Thursday, October 21, 2010

Reflective Blog Entry

I have grown immensely over second semester. I feel that I have become a stronger leader, and I have mastered presentation skills. I think that I am closer to more people in the DLC now, (especially Block I), and I can express myself without hesitation. I think I have many friends and have hopefully become more approachable to strangers and classmates. I have a much greater respect for technology (despite the times when it looses data:(). I consider myself as a hard worker, and I feel that I am more open to feedback now, than I was first quarter.

I feel that I have ALWAYS produced average and above products this year, and I am extremely proud of that. I have also received compliments on multiple projects, especially the Lorax DNP. That particular project was a great time for me because I put in a ton of effort, and I didn't have to rely on group members to do their work. I had a bit of a drama during this project, and I still pulled it off, which pleases me greatly. I also love being thought of like Ms. Bailin because she is an AMAZING person, and I look up to her.

I think that the Stephen Crane project was challenging for me. I HATE group projects, and this one threw me over the edge a little. I am a pretty straight forward person, and once I get pushed just enough, I lose it. It is very difficult for me to deal with people who don't pull through on projects, and this situation was especially frustrating.

One of my favorite moments in DlC7 was when I was put as an evaluator for the Lincoln Douglas Debate. I felt honored because "the best" students in class were the only ones who got that opportunity. It was an accomplished feeling because I felt recognition for all of the hard work I had put into all of my projects. This was also my favorite moment because I the evaluators and Miss Bailin talked about interesting things, and I learned a lot. I felt that I had an enormous amount of power choosing debate groups and what not. That's why it was my favorite moment.

I hope for many things 2nd semester. For one, I hope that I can improve on incorporating group members' work into group projects in the future. I feel that I am so used to having people disappoint me, that's it's been harder for me to open up and give them a clean slate. I also want to lower my anxiety and worry levels, because I can sometimes make a huge deal out of nothing. I really want to learn as much as I can learn from Miss Bailin, and I wish to be more attentive and self-motivated. I have great time-management skills, but I could improve on my planning. I have a tight schedule, but despite that I want to be able to communicate with friends and teachers, to stay on track with everything. I also hope that I won't overreact about things and that I won't freak out at people or get mad at them if they do something wrong.

Over all, I think that there are many things that have happened over 1st semester that have impacted me a lot. I can't wait to see how I have changed from now, to 2nd semester.

Until then!
~Elizabeth Kresock~

P.S. - Thanks to those of you who have commented!