The creation of my Wikipedia account happened at home. Due to the IP address being blocked at Baruch, it was impossible to create an account on campus. It was very interesting to see that anyone can access and edit something just by creating an account.
I completed the “Wikipedia Adventure” game which was confusing at first but after a while I was able to figure it out. I was a bit confused as to why I had to complete the game but I still did it. I searched for some videos on Youtube to find videos explaining how to edit articles.
I found my woman in red. I chose Ieshia Evans who was a Black Lives Matter activist back in 2016. I only found a couple of website articles that mentioned her name and the rest were just some photos she was in. I remember hearing about her back in 2020 when the Black Lives Matter movement was heightened.
I did some research comparing how women are written on Wikipedia vs how men are written on Wikipedia. The first thing I noticed was the difference in the photos they used. Male celebrity photos like Harry Styles are of them performing, and being active in their passion. Female celebrity photos like Cardi B do not seem professional at all and are seemingly screenshots from videos, not showing their passions at all.
I wrote a brief biography about Ieshia Evans. It was really interesting researching her life and what she did outside of being an activist for the Black Lives Matter movement. However, I was a bit confused about how to post the biography on Wikipedia. I also was on the website to look up examples of when women were being affected by the patriarchy.
I started to work on my argumentative essay. I’m really excited to add my thoughts and opinions on the feminist theory and talk about my woman in red.
I was still continuing to finish my paper. I also was in the process of trying to upload my Wikipedia article. I never realized how interesting it is to write an argumentative essay!
My body of work from this semester definitely was an interesting bunch. One assignment i’d say stands out to me though, is the work we did for Wikipedia, it stands out because of the fact that it was actually something that was very strenuous at times and the site itself often gave me a headache from just looking at its complexity but i got adjusted somewhat and got things i needed to get done in regards to the site. I have definitely made a few realizations of myself as a writer and a big one is that I just don’t think i’m as much of one as i thought i would be or already was, i guess there was this invisible line i had to reach in the beginning of college to feel more like one but if i don’t feel comfortable in my writing now, will i ever? This class has definitely helped me in other subjects just from the insight alone, such as my political science class, every exam we must write an essay in the end and this class, for me personally, helped me with that area of expertise and the articulation and formulation and ways to site, etc, it has helped a lot with other subjects in general.
A piece of writing from Blogs@Baruch i’m proud of is the Ten Point Program. Even though it was a group sort of thing, i really like it because of the fact that for this project there were so many different ideas and proposals and it ranged from small to drastic changes and i found that enjoyable because it showed that even though a lot of people don’t usually speak a lot in the class, they have activist intention or at least showed that they can be for the people.
One piece of work that was particularly challenging for me was project 2, but the essay portion, i say it was challenging in the way of me just being able to allocate enough information to cover everything in the rubric while at the same time maintaining a well rounded thesis argument followed by coherent facts throughout the paper. I definitely gained some insane research ability from this though because that was one of the times i had to go up and down left and right under and over side to side for information on just ONE person, so i thank this piece of work for that because it for sure will be useful in the very near future.
For this project, I am using my essay from our Women in Red essay with a focus on Brenda L. Strong Frazier and am making a visual presentation of the topic. Covering gender bias, abortion rights, gender equality, laws and more.
This semester was a difficult one. I constantly felt like I was suffocating, lacked the motivation to go to any of my classes and that is nobody’s fault but my own. The assignments for this class were interested, topics I found extremely important. I could have put way more effort into my assignments, but I scrambled to get everything done before this final deadline. I enjoyed my research for the Black Panther Party assignments. It feels embarrassing to admit, but before that I wasn’t aware of the party. This class has educated me on more than just how to write an essay, but on real issues in the world and their roots. I enjoyed the Women In Red project as I am BIG on female empowerment and women’s rights. It is a form of activism near and dear to my heart so getting to learn more about the disadvantages women have faced was compelling.
The past 15 weeks of the spring semester, I was able to learn many new things that I never knew before not just in writing but about our society itself. It was a big jump from my last writing class, as we must use our critical thinking skill to look at the bigger picture, an example I could you is one of our first project which was the black panther party. I had no idea who they were before if I’m being honest, I found out about them from our class where our professor put on a documentary about the black panther for us. Comparing it to modern day movements helped me see the bigger picture, how far we have come in history. When it came to assignments, they were straightforward and just required some reading to understand.
There was multiple writing we did this semester but the one writing that I enjoyed the most was the women in red on Wikipedia. The reason why I enjoyed this project so much was because it felt like I was a journalist since one part of that project was writing a seven-day blog about our experience learning and concluding what we’ll do. Documenting my findings and using the research I put together writing the essay was much easier than before. This piece taught me how to develop a thesis not to extend it so much but the right amount so the reader can understand. I enjoyed the process of browsing the site and finding small discrepancies that they could document and use for their research.
At the end the most I improved in is how I voice my essay with certain topics, I feel like I gave improved so much in that category. Since I gain all of that knowledge with the project, I struggled the most with happened to help me the most with progressing my writing skills. Since it was difficult to write about a woman who was forgotten in our history who left a big impact for a lot of women rights. In the end it was an amazing class which I enjoyed a lot and I’m excited for my next English
The last 15 weeks of my semester I was able to learn and dive deep into several controversial topics of society. It was a major test to our critical thinking skills and helped us develop the bigger picture of said problems. Starting with the Black Panther Party, I had no idea the depth of information that these individuals had in history and writing about them only made me learn even more. Comparing it to modern day movements helped me see the bigger picture, how far we have come in history. When it came to assignments, they were pretty straightforward and just required some reading to understand what needed to be done. During our first project I was definitely still familiarizing myself with the college writing style which took some getting used to. After receiving my first grade I knew I could definitely do much better it just required more work ethic. Writing the second project I made sure to carefully structure it and follow the rubric, it paid off as I received a higher grade than before.
One piece of writing that I am proud of particularly is my second essay pertaining to the Women in Red on Wikipedia. I really enjoyed the whole Wikipedia log and browsing the site examining the small discrepancies here and there. Documenting my findings and using the research I put together writing the essay was much easier than before. This piece taught me how to develop a thesis that wasn’t too broad and incorporate it into my essay to help the readers understand the point that is trying to be made. Although I am proud of it, there are always improvements to be made and I don’t believe that this paper reflects my skills as a writer just yet. Trying to use some of my own techniques and some of my peers has allowed me to improve some things about my work like explaining the evidence better. I enjoyed the Wikipedia Journal and the writing piece i feel most proud of.
The biggest change is the topic and tone of the essay changes from focusing on narrative to a more research and academic tone, which is something I am struggling with for a long time. One piece of writing that was particularly challenging for me had to be the Project 1 on BPP and BLM. I found it difficult to draw the comparison between them and find strong pieces of evidence to support my argument. This essay was the roadblock to help me adapt to the writing style of English in college which is probably why I found it so difficult to begin with. In the end I enjoyed this semester even though the class was very early and I struggled to make it on time. The work was straightforward and helped improve my work ethic overall in the end. It was a good run and looking forward to future English classes.