As the semester has progressed, there have been several things I would like to celebrate, but there are three in particular that I am truly proud. To begin, I created my journalism piece in Humanities, I have grown majorly in my writing skills, and as an individual, I approach each challenge with clarifying questions, and a positive attitude. Out of all the projects we have completed in Humanities, the one that I grew the most in would have to be the Journalism Project. In this project, we learned about how to write news articles which includes managing our bias, collecting information from reliable sources, and what’s relevant to write about. For example, I decided to write about farm industries and how we as humans should convert to raising and butchering our own animals or purchase our food from a more humane living environment for the animals. By doing this, I researched several places in our area that raise, butcher, and sell their own animals so that it would be relevant to the people in Durango if they decided they wanted to change. Also, I got an interview from a farm butcher which made my information about farm butchering very reliable. This semester, I have seen a mad improvement in my writing skills compared to the past years. After the This I Believe project, Journalism project, and the Take Action project, I have advanced in my writing skills by having a greater vocabulary and a growth in sentence structures. I also have the skill now to write factual pieces with reliable sources and without adding my bias or fluff. For instance, during the Take Action project in Biology, our written proportion required no opinions and only facts. At first, I was unaware about not adding our opinions, and I had to make lots of refinements. Now I know that most science literature is like this, and I am happy to have learned this skill for future work. One of the many things I would like to celebrate is my style of approaching challenges with clarifying questions, and always trying to stay positive. Since, I changed schools this year, I decided I wanted a change who I wanted to be this year. Over the past years I would not ask for help, which affected my education negatively. Not asking questions, made me stress over things I shouldn’t of dwelled on, which then made me become a very upset person. I didn’t like not knowing how to do things, especially when I could've easily just ask someone for help. So this semester, I have grown into a person who always asks for help when needed and even when I still don’t understand a problem, I want to stay positive and overcome the challenge. Even though, I have many celebrations reflecting back on this semester, there is always areas for growth. One area for growth I would like to see is participating in seminars more. I make insightful comments, just not as much as I would like too. I could add my ideas more to the discussion and be more attentive. For example, this past seminar in Humanities, I only made three comments for an entire hour. It’s not that I’m not prepared for the questions, but I just do not talk that often during seminars. I would like to improve my communication skills in seminars. Completing all these projects over the semester was not simple though, especially when you get distracted easily. A bad habit of mine is getting distracted, when I should be focusing on my work more so I am not stressed with an overload of work. Next semester, I want to put most of my attention to my work in order to have none or little homework. This will allow myself to be less stressful and become a more relaxed person. How can I particpate in seminars more?
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