“A paper a day keeps the panic at bay.”
I’ve no idea if that’s an original quote (probably not) but that’s my mantra over the next week. I’ve calculated, when I woke this morning, how many projects, exams and papers due for all my classes this semester in the next week. Quite a lot, from my count: Seven quizzes, six papers, three projects and one exam between four courses (I turned my last assignment for one of my classes in yesterday morning). Going to be a fun ride over the next week.
But it’s been a fun (highly intense, demanding, enlightening and exhausting) ride all semester.
I had several goals this semester, not only in Advanced reporting but with all my classes. There’s really no marker where I can say “mission accomplished,” but I intentionally made my goals so they would instill habits, which will continue to produce results. I’m almost positive I’m not the only one, but here’s a recap of my goals this semester and my thoughts about each of them.
Intermediate Creative Writing: I wanted to develop my writing skills and stretch my creative thinking. This is probably my easiest goal I’ve accomplished and I now take time (throughout my day) to just think outside the box. I used to do this in high school and the beginning of my college career, but I had lost the habit in the past couple years. I’m glad it’s back now.
Reality of God: I took this class as an elective and to fill a humanities requirement in my grad plan… I’ve developed a stronger ability to step in another person’s shoes, consider their perspective. It’s another habit, like creative writing, that I felt was lost over the years and is now back.
Understanding Audiences: My goal was to learn the title of the lesson. Along with Computer Assisted Reporting from last semester, I’m really good now at using Excel to analyze data… This was more a concrete goal but I’m definitely looking forward to using the lessons I learned once I graduate: I’m probably going to start my own online news outlet, see if has a chance of succeeding in the summer months after I graduate. This class’s lessons will be really useful for that.
Sociology: I needed one sociology class in particular to fulfill my minor requirement… No goals other than to pass this class, and I’m pretty confident I will. Next, and certainly not least:
Advanced Reporting: I wanted to maintain focus in my writing. That was my biggest, and is my biggest, weakness. I’m still working on it, but I’m proud at how far I’ve come this semester with staying focused and on a logical path from beginning to end. I’ve got a far way to go and it’s going to continue to be hard, but I’ve made a great step in the right direction. I also wanted to know the purpose of the articles I write, which for better or worse, I definitely understand.
There are so many other lessons I learned this semester, but I feel those have been the most evident.
Good luck with finals!