I recently turned 20 and came to terms with that fact that I am becoming an adult. I now have stronger thirst for knowledge! For this course, I’ve been really trying to incorporate what I am learning into my life. After telling my boyfriend what I had learned in class that day, we began discussions ranging from making a good outlines to making sentences flow. Hearing his opinion made me remember these key elements. I found that it was easier to write because my understanding had more depth to it. I also have been trying to improve the way I speak because I find that I lose track of my thoughts constantly. I talk like a kid still. I have learned to speak with more purpose to keep my sentences short and to the point. Through inquiry and thinking, I have set for myself to become a better communicator.
For project #2, I figured out my best strategy for learning. For me, if I concentrate on the whole of an assignment to get me started, I seem to create better ideas at the beginning. For the Hungry Planet project, I started out with a basic outline of my ideas and thought about my various opinions on this piece. If I reminded myself of the needs that I the assignment asked for (for example, in Project 2, I edited my first draft by going through and focusing my essay to a clearer message), I would correct most irrelavancy that I may have added in the first round. Continuing on, if I go over what I truly know and edit to the best my ability and current learning status, I seem to be able to do well on assignments. For this last Project, I know that I learned how to connect my sentences more efficiently and make my essay sound more interesting, and so I edited my work to show more evidence of this.
The process I created to think is what emotionally appealed to me the most; I love organization, and so I know this would help me write better. It was a little difficult for me, however, to categorize the importance of all my ideas. At the beginning, they all seemed very important. I learned to analyze my own statements, and think about ways I could connect my ideas in a hierarchical sense. I did this by figuring out connecting thoughts between my paragraphs, and leading strategically from one idea to the next. Sometimes, I would lead to a new idea, but I wouldn't explain how I came to the new idea. Analyzing my own brain process was helpful in realizing why I connected these ideas together in the first place. This class has shown me that every person can write well if they know why their making mistakes. Informing myself of the flaws in my writing helped me realize not only why these errors were incorrect, but also the reason why I was telling myself that they were right. My sister told me recently when editing my last project that my writing has the ideas and the emotion, it just lacks the communication. If I work on communication, my writing works.