Reflective Essay: English 102 In College

Reflective Essay College so far has not been as bad as I thought it would be, my teachers are nice, my courses have not been too difficult, and I actually enjoy it. My classes this semester especially have not been too hard, but are still challenging. One class in particular is English 102, I face many new concepts but each seem to be engaging and easy to work with. All in all, English 102 has been enjoyable, I learned how to research sources, cite sources, and was introduced to many ways to use sources in context with each other.
To start off with, I knew that the majority of the course was finding sources and writing research papers, but I was not expecting all the assignments to build off of each other. I think that the course ended up
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All the previous work: finding sources, explaining sources, and putting them in conversation with one another, lead up to this final paper that was basically a mixture of everything and an argument. For me, I started with my conversation synthesis and just built off of the points I made in it. I rearranged the order it was in, added a thesis, more supporting evidence, my opinion and ended up with my rough draft. I then went through and added even more supporting evidence from new sources to help make it flow. I was not really sure about how to incorporate a counter argument into “Why there needs to be change in media and society”, so I went back through my opposing sources and found a source that directly disagrees with media having any part of the negative effects media causes and decided that it was perfect. If I had to give myself a grade over this paper, I would probably give myself a solid B. My paragraphs flowed nicely, my evidence supported my argument, and I put a lot of work into this paper. I would have given myself an A if I felt confident about where my counter argument sat in my paper. I put it after my first two issues I address, self-esteem and eating disorders, because it mainly focused on those two issues. By putting my counter argument after my first two points it interrupts my evidence and the flow of my paper, but it was the only place that made sense to me. If I another day to work on this …show more content…
I learned a good amount during this semester and hope to be able to utilize what I have learned in other classes as well. This class helped me feel more comfortable working with sources, which will help me with my major biology classes and lab reports. Before this class I struggled to find sources that helped support my own scientific studies, but do to the work done in the class, I know how to look and where. I have a long way to go in my biology career, but I will be forever grateful for this course, because it made my life much easier by teaching me how to find sources, cite sources, and incorporate sources to my own

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