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Final Reflection

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.

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How Much Do You Think It Matters Where You Go to College ?

In this article, Mr. Bruni talks about how college admissions has now devolved into a scholastic version of “The Hunger Games.” I agree with this statement, as college admissions has now turned into a messy hell for students who want to choose where they want to be for the next upcoming four years. There are many factors that come into play, especially factors involving perception of other students. Students may apply to a college based on how prestigious they are in hopes of getting in because it makes them look “good.” In my high school, I saw a lot of this, and I never understood why. Bruni writes that many young people believe that “the luster of the institution they attend, as established by its ranking and its exclusivity, will not only define their place in the world but also determine their professional success and contentment.” This is a true statement, as many young people do think that the more prestigious, the higher chance of success. While that is also true to a certain extent, looking at the rankings of the college should not be viewed as an easy road to success. There have been many successful people in this world who did not go to college, some even high school drop-outs. It is ultimately up to the person if they want to make it in this world, relying solely on a college and its prestige will not get you there if you are not willing to put in the effort for yourself. 

If I were to make a college list based on my own criteria, I would rank them based on three things: alumni success rate, student happiness, and price. I would use these three because they are what I personally look for. For obvious reasons, having an alumni success rate could show how well the college sends its graduates into the world. Price is to show how valuable the education is compared to its price. A lot of institutions overcharge and cause for many people wanting to attend but not being able to afford. Other colleges are expensive but have the qualities that match the price. For student happiness, mental health is a big thing. Many students contemplate suicide due to heavy workload and stress. A college that is able to keep their students happy and in good mental shape is a good one. I believe that college rankings and prestige should be based on this criteria, not just on acceptance rate and the name. 

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Final Reflection

Throughout this semester, my body of work has been diverse and expansive. From the first week’s assignment to the present, I have tackled a wide range of topics and engaged in various writing styles. One thing that stands out to me is how much I have learned about adapting my writing to different audiences and purposes. I have realized that I can effectively convey information in a concise and clear manner, as well as craft engaging narratives that captivate readers. My writing has developed in unexpected ways, as I have discovered a newfound love for creative storytelling and the power of persuasive writing. The insights gained in this class have not only influenced my work in other subjects but also enhanced my overall communication skills. I now approach writing as a tool for effective expression and as a means to connect with others. This semester’s work has inspired me to set new goals for my writing in upcoming classes, aiming to further refine my storytelling abilities and explore more advanced writing techniques.

One piece of writing on Blogs@Baruch that I am most proud of was the assignment we had for spring break, where we had to answer a prompt from New York Times, my prompt was: Have You Ever Written Fan Mail? If Not, Would You?. I really was jus scrolling through when the title caught my eye. I was tempted to skip it because I felt that it would be too embarrassing to write about, especially to share it for others to see. But fanfiction has actually been part of my life for quite some time and I suddenly felt the urge to write something about it. Would I say it was the best level of writing ever? No, definitely not. But it was the first time in quite a while that I was excited to write. I was giggling, feeling embarrassment, remember all the emotions I felt when I experienced my first fan mail. I’m still feeling it now writing this. I was in the zone, in tune with I was feeling. I was talking to talk, not to write in a sense. And I as I was doing that, I realized that I feel my type of writing is when I write like how I speak. It makes me feel more connected to the reader, more sincere with my emotions because I’m not worried about how I am going to sound intellectually, but how I sound to them conversationally. I wasn’t expecting anyone to comment, I was still hoping no one would because I was still slightly embarrassed but Yineldi did comment and it made me smile because I felt a slight sense of relief that I wasn’t some weirdo as the author of the prompt felt like. So thank you Yineldi if you’re reading this!

The piece of writing that was particularly challenging for me was the 10 point program. For many, it might have been a relatively simple assignment, stating the somewhat obvious needs to create equality. But I found a deep challenge within it where I wanted to capture everything. In doing so, I was making my work too wordy and not easy to remember. So, I spend time cutting, reviewing, rereading to make sure I was fulfilling the goal of wiring the 10 point program but also that I was happy with it. I think I stressed too much about it, but I feel like it was worth the effort because I can see and remember the care and thought process behind each line. The insight I gained as a result is that when you care a lot about something, it is not bad. It shows that I want to present the very best of me, so I shouldn’t feel like I am overdoing or “doing too much” because it invalidated all the work I put in it. So, it the future, I will take into consideration that when I feel like I are too much, I will use that to better convey my writing to tell others.

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The Power of Media in BLM and BPP – Hope Ki

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