My role as a researcher when I was a ranger was much more difficult than I thought it would be. While it was easier to write more because it required more research material than other specializations, it was harder to find things to want to write about. One of the things that really stood out to me in the semester was the comparison to “down the rabbit hole” once you ask just a single simple question.
Curiosity is a huge part of everyday life and I found that the more curious I was, the easier it was to research and to want to write. I’ve always been one to assume that English grooms students to think in only one way. But throughout this course, I’ve realized that being an author is about writing the way you want to write and not how anyone else tells you.
I never thought of writing as a way to express my ideas. It was always just meeting the requirements and writing what my teacher wanted to hear.
As far as academics go, I would say I am a pretty driven student. I have dreams of going to medical school and becoming a doctor, so of course, school is important. But, school wouldn’t be much without persistence.
There were so many times throughout this course that I just didn’t want to do assignments (or any other course for that matter). However, I always do them because the feeling afterwards of having completed something is much better than skipping out on something.
Persistence is key to success in general because you won’t get anywhere from quitting.
Minecraft was one of those things that I definitely had to get used to having to do. Using minecraft in an English class seemed absolutely ridiculous to me at first, but I saw that it was helpful in crafting projects and introducing a new way to think. Although I didn’t realize it at the time, it was teaching me how to prepare, think through, and create meaningful things. It was also really fun (kind of obsessed now thanks for that).