I think I’ve grown in many ways because of this class. As a writer, I think I’m less lazy, as awful as that sounds. I used to just put down what I needed to on paper to get the job done, and if it did, the feedback was always something like “nice work,” “good job addressing the prompt.” In this class, I have never received a single piece of feedback that was vague or only a few words. Steph always talks about something you did well that actually matters and is specific to you. She always has a suggestion on how to improve, and it always shows that she actually read through your work and found something you can use for any future assignment. I’ve changed my mindset when it comes to writing papers, and I’m trying to be more intentional and get something out of the experience besides the grade.
One thing I’m going to take away from this course is the importance of how you carry yourself as a speaker. I always assumed that my words would be enough to get the job done, but from watching classmates present, to watching videos of public figures talking, to having to get up myself and present, I’ve realized that every little detail counts. It’s not so much what you say as it is how you say it. If you can get someone to trust you and believe in you, they’ll be more open to listening to what you have to say. For example, because everyone is the same age in our class, they respond better when you talk to them as a peer and make the presentation interesting. Humor and relatable topics grab people’s attention and usually get a better response.
Of all my classes, this was BY FAR the best online transition. I still felt a connection and a sense of community and wanted to participate in every class. I enjoyed coming to class every week and I felt that we simulated the regular classroom experience really well. I was nervous about presenting my LDA online, but besides some technical difficulties I think it went well. I liked checking in with everyone every week, and I felt no stress at all with coming to class or getting work done. I learned that you only get out what you’re willing to put in. Most of my classes made me feel cut off and alone, but I always felt supported and a part of a group in this class, and I’m really thankful for that. On a more serious note, I think this taught us some very valuable skills for dealing with technology and how to conduct yourself and thrive in this kind of setting.
I just want to say thanks to everyone for a great semester! 😊