I don’t believe that I have really reflected on the more meta aspects of the course in a long time. This seems like a more positive time to do so in terms of the annotations just turned in. Quite frankly, although I had completed 6 annotations by the Monday before, Tuesday was an excellent lesson in giving adequate time for these annotations to be completed.
I feel myself fortunate to be in a 300 level English course simultaneously with this introduction to the studies as it has really benefited me more in that I have been able to see the actual practical application of everything we’ve been doing. Also, this has been teaching me potential better ways in which I could have completed the coursework in my other class, lessons which I would not have learned quite as strongly had I had 299 separately from the other class.
The annotated bibliography has been far more difficult an undertaking than I thought they would. I think that it is good that this class is here and that I can learn from these mistakes now, as I realize that the standard set here really applies to my future studies in English Literature that I’ll have for the next few semesters. Attention to detail and taking the time to let articles sink in is really what I did not anticipate. In a lot of my other courses, it is sufficient to skim through material and draw conclusions that don’t always hit quite as closely as they should. In terms of this big project, I think I have finally begun to employ the degree of focus that I need, and have been intrigued by my own ability to draw conclusions from multiple sources into a new conclusion that is independent, which until this semester I was not used to. It is strange taking these uncertain steps into making claims that haven’t already been established. I think that the ability to make a confident claim is integral to the study of English, and have greatly appreciated the skills that I have honed here which beforehand I didn’t have.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!