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Final reflection

I have just completed my final reflections essay. This assignment really allowed me to look back at all of my works, and think about what I did well on them, and what I could’ve have improved on. This ENG101 class was definitely one of the most interesting and unique classes I have ever taken so far. […]

Final Reflection

I just finished my final portfolio and reflection for this course (Click here for the original prompt)! This course has given me so much freedom to express my opinions, which was definitely something I was not use to in traditional English courses. It really allowed me to branch out and explore many different aspects of writing. I came into this class not expecting what I would walk out with, but this class has definitely exceeded my expectations in terms of how much I’ve learned. My writing has definitely changed over the course of this class. Before this course, I was use to the formal essays with a thesis statement in the introduction, 3 body paragraphs defending your thesis with citations from outside sources, and a conclusion at the end to wrap everything up. However, this course has definitely taken me out of my comfort zone and allowed me to express more through my writing and add little inputs of my opinion in my projects. I thoroughly enjoyed this class and learned alot that will definitely benefit me in future years to come.

ANALYZING VIETNAMERICA

I have finished my Analyzing Vietnamerica Project. I will be giving an analysis on a comparison between two texts, one of which being the primary text, the graphic memoir, Vietnamerica, which I will be defending it as an autoethnography, and the other key text being used as the analytical lens. This was the most time-consuming project since we had to carefully analyze two texts as well as compare them on how they work to complicate each other. Click here to view the original assignment prompt. (slo2)

Sunday Funny# 3

 

Sunday Funny #3

Sunday Funny #3

Taking visual notes was an extremely challenging experience for me. When I first saw the examples I hoped to create a similar result, however, after 6 drafts I realized that my drawing skills were those of a six years old. I decided to use this opportunity to study the concept of logical fallacies, which we learned last week in my psychology class. Despite the difficulty of this assignment, I now understand the fallacies better and I was able to understand the relationship as well as the differences between them.
When I was creating the visual notes, the most challenging part of the process (besides the drawing itself) was to make a cohesive picture. At first I began to create small drawings at the corners of the page. However, I wanted to find a way to connect those drawings, in a way that made sense both conceptually, and visually. Therefore I decided to take on several themes instead of a bunch of independent drawings. I used the importance of school, the need for food and several philosophical ideas as the mean themes of my visual notes. The use of arrows also proved extremely efficient when connecting ideas. Another challenging part of this assignment was trying to stay away from creating a comic “book”. In several occasions I leaned towards expressing a concept using conversations between characters. However, at the end of the process, I understood the notes that I had taken in a distinct way, instead of words in my head, when approaching the concept of fallacies, I now see images, which makes it easier to understand such an abstract topic.

To see other visual notes click here.