Thursday, April 28, 2016
I'm very stressed as the semester is coming to an end. I'm stuck between being excited for summer and being stressed about tests, papers and finals. I also have the added stress of moving out of my dorm. I don't live very far away, but it is still stressful to pack up my whole life here and incorporate it into my whole life at home. More than anything, I'm going to miss my friends here. I have grown so close with them, because we all live together. We don't live too far apart, the farthest from me is about two and a half hours, but it's going to be hard to see each other as much as we want. We have dinner together every night here and I'm probably only going to see them a few times over the next few months. I'm going to be working 3 days a week over the summer, plus vacations with my family and seeing my friends from high school. Hopefully, this summer is relaxing and productive.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
I spent most of my day today working on the research presentation power point and while I understand the concept behind the presentation, I don't think that my classmates are very interested in seeing my research. As rude as it may sound, I know that I'm not interested in seeing theirs, so I don't know why they'd be interested in seeing mine. The project was fairly easy, because the template was straight-forward and easy to follow.
I finished the research paper a few days ago and I can honestly say that I am very proud of it. I think that I did good research that set me up for a good paper and although I didn't enjoy doing the annotated bibliography, it did somewhat assist in my writing of this paper. I feel really good about the final result and am proud of how far I've come as a writer this semester.
Thursday, April 14, 2016
I've gotten about 6 pages of my research paper done and I feel a lot better about it. It took me most of the day yesterday to get that far, but I was really spending a lot of time picking each individual word and making the paper important and well-written. I really like where I'm at with it and I think that when I get the peer review back, I'll be able to lengthen it and put more synthesis in between sources to make it flow better. I'm surprised by how well I feel the paper is going, but I'm still afraid that I'll hit a wall with it and exhaust the subject before I finish.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
I love basketball, I love the fluidity of the game, the way it looks when played right. I love the friendship among the players and I love watching how hard they push to reach the goal they're all striving for. I want to share my love for it, to tell other people why they should love it as much as I do. I want to tell people how their favorite team can improve or provide them with a new favorite to cheer for. I want to show people how complicated, but simple it is and I want to find new ways to enjoy it. Tomorrow, I will continue my love for the game and combine it with what I want to do. I will write my own summaries of games instead of reading other peoples, I will write down my thoughts of possible off-season improvement and championship predictions, even if I don't share them with anybody. Long term, I will put my work out there and pray that I receive positive feedback from it. I can start with creating a blog for it and then continue to use it before reaching out to teams after I graduate.
I feel really stressed about this paper. I have all the research and the annotated bibliography done, but I'm anxious about the sheer amount of words and information I have to write on this topic. I like the topic and I think there is a lot to say about it, but there is so much to do that I am becoming overwhelmed with it. This is just a bad time to have such a large assignment due. All the teachers are planning papers and tests and finals are in a few weeks. I am going to have to plan out times to do every individual assignment.
Thursday, April 7, 2016
My least favorite part of writing papers is citations. I can do the research and write my thoughts down and connect them in a logical way, but citing things is the worst part. There are so many different formats and rules, it is very confusing. Wouldn't it be easier just to write the article/book title in the text and then put the title and link (if applicable) in the works cited? It would be much more time friendly and would make a lot more sense. I also don't understand why we put all this work into the works cited when most teachers don't even check the sources. Citing sources is just a big headache that most people won't use once they are out of school.
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
I uploaded my second writing project not too long ago and I felt pretty good about it. It sounded a little bit like an infomercial at certain point, but it was the best I could do without getting persuasive. I almost wished that I had saved the zoo topic for the persuasive paper and used the vaccine-autism crisis for the informational paper. The second project definitely wasn't the best thing I've ever written, but it's acceptable especially because I was playing catch-up in all of my classes while I was writing it. I'm curious to see the grade on it and am hopeful that it isn't too bad.
I just finished the bibliography for the third writing project. I feel pretty good about the sources I chose. I think they're reliable and relevant. I'm actually somewhat excited about writing this paper, the topic is recent and important for parents and maybe even lawmakers to know about and I hope that I can do a good job presenting the argument and information. I'm a little bit nervous because I know that it's going to be a lot of work and a lot of words in general.