Semester Recap: Progress and Humility

Over the course of the semester, my sense of competence in critically analyzing fictional texts and films, my critical thinking skills, and my ability to exercise sound reasoning to analyze issues, make decisions, and overcome problems has improved. As far as critically analyzing fictional texts and films, this class has really challenged my ability to do so. From text annotations to film critiques, the dystopian works challenged my skill set and prior knowledge about the subject. I thought that I knew how to analyze most genres, but dystopian work is a completely different type of literature that I had never analyzed before. Although dystopian film and literature is my favorite genre, I always read for fun and never critically analyzed what I read or watched. As for contemporary events, I feel like I gained a lot more experience with critically analyzing texts because that was another main focus in class this semester. I am confident in analyzing contemporary events because we did it so much in class by analyzing current events in group settings.

Since the beginning of the semester, I have also improved my ability to articulate my thoughts and opinions clearly and effectively in written and oral forms to persons inside and outside of an organization. Combining my previous experiences with public speaking and the learned experiences from this class, I have improved my skills to articulate my thoughts and opinions clearly and effectively. I appreciate how we were put into groups during class time and were told to assign each group member a unique role. This exercised my leadership skills and my ability to articulate because at one point I was the group manager, one point I was a researcher, and one point I was a speaker. Although I am usually not the first one to volunteer to present in front of people, this class has increased my confidence to do so.

My skills in exercising sound reasoning to analyze issues, make decisions, and overcome problems have also drastically improved. I am a very detail-oriented and logical person, and the activities that we had in class have definitely strengthened those skills. Apart from in-class material, the podcast project is an example where I had to exercise all of these skills. I have had to analyze issues regarding the podcast topic, make decisions with my group in order to make sure everyone was satisfied with the content, and we overcame problems such as recording the final project remotely. Overall, at the beginning of the semester, I believed that I was highly competent with the majority of the mentioned goals, but now, I feel very humbled and recognize that I still have so much more to learn about these topics.

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