Journey Log 8 Ryan Dixon

Dixon - Malabro

Section 37

Journey Log 8


Creativity and Openness

This past week was a good one in regards to English 1030. It felt like we hadn't met as a class in forever due to no class over Spring break and the week before spring break. I feel charged and ready to go for the last stretch of the semester. This week we got an oversight of how the rest of English 1030 is going to go. I am looking forward to these last couple of assignments, as they are unique. It's still funny how many times I get to tell people that I have to play Minecraft for English. I truly am going to miss having this class next semester.


One of the main components in this class is creativity. We use it almost every class period and on essentially every assignment. This has been beneficial for me, as I have never really seen myself as a creative person. However, this class has made me realize that I do have some creativity within. I appreciate the structure that Chris went for with this class, as it has helped open my eyes to different ways of approaching things. From now on, we will be playing some type of game for a little bit of class. The majority of the games we have played and will play are going to spur a good amount of creativity. We played two similar games this week, Superfight and Cards Against Humanity. I have played Cards Against Humanity many times, but have never heard of Superfight before. Even though I am decently knowledgeable when it comes to superheroes, I got destroyed in Superfight. However, it made sense when we talked about it as a class. The reason I lost was due to my audience. The people at my table did not get my references and cards, even though they typically held true to the superhero universe. These games are all about creativity and coming up with the best combination for the proper audience. There are so many different ways that people can react to your cards, and this makes it difficult to come up with the combination that will win you the round.


Openness is a very valuable trait in my opinion. Without it, we would be living very boring lives. Unfortunately, I have struggled with openness for most of my life. I am not a big fan of change, so taking on anything new has always kind of freaked me out. However, as I come to the end of my first year at Clemson, I can confidently say that I have embraced plenty of new opportunities and adventures. If I didn't have the openness that I currently have, then I probably wouldn't have the friends that I have now, I wouldn't be in the organizations and clubs that I am in, and I wouldn't have had the experience that I did. I am thankful that Clemson has showed me how to seize every opportunity that I can. This class has done an excellent job of showing me new ways of thinking not only for academics but for the world in general. I did not know what rhetoric was before this class, but now I can really appreciate it and even apply it to my life. It is one of those things that you are missing out on until you finally learn about it. If everyone had the same outlook on life and didn't have any different views or way of viewing the world, it would be a very boring and ineffective place. I keep thinking back to when Chris was talking about how Clemson (and most universities for that matter) doesn't hire their own PHD students because they want them to bring their views and ways of doing things to other places around the country or even the world. Then Clemson hires professors from other places in order to let our students see the world from other perspectives as well. This makes a lot of sense to me and I completely understand why they would want to do that. By having openness, you are pretty much saying that you are ready to face new challenges and ideas and build your own character and values off of it.


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