During English 150, I learned how to write clear, organized essays and how to edit and revise them into final drafts. These skills will help me throughout the rest of college and will also be useful in my career. I think this class was worthwhile because it refreshed my memory of how to use sources, complete a works cited page, and organize an academic paper. I took English all four years of high school, but last year, I took a literary class and a creative writing class. Taking English 150 was beneficial because it helped remind me of proper MLA format and of certain grammar rules that I did not go over during Senior year. I think that I have changed as a writer since the beginning of this class. I am now better at organizing my papers and better at meeting assignment requirements. I also like writing a little bit more than I did before. English 150 was a tedious class at times, but I am thankful that I had a nice and organized teacher.
My generation definitely had the best shows to watch as children. When I was younger, my favorite television shows were The Rugrats, The Wild Thornberrys, CatDog, Doug, and Hey Arnold!. To reminisce about my childhood, I often draw and paint the characters from these shows in my art projects. This particular sketch is of the main characters in Hey Arnold!. Even though I did not watch tons and tons of TV, the shows I watched as a kid are very important to me because they bring me back to a carefree time in my life. Growing up with Arnold, Helga, and the rest of the gang was so much fun.
Since I have been posting a lot more drawings and paintings than DIY projects, I decided to show my latest project. This one required more money than artistic ability, but I think it is a creative idea nonetheless. I came across this shadow box idea a long time ago on Pinterest, and I stored it in the back of my mind until a couple of weeks ago when I thought to make it for my boyfriend for Christmas. I bought the 8 x 11 shadow box at Michaels for around 12 dollars because it was on sale. (Normally, they cost around 18-30 dollars depending on the size.) I then looked everywhere for stickers and paper associated with ticket stubs, but I had a lot of trouble finding what I had in mind. Instead, I settled for just gold stickers to spell out “MEMORIES”. I may add more decoration, but I think the simple design is what he would prefer. To start off his collection, I pinned some tickets to the back wall, and I just threw the others in to settle wherever. As we go to more events, he can add more tickets until it is completely full. I will probably make a ticket shadow box for myself after Christmas, and I will make sure it much more creative. The possibilities for this project are endless.
For the revision workshop on Wednesday, I will be bringing and revising my most recent essay. I picked this essay because I could not possibly think of anything else to say about the movie posters or the television ad, so this was the only option available. My argument essay could use a bit of a personal touch. Since I only used outside sources for supporting evidence, I will add some of my own experiences concerning recycling specifically at Lindenwood. I work in the Spellmann cafeteria so I know how many recyclables are thrown in the trash, and I eat in the Evans cafeteria so I see how wasteful the workers are with the Styrofoam boxes. This personal account will probably enhance my argument for more recycling on campus and around the world. During the revision workshop, I will ask my peers if this is an effective revision, and I will also ask where in my essay the extra information should go.
The first time I ever used paint on a canvas was while painting this black and white still life. This was the very first assignment in my painting class. I do not think I did a very good job on this piece, but I like to compare it to my latest works to see how much I have improved. During this painting, I struggled a lot with mixing the paints, and it was very difficult for me to smoothly transition into each shade of grey. I think this was a good first project for my teacher to choose, though, because it is a lot easier to deal with black, white, and greys than to start off using a variety of colors. Though I do not necessarily like this painting, I think I will keep it forever so I can always look back on where my art began.
Tomorrow, I will bring my first essay to class because I received the lowest grade on this essay, and it has the most room for improvement. I will definitely add more about what the picture I chose says about me because I tried to imply this information in my final draft and it should be stated more clearly. I might also take out some information that might not be necessary in my paper. My peer can help me with this decision, and he/she can also help check over my grammar and word choice. I will hopefully be able to revise my paper to make it much better than it was before.
The most significant thing I learned this semester is to not be afraid of five, six, and seven page papers. Going into English 150, I had only written one paper over a few pages, but I now know that I am capable of writing more. Some things I improved on throughout the class were my word choice and paper organization. I also implemented semi-colons in my papers for the first time, and I learned that you cannot imply important messages in the text. You must say everything clearly. The major aspects I still need to work on are the introduction and conclusion, and I still need to see the importance of revising at the end. I have a little trouble thinking of interesting ways that are not cliché to begin and conclude my papers, and I tend to revise as I write my paper instead of revising at the end. I think that I learned a lot in this class, and my papers definitely improved throughout the semester.