Time for another monthly update on my classes! I can’t believe it’s October already. Halloween is almost here and it’s amazing how fast the days fly past when I’m this busy.
This course is designed to teach us about different types of sentences and how using them can enhance your writing. Well, at first I didn’t notice myself using those types more often, but now I do! I use them in essays, fiction, and blog posts… not this one, though, because A) it’s just a quick update and B) I’m super tired. But it’s been fun to experiment with sentence types, such as the suspensive sentence or the mid-branching cumulative sentence. I’ll have to write a post explaining what these (and others) are and include some of my favorite sentences that I’ve written in those styles!
Foundations of the English Major
Midterm grades were handed back today and I got 92% on mine! I’ve really been struggling with the essays required for this class but with everything else – participation, reading questions, tests, essay prewrites, et cetera – I do quite well. I know I do: My grades in those areas show it. So why do I feel like a terrible student in this class? Probably because I am a bundle of anxiety and think I’m LITERALLY THE WORST when I miss points on an assignment.
Gah, this is definitely my least favorite class this semester! Which is so unfortunate, because I’d been so excited for it. Oh, well. We finished up our unit on Benjamin Franklin and have now moved on to a unit on Edgar Allan Poe, just in time for Halloween!
One thing I am happy about regarding this class is that, because I gave a presentation and turned in the accompanying paper already, I don’t have any major assignments to worry about until much later. We have a humongous research paper AND a final exam at the end, which is unfortunate – most courses have only one or the other, not both – but it could be worse. I could have to juggle a presentation and paper on top of all that, so let’s just be glad that I don’t.
Journalistic Reporting & Writing
JRW and MMS (see below) are a huge part of the reason I’m so tired, stressed, and busy all the time! Yesterday I turned in a huge project that counts for both classes and I’m so glad that’s over… now I have to start working on the next one! I discovered that free tutoring/writing help is offered in the journalism resource center, so I’ve been bringing my drafts there to work on tightening up my prose and making sure I stick to AP Style.
Introduction to Multimedia Storytelling
In this class we’ve been learning how to use Photoshop! For the humongous project I turned in on Friday, we had to cover a local event. In JRW we wrote a press release after interviewing its organizers and participants, and in MMS we photographed the event, compiled a slideshow, and create social media headers for a mock social media campaign designed to promote our event. That last part consisted of making graphics for Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. I spent soooo much time working on it, but I’m so pleased with the result! And grateful to my friends who helped me figure out Photoshop! Ahhh!
How has your life been? Tell me one new thing you learned in school lately! And tell me one schoolish thing that’s been stressing you out, too, because I think we all need to commiserate with one another about the hectic, overwhelming beastie that SCHOOL can be.