Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Next year I plan on getting my instrument rating as a pilot. I also want to work part time at charter fitness. I would also like to work at Camp Long Horn again in the summer. Hopefully my grades will be just as good as they were my freshman year of college.
My family is awesome. I have an older sister named Margo, two older brothers named Mike and Sam, and a younger sister named Maeve. We're all over the place. Margo lives in Nebraska, Sam lives in downtown Chicago, Mike lives in New York, and Maeve and I live in Evergreen Park.
This paper was one of the biggest challenges I have ever had as a student. From an annotated bibliography, to eight pages, and ending with a presentation, this project had it all. I knew my stance on lowering the drinking age in the U.S. wasn't going to change even before doing all of my research. However, it was discouraging to see that there were more people who were against lowering the drinking than those who were for it. These paper pulled out all of the creativity in me to convince my audience that lowering the drinking age in the U.S. would be beneficial to the country. I not only had to refer to my sources, but to some of my personal experiences as well. Overall, the work that I put into this project not only showed my the benefits and defects of the national drinking, but it made me more passionate about the movement to better the quality of life for young adults in the U.S.
My experience in College Writing II this semester managed to pick at all of my weak spots as a writer. I had never written more than seven pages for a paper before, and I have never used a number of resources that were in the double digits. The challenge of researching, analyzing, synthesizing, and presenting a topic I cared deeply about seemed daunting. However, I took the challenge on day by day and realized that writing is a never ending process. Everyday I found something new that could've been added or changed to my work. Even after I turned in my final draft, I knew that there could still be some changes made to the paper. This semester help me realize that as a writer, my work is never done. I can only continue to grow as a writer, and this semester showed me that I can face the challenges ahead of me when it comes to truly understanding how to present an argument, synthesis, and idea.
The actual physical set up of my College Writing II class was different than from any class I've ever had. We students sat in groups of three, and we were all facing one another. There were multiple smart boards for presentations and the computers were able to move freely. This setup was designed so that I could work together with my class mates. Sitting in pods of three gave us the ability to do book work together and peer review each others writing projects, which happened consistently throughout the school year.