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My First Day Of Reflection In The Classroom

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Dr. Ponder walks on our first day of reflection. This day we would have to speak about how the goals of this class would benefit us personally and professionally. Being an English major it is easy for me to see how reading, writing, and arguing will benefit me in the future because that is my major is all about. My response to these questions during reflection were always the same. By being English major means always reading, writing, and arguing. However, I did not realize that these skills would benefit me now with my current job. I have had many times where I had to read e-mail and manuals that made no sense to me. I have had to write documents for my bosses as well as sometimes constructive argue with customers who want us to give in under…show more content…
This essay argues that I have improved in this class. First, I have improved in this class, because I have improved my reading. The goal that I had for improving my reading in my introduction essay was to not zone out and miss half the chapter of any books I read that I find boring. I have improved on this through being able to read more closely and find mean in what I read as well as researching the book beforehand to get a better understand of the plot of books I do not like. I have been able to this skill of reading more closely when writing my research paper for both this class and others. A comment from one of my paper from my strengths about my reading is “read texts carefully to find unused data”. This means that I could find and argue about different means being different characters, symbols, and settings. I made more interesting arguments by using pieces of text that would not be normally used. By improving my reading, it will benefit me beyond this class because when I am in graduate school, I will need to be able to read dense texts that will be difficult to comprehend. By being able to not zone out, I will able to catch important detail that I could use when trying to prove my…show more content…
In my introduction essay, my goal for improving my arguing was to be able to better understand the opposing argument. Although I improved on that somewhat I improved my arguing in another way through being able to connect claims back to the thesis to make my arguments stronger. While writing papers for this class, I was difficult to find words that encompassed the words used in the claims. This would mean using a thesaurus to look up alternatives for each word trying to find a common theme. A comment from the strength’s section of my paper was that “connect claims to thesis in logical ways”. By improving my arguing in this class, I will better able to argue while I’m a graduate student. When I write papers, I will need to show how all of my claims in my essays relate back to what I was arguing in my thesis. While in graduate school, I will always be arguing my thesis. I must argue my thesis to my professor as well as my fellow classmates. With the skills, that I learned in this class, I will hopefully be able better to argue my