An Update On My Classes | Midterms, Photoshop, & Edgar Allan Poe

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.


Prose Style

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.

Media Shift

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.


About nevillegirl

Elizabeth. University of Iowa class of 2019. Triple majoring in English & Creative Writing, Journalism, and Gender, Women's, & Sexuality Studies. Twenty-one-year-old daydreamer, introvert, voracious reader, aspiring writer, and lesbian. Passionate about feminism, mental health, comic books, and cats.
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2 Responses to An Update On My Classes | Midterms, Photoshop, & Edgar Allan Poe

  1. Mahima says:

    Classes are stressful, yes. But they’re also so interesting.

    I’m learning about the link between liberalism and nationalism in History, and it’s so intriguing, seeing the same patterns in today’s world that we’re studying in History. Very meta.

    One schoolish thing that is stressing me out is university applications! I have a prediction for maths that is one grade lower than what I need it to be to apply to the universities I want to go to. 😦

  2. Miriam Joy says:

    I’m not sure I’ve learned anything new lately because I’m currently redoing stuff I did half of last year, and the lectures are the same as first year due to the two-year cycle. I’m also only two weeks into term, because we start much later than you, so there’s that.

    I did manage to hand in my first two essays of term on time, but the third one was sort of due this evening and I haven’t written it because I’m not feeling well, so that’s less good. Ah well. My supervisor for that paper is very sympathetic, so I’m sure she won’t mind it being a bit late.

    Your coursework load sounds stressful, but at the same time I’m kind of jealous of the idea of (a) getting grades during the year (I have no idea how well I’m doing until final exams) and (b) grades depending on more than just a single three-hour exam, heh. I opted for a dissertation and a French module this year, which has coursework, but everything else is exams, which means May is going to be a Very Stressful Month. Ah well.

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