In my initial blog post I said that I wanted to explore more of my creative side and to improve my overall writing ability. I feel like throughout this semester I have accomplished these goals considering the fact that I have participated in several different activities and assignments that have pushed my creative and problem solving abilities. I have also written a substantial amount of works throughout this semester which eventually lead to an overall improvement in my writing ability. l have also learned that big failures can lead to great success. Even though I feel that I have made progress throughout this semester I also feel that there is still much room for improvement. There are several aspects of this class that improved my overall writing ability. Among these were my several projects throughout the course of the semester. The two main projects that I am focusing on for my final writing portfolio are: the consumer essay, and the invention mob reflection. Both of these pieces of work are reflection essays. I really enjoyed writing reflection essays because they allow me to not only accomplish the task at hand, but they also allow me to further explore the assignment and learn about the material that is being covered. Even though this class is not a part of my major and the only reason that I took this class was because it is a UCORE requirement, I was able to focus on the several assignments throughout the semester because of the relatively low difficulty of my other classes since I took similar classes in high school. I also had the drive to become a better writer through this class since writing is not one of my strong suits. The reflection essays allowed me to focus on the rhetorical triangle and what was rhetoric. This fact alone helped me create better work.
Through out the entire semester we had to create multiple blog posts and narrowing them down to my favorite and least favorite is difficult. Overall, I saw the blog posts as a way to keep my overall writing skills refined and ready to use. The blog posts were homework assignments that allowed me to take little bits of my creative side, and transform them into a piece of quality writing. I also liked the general format of the blog posts as our homework. After the initial road bumps the blogs turned into an efficient and easy way to submit homework assignments. I would have to say that my favorite blog post throughout all of them would have to be the blog post that was my consumer essay reflection. I already mentioned earlier why I like reflection essay assignments and this one is no different. I liked this post the best because -one- I thought it was one of my best homework assignments, and -two- because it was a reflection essay that I enjoyed writing. This reflection assignment allowed me to go over what I was assigned and look back at my writing and how I completed and approached the assignment. Throughout this reflection, and in combination with the original assignment, I was able to see how I act as a consumer, how the advertising industry acts towards consumers, and what I can do to change my consumer identity. The blog post that I would classify as my least favorite blog post would have to be the blog post about my second DIY homework. By this point in the year my mind was already pretty set on what I was going to do for my TED talk and my overall creativity was running dry. That being said it was also close to the end of the semester and close to a Chemistry exam, which plays a large part in my major, because of this I was less focused on the blog post assignment. The lack of creativity, focus, and effort is what led to the poorly written and least favorite blog post. I can describe the difference between my favorite blog post and my least favorite blog post in one word, enthusiasm. There was a great amount of enthusiasm present with my favorite blog and virtually none with my least favorite. If there is no enthusiasm present at all in any work that a person does, no matter the subject there will not be a quality end product. I believe this is simply because no effort was given.
It is very hard to define a person’s writing style and even harder to define your own. I would define myself as a very mechanical and technical person. Because of this I would say that in the whole scheme of writing I would be more of technical writer. I try to make my essays more organized and tend to focus more on the structural aspect. This is also the reason why I had trouble when I was working with assignments that had open restrictions. I perform better with a defined rubric and guide lines when I am given a problem that needs to be solved with a certain set of constraints. As far as being an inventor I don’t really define myself as an inventor because I still have trouble creating and inventing completely new and innovative ideas. I feel, in a way, I could be a type of inventor because I excel in the area of problem solving where I can invent a solution to a problem. I still don’t think I am much of a creator because my creative side is still fairly miniscule. Throughout this semester my creative side has grown a fair amount. Through assignments such as the invention mob and the TED talk I was forced to use my creative side and come up with innovative and new ideas and projects. The invention mob, for example, forced me and my group to create a project where we needed a collaborative effort from the people around us and the participants had to show us their creative side. We were able to accomplish this through a collaborative dance video in which people showed off there moves to the camera and we recorded them and put the video together by overlapping songs on top of their moves.The invention mob video turned out to be an overall success.
Through out the course of this class I have been able to tap into and increase my creative mind set. This English 101 class was a very untraditional class and through this I was able to grow and improve my self and my writing during this semester on my own terms and in my own way.