The Mid-Year Reflection
DAH DAH DUN
I've never let school interfeIt was a late Sunday night, everyone in my family called it a night but me. With an analysis due tomorrow I could not waste time. A literary analysis about the Odyssey, a good one too. Almost done I thought to myself. Time ticks by 1 minute, 5 minutes, 10 minutes each minute slower than the last. The dim computer screen serves as the only light in the darkness. 15 minutes to midnight, feeling sleep pull me down. Knowing this is due tomorrow at 8:30am on the dot, I was thinking I could do this tomorrow.
Should I finish it tomorrow ? No, I need to put in the hard work. I mean that’s what Fitz’s class is about, I thought to myself. Looking around, I thought to myself that a quality piece of literature needs time and dedication to be worth submitting. (Then again, I have been sitting here for 2 hours). Then it hit me; that is the definition of hard work. Not rushing anything, hard work plain and simple. Seeing now it was 5 minutes to midnight I started to work. After a battle with boredom, I finish. Seeing the completed rubric that was once empty feels rewarding and satisfying.
Looking back on Fitz’s rubrics, I now understand the value. Rather than view each assignment as a task, I am able to convert my insights into a story. Even though it takes time to fill in each and every rubric block it is fun to see the outcome. Rubrics, Fitz is the king of rubrics for almost every assignment he has a rubric or video for it. To be completely honest with everyone I could not survive his class without his rubrics because they give you an outline or guideline of what to work on.
Podcasts, I’ve never liked them. They were different from other assignments because all you have to do is talk. The first time I tried to do a podcast it took me an hour just to get a sound I was please with. Once I had finished I had no idea how to upload it, that took me a while to figure out, but overall I am glad I made a podcast. They were helpful and let me branch out to see writing in a different perspective.
Creating a blog. When I was creating a blog for Fitz’s class I was having trouble with what the blog should be about. I thought of some things that no one else would do because I wanted my blog to be one of a kind. Then I finally narrowed it down to one thing short stories. I like short stories because they carry so much meaning in so little. Starting out I was having a hard time maintaining my blog with recent posts and good stories but once I got into it I could stop reading and posting new stories.
Commenting on other people’s blogs was an odd experience because you get to see what other people thought of your posts. I think its a great thing to have and to build on with constructive criticism. But to every good there is a bad like people can be anonymous on the chat box so they can say unconstructive things luckily that has not happened yet (I mainly think it hasn’t happened because we are doing this at Fenn). Commenting is something everyone wants on their blog just like a competition to see who has the most views. I think a little competition is good because it pushes people up and over their normal performance. Overall I think commenting is great thing to have because it helps people to improve their work.
Reading and Listening to each other. This mostly happens when we read the Odyssey as class. I prefer not to read to the class but I have too. I know its a good experience to read out loud but I don’t like to speak in front of groups of people it is not “fun” for me. For me it is a love, hate sort of thing I don’t like to speak in front of the class but I also want to speak in front of the class. It slightly steps over my comfort zone but I like it that way. I think it is something Fenn should keep doing even if people don’t like it.
Using Technology, I try to keep up with technology but I can’t it’s just not my thing. My main problem the iPads they are tough to get use to. I can’t really type on the iPads very fast which is a time waster and everything I need to do is different on the iPads. Eventually I got the drift of things and was able to pull through with some ease. Technology is a gift whether or not we understand it so I believe Fenn should and probably will always have the latest technology.
Days of the week, I like Fitz’s class because everyday of the week is dedicated to one thing, making it very organized. Monday is grammar day, Tuesday is blog day, Wednesday is reading Odyssey day, and Thursday is finish whatever you're doing day. Being organized is important and I prefer to have it but in this case I am a hypocrite. Anyways knowing what's to come allows me to have something to look forward to besides the end of the day.
Writing is a skill I would like to improve on. I want to be able to write clearly and neatly so everyone can understand the meaning or mental picture I am trying to draw for them. Fitz’s class has helped me improve by repeatedly writing and typing. As a writer I hope to progress in skill, meaning and clarity. I hope I can keep on writing even after my Fenn career. Writing is a way I like to express myself in different ways. I will never stop writing thanks to Fenn (especially because of Fitz).