Reflections of the group project

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
Thanks for reading and please let feedback.
Honey S

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Digital writing vs Analog writing

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,
Honey Stivers

My Discourse Community- Limu Nation

I was introduced to Limu in April, when some friends called me up and told me about an opportunity. The opportunity was to change my life and the lives of my family and friends. A week after joining I attended a Limu training in Florence, Alabama. There I met some of the top leaders in the company. They were very welcoming to everyone. Limu is a 9 year old debt free company. They promote better health and a better way of life.
The Limu community radiates positivity and everyone and anyone is welcome. Do you have a desire to be more? Would you like to change your life? Limu has changed the lives of hairdressers, drummers, car salesmen, bus drivers, coaches, and stay-at-home moms, just to name a few. You can join, get 3 people to join your business and get your full investment back. It’s all about sharing the experience. It’s not a stuffy office meeting or selling things from your car. The only real rules is to always help others even if it doesn’t directly help you or your team and share your limu experience with as many people as possible.
The first thing that any of the leaders tell you is to first start with yourself. If your not happy and upbeat, then how do you expect others to be. Optimism is critical within the community, and they are wonderful and inspirational in promoting this. A good attitude starts from the inside. Positive energy is contagious but has to be a constant in your life. My whole personal outlook has improved since joining. I’ve improved mentally and physically. I no longer have migraines since starting on Limu original and Blu-Frog energy drink. I’ve lost 20lbs and my joint pain has diminished. I also get paid 5 times a month just for sharing the experience with others. How would you like to drive a free BMW? Gary Raser, the founding CEO of LIMU, does not have to have the money. He could go retire and play golf everyday but instead he has a desire to help others turn their lives around. He also loves rewarding others for a job well done such as iPads, trips, and money.
Limu nation doesn’t care how you dress or what color your hair is.None of us care about your educational or financial background. We have hair dressers, professional drummers, recording artists, bus drivers, coaches, plumbers, farmers, horse trainers, and stay at home moms in the business. It is growing by leaps and bounds. The one requirement that is necessary, it to be WILLING to WORK There are people that are promoters from all ages, races, genders, and all walks of life. I encourage EVERYONE to visit my website wwww.honeystivers.iamlimu.com and http://www.mylimuexperience.com. It has changed my life, my families lives, and I feel that is my duty to help others. Everyone deserves to be happy and feel better- you owe it to yourself to BE MORE!

If anyone needs more information on Limu please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me.

Fictional restaurant-What’s our purpose? What do I bring to this project? What’s our goals?

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.

 

 

What habits of mind or personal characteristics are essential for college writers?

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.

Personality:
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).

Respect:
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.

Writing-how much time daily is spent doing this?

A day in the life of Honey:

6:30 am- I awake to the sound of Luke Bryan singing on my phone alarm.  I journey to the kitchen for a drink either coffee or coke.  I am on Facebook, Instagram, or checking emails minutes later before the daily chaos starts. By this time, my 12 year old daughter is up usually blaring music from her bathroom as she gets ready for school.

7:00am – I am signing papers, permission slips, or writing notes for my daughter to take to school.

7:20am- I drive my daughter to school and music is an important staple.  We usually talk about  a new song or new artist that one of us has heard.  Sometimes she is showing me a new Vine video.

7:45am – I am back home and usually by now I am on the computer either on UC blackboard, Pinterest, Facebook, or posting/viewing posts on Ebay, Poshmark, or some local selling website. This continues for about 2-3 hours.

Around 11:30-1:00 – I am fixing something for lunch/supper,doing laundry  and getting ready for work. I write my daughter a text list of things she needs to do when she arrives home. She despises the chore list but things tend to get done that way.

1:00-2:15- I am back on the computer, checking/responding to  emails, and  working on assignments.

2:45 – I arrive at work.  I am a Medical Lab Technician and work at a level 3 trauma center.  I perform tests, QC, and send test results on all patients that have lab orders.  I have to call critical values and document the call.  We often have to fax results and fill out tons of paperwork on our reference lab orders. I work in the Chemistry and Blood Bank departments. My shift ends at 11:00pm.

11:30- I arrive back home and I usually check and post to Facebook once again and then  the school workload continues usually til 1:00am or later. Then at 6:30am it repeats all over again.

Right now, my life is CRAZY!  I  don’t know if it’s that I am not a good organizer or what, but lately there doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day.  I hope that it will slow down when I am finished with school.  I would like to get back to some normalcy and routine sleep.  My family is helpful and we all manage well in this techno world with our laptops, tablets, computers, and smart phones.  I didn’t realize how much time each day is spent on “our gadgets”. I have grown more and more dependent on all levels of social media due to school, work, and keeping connected with the rest of the world. The amount of writing, if all these social medias are included, are a part of most of my day.

Thanks,

Honey Stivers

Collaborative Writing : A fictional restaurant website

I am taking an English course at the University of Cincinnati. I have to say that it is nothing like I expected it to be.  So far, I have enjoyed the class but this assignment, creating a fictional restaurant  website,  is way out of my comfort zone and honestly, it terrifies me.  I visited several sites about collaborative writing in online classes.  Each site had helpful information, but my uneasiness about the situation still remains.

In the real world, I work well with others and  I tend to be very easy to get along with.  I do tend to be one of those people that has a problem asking for help. I am not good at explaining things, but I can show you how to do it.   I have very little patience and I am somewhat of a control freak. I also procrastinate and have a crazy, busy schedule with work, family, and school.  I think that the group project in theory is a good idea, however, I’m just not real sure about how well the end results will be.  I fear that some will not contribute in a timely or efficient manner or that some will only perform their duties to a minimum. I don’t like depending on others to do a job.  I have never had to do any online group work and really don’t know what to expect but can only hope for the best outcome.

I am older than most in my class and I have my reservations about the technological side of our assignment.  I believe that it would be beneficial for our group to schedule live chat sessions at multiple times.  We also need to exchange numbers and emails so that spur of the moment questions can be answered or problems be averted.  Each person needs a checklist and needs to communicate openly with the rest of the group.  I also think that final drafts should be agreed upon by all members of the group before being submitted. There are multiple ways to make our tasks easier and I have listed some very helpful websites below.  My favorite site was http://www..facultyfocus.com/articles/online-education/how-to-design-effective-online-group-work-activities/ because it explained how to be successful at group work and also listed several collaboration tools.  I also found a YouTube video that discussed the problems with implementing online group work and also offered alternatives.  I had hoped their would be more positive feedback out there to help calm my fears for this assignment but it seems that the majority of the public also have the same fears and issues.

Thanks,

Honey Stivers

Helpful & Insightful links:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPsioH_ISyM

http://writingcenter.unc.edu/handouts.writing-groups/writing-group-starter-kit/.

http://www.wpi.edu/Academics/ATC/Collaboratory/Teaching/groupwork.html

http://www.ehow.com/how_5868411_work-groups-online-study.html

http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/online-education/how-to-design-effective-online-group-work-activities/

http://www.distance-education.org/Articles/Collaborating-Online–How-to-Get-the-Most-From-Group-Work–170.html