To be honest I did not know what meta cognition meant prior to this journey log, and I did not even want to use it. I didn't want to use it partially because I didn't quite understand it, but I had to include it because I'm a warrior and have to use two habits of mind and this was the final unused word. So I did a little bit of research on meta cognition. Looking back on how I first wanted to organize this research paper, it was pretty boring and closed minded. I think that's why I was so resistant and frankly not happy about the whole assignment in the beginning. Now that I have begun to look deeper and into more interesting concepts of the monster, such as why the Headless Horseman is so prevalent that there is a current television show on it, the writing of the paper has become more bearable. Like I said before I spent over two hours writing only 500 words, and feeling defeated afterwards. Once I changed my mindset and organized the paper in a more cultural way I was able to write more and in a shorter time. I think this also leads from my need to be more creative into my need to be more open as well. Openness is a concept I've struggled with throughout this class in particular, but it is definitely getting better as the semester goes on.
Overall this monster research paper has pushed me to look into a topic I was never really interested in and make it into something I can potentially enjoy. I have had to learn to be more creative with a topic I knew nothing about, and didn't know how to research or organize it. At certain steps along the way I have had to stop and reevaluate my thinking process, particularly when things aren't going well or the way I had planned. This rethinking process helped center my thoughts and all around produce something that when it's finished, I know I can be proud of.