The Mid-Semester Assessment Post

Let’s reflect.

How am I doing in CT101? What grade do I believe I am maintaining? 

Given that I am on top of my assignments and have only missed one session, I can confidently say that I’m in good standing. Also, based on professor Seslow’s vibe, I’m sure if any one of his students was struggling or at risk, he would let us know before it is too late. At least, there is comfort in that, for anyone why might be worried.

What have I learned the most? What is my greatest learned asset in this class so far?

I have gotten a lot better at writing creatively without exactly wanting to or lacking the creativity to do so. Writers often go through writer’s block, I often do, but for some reason, it mostly happens when I’m in school. I don’t fully understand it but it is easier for me to write a paper than it is for me to write for fun when classes are happening.  It is something I haven’t been able to work around, however, I have learned that it does have something to do with my inability to separate my education from my every day life. That is, that my school work consumes me. CT101 forces me to seek inspo and to separate.

What skills have I developed , cultivated and displayed regularly in my posts?

I am awful at giving myself credit when it is due, but I cannot genuinely state that I have actually mastered any skills yet. Thus far, I have learned much, however, I don’t find myself “displaying” what I’ve learned, consistently throughout. My blogs have been a mix of what I already knew, and am learning, but not always.  So, let’s say we’re working on consistency and practice.

How do I assess my performance through self-reflection in this class?

My biggest college tool is my planner. By using my planner every day, many times a day, I ensure that I am on track. In order to keep up with my classes, I need to note what has happened, what will happen, and what’s demanded of me. Thus, I have to think back on the work I’ve done and need to do in order to pass. Especially if I ever need to miss a class, my planner helps me  know exactly what I can afford and not.

What do I know now that I did not know before taking this class?

For some reason I had not taken notice of the community built around the internet. I don’t know if it’s just me, but for most of my life I thought of the internet as this thing that had a lot of power on its own and manages itself. It humors me how long it has taken me to see and understand that the internet is a merely a tool, used and powered by the people.

Do I see my weekly blogging work expanding creatively? If so, please explain –  or am I stuck in a loop where my posts seem to look the same most of the time, how will I change that?

Definitely expanding creatively. As I said in a previous question, CT101 forces me to separate myself from the seriousness and strictness that surrounds me. Kind of like a break from the world. Thats how I see creative writing, as this space you create for yourself for the duration of your writing. The more you do it, the easier it becomes to carry a conversation with yourself. Then there comes a point where you start to enjoy this different kind of thinking you’re doing. You learn that it is self-serving and it becomes easier. At least I hope I’m doing as great as this sounds.

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