeting me but public speaking makes me a nervous wreck. I hope that our site reflects the work we as a team put in it. It was a definite learning experience but in the process I made new friends and realized more can get done when a team is organized. The responsibilities were equally distributed and all members were willing to help each other. I hope that our site is enjoyable to others. Please go check it out! It’s Megalodon’s Bar & Grill – http://bdyeazel.wix.com/group-project
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First off, let me say that I am 38 years old. I grew up in the era of typing class. I actually went to the library and did my research for my research paper with the help of a card catalog filled with small index-like cards. I’ve discovered that while there are things that I love about the new modern technology and how we can write and record anything from almost anywhere there is a part of me that misses the personal touch of hand writing.
The pen and paper method usually started with a spiral bound notebook and ended several scribbles or pages later. This might get done hurriedly or it may be days later. There was a lot of time that went into completing a writing assignment. It also had to be legible and this proved a huge problem for some. Most of the papers that I was responsible for in school had to written in blue or black ink and the paper had to be wide-ruled. White out was not, if a mistake was made then you drew one line through it and continued on. I often was known to rewrite my papers just because they weren’t “perfect”.
I’ve since learned that PERFECTION is way over-rated. I do still worry and get over-whelmed but digital writing has made all of our lives easier. We can go almost anywhere and send a text message or write a letter just by pulling our phones out. I think that this is a great advancement but at the same time I think that all this new digital and technological information has hurt us as a nation. I catch myself having to “THINK” about simple things. My thought process is more detailed and longer than conventional methods.The actual writing turns out smoother and looks a lot neater than my handwriting. I’ve found that in some cases (NOT IN THIS ENGLISH CLASS) the instructors, do not get in touch with you in a timely manner.
It depends on what I’m doing or how I am feeling but I actually like both methods. I’ve been known to write poetry on a napkin. I have even called my own personal phone and left myself a message when a good song or poetry idea popped into my head. I think that both methods actually complement each other.
Hope you enjoyed reading my post,
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I have never thought of myself as a business entreprenauer, much less owner and designer of the newest seafood bar & restaurant. I am much more of a behind the scenes person. I enjoy talking to people and I am considered very social, however when it comes to performing a task, I am a loner. When I first found out that this assignment was a group project, i was terrified. I have been “burned” in the past when i depended on someone else to do a task. I also do not make a good order giver when it comes to assignments. I can give orders at home all day long but do not like being boss. Since researching what is expected however, I realize that without the help of the others there is no way, I can do it alone. I have a heavy class load this semester, I work full-time, and I have a family including a 12 year daughter. My life is crazy.
My group includes Bradley Y, Britnee C, and Brandon C. Bradley has kept in constant communication with the rest of us and this helps tremendously. He has given each of us task that are all separated fairly. The ideas have all been shared and everyone’s opinion has been asked. qI exchanged the idea of a seafood or beach side restaurant. I recently visited the Florida coast and ate at McGuires, AJ’s, and Dewey Destins. The atmosphere was fun, the food was fabulous, and the prices were all affordable. The places all seem to serve as a temporary escape from reality, where there is never enough time to do everything. The employees were all cheerful and helpful, setting aside their own life problems while they earned money.
My responsibility of the project is to come up with ways for our restaurant to control waste and this in turn saves money. I also am responsible for creating the menu. I am anxious about this endeavor and find it fun but at the same time nerve-racking. I want to create good quality food and also provide good quantity without being wasteful. I believe with everyone’s effort our restaurant will thrive and be very successful. We hope to provide an escape for people to have a healthy, fun, and affordable place to eat. We also want to contribute to the community and incorporate innovative and cost efficient ways to acquire our own food for our restaurant.
Writing in college differs greatly from writing in high school. The standards are much higher as well as the expectations. This in turn leads to changing the habits or personal characteristics of oneself. Upon entering college, one should be mature enough to understand what is expected and what should be done. Reading and writing skills need to above average to be very successful in college writing. Writers need to have the ability to adapt and change their tone depending on what is expected. The writing cannot be spur of the moment or hastily done. Planning and preparation should be done in advance of all due dates. Writers should understand their audience and have a goal in their writing.
Writers should exhibit and explore moods. Readers enjoy being a part of something and when a writer opens up or expresses the situation, the more interest is sparked.
Get to the point:
No matter what the topic is that is being assigned or addressed, the writer needs to be able to construe their point. The writer needs to state the most important thing he/she wants to say. (Ex. I want to explain/ prove/show/argue/tell whatever the point).
In order for one to gain respect, one must also give respect. Writers should be respectful of a series of things including but not limited to: deadlines, correct grammar/spelling, others criticism, others opinions or beliefs.
College writers should not be afraid to explore. There is a vast world waiting to be found by those brave enough to try.