I cannot believe that classes are already over. It feels like just yesterday when we just walked into our classroom in the third floor of Humanities (one that I feel we rarely went to in retrospect). I remember sitting down not really knowing what else to expect aside from drafting a personal statement. I listened in a bit apprehensive learning about the blog requirements, short essays, a new e-portfolio, and the digital story. Just to walk into the next week of class to a completely different class. Although uneasy at first, I decided to stick with my idea of taking this class and pushed through. Something I cannot be more grateful for. The Personal Essay did not stray far from my original expectations I had going in. I was interested in initially taking the course to try and get more professional feedback on a personal statement I had drafted last year and due to a recommendation from a old professor who I took WRT 302 with in the fall. But, I got so much more out of it instead.
The class taught me to push myself into places that I am a lot less comfortable with. To write about topics I have really never put too much thought into. This was especially the case in terms of our first short essay which had to do with the truth versus lying. I never put much thought into how my mother and a lot of teachers that taught me while I was younger used lies to try and teach a lesson easier. I never truly thought about how my ideas of education. I never truly thought I could write to the extent that I did about many different ideas this course has touched on. Even the style of repetition I was using in my writing just now is indicative of a style I had picked up for one of my longer writing assignments in the course. One essay that I frankly had such a fun time writing.
While writing for the class, I enjoyed how the blog posts went from very formal posts to looser ones in terms of their structure. The posts became relatable as classmates can rant about stress about an assignment or school in general. It ultimately became work that you did not mind doing at all. Rather than focusing on how intelligent ideas are coming across, we focused more on the depth of our ideas and relating our own ideas to one another in our comments. By being able to read someone else’s blog post I was always able to take at least one or two about the assignments being posted or the readings.
At the moment, I am currently working on my E-portfolio for the class before the major bulk of studying and distractions towards other finals hinders my progress for whatever is left of this class. I feel I want to give it an honest effort and in order to do that I am working this weekend to try to complete the majority of the work necessary for it. I really enjoyed making my portfolio freshmen year for WRT 102 and kept some of it updated with the times as the years passed. While re-reading some of my essays, it stuck out how much I transitioned between nervous in my writing to more confident. To see how my style changed was a tad bit difficult to see as each week I tried to find some inspiration and emulate my writing style based on the texts that were assigned for our reading assignments. All in all though from this class it was apparent how flexible I became and less rubric-oriented I was.
I guess the last thing I can start to wrap up this pretty long post with is my digital story. About a week ago at this time I was still panicking about the script for my digital story. Dramatically comparing it to a losing battle of a tug-of war. To extend on it I basically just had a very rough sketch in terms of what I wanted to do. I had the idea of my dog and my father, but really had no idea how I can link the two. I did not even notice until after I had the finished product, how well the audio in my film helped transition the two ideas I had. This helped me approach the project a lot more calmly After many hours since then, now I can confidently say I enjoy watching it as emotional as it can make me as I relive some of the dark periods of my life in the past year or so. Another example of how this class has made me go far beyond (HA) my own comfort zones. I would have never made a video reflecting on that period of my life if it was not for this class. I am honestly still surprised I shared it.
Honestly these feelings of nostalgia at the very end can extend even further to the first time I walked onto campus my freshmen year as I am graduating this semester. Once again I have surprised myself, I managed to make it all the way once again even when I did not think I would. This class and WRT 302 in my Fall semester really made me wish I had pursued more writing classes in college as I feel they offer such a unique perspective to the sit down and memorize or do this style of a majority of the courses I have taken in my time at Stony Brook.
So yeah, that is that. My last blog post for the class. Cannot really explain how weird it feels for it to all be over. I still am coming up with so many ideas that I want to write about, but I guess I will show those off in my e-portfolio :P. I want to wish everyone good luck with finals and the rest of their projects going on. I also want to give a very big thank you to everyone being supportive whether it be in the digital story comments, blog post comments, or peer revisions, all of your ideas have helped me become a more confident writer and student. For all of those I have met, I am looking forward to seeing or hearing of your future successes and good luck with everything else in the future :). Okay! Now I promise I am done writing. Thank you for everything everyone !!