Midterm Reflection Letter
For this assignment, we were asked to choose from a list of questions you provided about this class and English and answer them. I chose questions 1,5,6,8, and 9. Believe it or not, I had completed the answers the first time, pushed submit and there was an error and when I went back my answers were gone so I had to remember what I wrote the first time and answer them again. The first question I answered was, "What have you learned in this class about college writing that differs from what you had thought or learned before?" I pointed out the main thing I think is different from high school which is that teachers baby you when you are in highschool. You are spoon-fed and the teachers normally tell you what to write about and how to write about it. In college, however; professor give you an assignment and it is up to you to figure out how you present it, what resources you will use to complete it, how long it needs to be, and when you will work on it. In the second question I answered the questions of "How are you doing with your project? Do you feel like you understand it or is it more jumbled? What have you learned through your research?" This is were I explained that I loved the topic of (Black Women White Men (BWWM) Couples) that I chose but it was hard finding secondary sources because this topic had not really been explored. It was something recently being talked about and I was entering the academic conversation. I also made the connection of how slavery, prejudice and discrimination had contributed to the fact that interracial couples get so much backlash and why black women were less likely to date outside of their race. My questions were targeted towards my English teacher and letting her know my progress.
This blog post probably showed my frustration the most! As I was working on my inquiry (BWWM interracial couples) project, because of how new my topic was it was hard for me to complete the assignments we were given. I loved my topic and it was a topic I was extremely interested in which made me want to find articles and scholarly pieces to support it. However; there were not many scholarly articles written about it. Just like the girls in my workshop group, my topic was more opinion-based. On this blog post, I asked my fellow classmates "How do you find credible information on a topic that is opinion based? What happens if there is not enough credible information?" I felt stuck and honestly, ready to change my topic because it was frustrating researching this topic for hours and finding nothing. I directed this post to the entire class in hopes of finding people who actually related to my issue and who could possibly offer me some suggestions. To my surprise, I received 4 comments from peers saying they understood how I felt and I was not alone but to keep working!
After reading Alcoholics Anonymous, a reading about the Program, people who are in it and how that shaped their identity we were asked to blog. I directed this blog comment to one of my really good English friends, Veronica. I met her last semester in English 1101 and we clicked ever since. After reading one of her blogs about her being addicted to pills, I was so shocked and would have never guessed knowing the person she was now. I had to comment after reading her heart felt post and wanted to let her know that this part of her life is nothing to be ashamed of. We often forget how easy it is to get addicted to something and studies show that we only need to do something 3 times to get addicted. My mommy always told me that "Some people can try something once, don't like it and never do it again but sometimes we are not so lucky." Many times than not, we often become dependent or addicted to something to forget the troubles/ pain we are going through instead of tackling that problem head on and resolving it. I just wanted to let her know that I appreciated her sharing her story with me (us) and I'm sure it helped someone going through an addiction. ♥