-regan patterson -final journey log reflection bard-ray_patt-section 41

habits of mind

OPENNESS

OPENNESS WAS IMPORTANT BECAUSE KEEPING AN OPEN MIND DURING THIS COURSE WAS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY. THIS INCLUDES KEEPING AN OPEN MIND NOT JUST FOR RESEARCH FOR RAID 4, BUT ALSO FOR MINECRAFT AND ALL THE OTHER PARTS OF THIS CLASS THAT SET IT APART FROM THE AVERAGE COMPOSITION CLASS.

CREATIVITY

CREATIVITY WAS ALSO NECESSARY BECAUSE I USED MY CREATIVITY EVERY WEEK IN JOURNEY LOGS, IN MINECRAFT BUILDS, AND IN THE SET UP OF MY MOTHMAN PAPER. I WILL CONTINUE TO USE CREATIVITY IN MY FUTURE IN MANY DIFFERENT CASES BUT ESPECIALLY IN MY (POSSIBLE) FUTURE CAREER. IT IS IMPORTANT IN THE MARKETING FIELD TO BE CREATIVE SO THIS IS ONE HABIT OF MIND I KNOW I WILL CARRY ON.

PERSISTENCE

PERSISTENCE WAS MOSTLY IMPORTANT BECAUSE I GET LAZY AND I NEEDED PERSISTENCE TO KEEP MYSELF WOKRING TO THE BEST OF MY ABILITY THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE SEMESTER. I TEND TO GIVE UP TOWARDS THE END OF THE SEMESTER (ESPECIALLY THE END OF THE YEAR) SO THIS HABIT OF MIND IS EXTRA IMPORTANT. I WILL USE PERSISTENCE MY ENTIRE LIFE NO MATTER WHAT ACTIVITY, PROJECT, ETC.

CURIOSITY

I FOUND CURIOSITY MOST IMPORTANT WHEN DOING MY RESEARCH FOR MY MOTHMAN PAPER. I CONTINUED TO BE CURIOUS ON ALL CASES OF MOTHMAN SIGHTINGS WHICH DROVE ME TO DIG DEEPER TO FIND MORE INFORMATION. I WAS ALSO CURIOUS ABOUT THE REASONINGS BEHIND THE MONSTER, LIKE WHETHER HE WAS A PROPHET OF THE BRIDGE COLLAPSE OR IF HE WAS A HOAX THE TOWN MADE UP FOR ECONOMIC PURPOSES. CURIOSITY WILL BE IMPORTANT IN THE FUTURE WHILE I DO RESEARCH FOR ANY PROJECT I WORK ON (IN MARKETING AS WELL).

TRENDS

AT THE BEGINNING OF MY JOURNEY LOGS, I WAS NOT AS CREATIVE BECAUSE AS A WARRIOR, I HAD TO REACH A CERTAIN NUMBER OF WORDS AND THAT MADE THE ASSIGNMENT VERY BORING. IT BASICALLY REQUIRED ME TO USE A LOT OF TEXT AND WHEN I BECAME A BARD IT WAS MUCH EASIER TO GET CREATIVE WITH PICTURES AND DESCRIPTIONS.

MY LOGS WENT FROM BORING TO CREATIVE. THEY WERE SHORTER BUT THAT DOES NOT MEAN I PUT IN LESS EFFORT.

A VERY COMMON SUBJECT I TALKED ABOUT WAS FAILURE. I DISCUSSED HOW FAILURE HELPED ME WITH MY COMPLETED PROJECT IN MANY CASES AS WELL AS WHY IT MADE MY ASSIGNMENT IMPERFECT.

MINECRAFT

ORIGINALLY, I WAS VERY CLOSED OFF TO MINECRAFT. I WAS ABLE TO GET MYSELF TO DISCOVER THE GAME AND EXPLORE HOW TO USE IT. AFTER USING IT FOR SEVERAL PROJECTS, I STILL AM NOT A BIG FAN OF THE GAME. I DON'T PLAN ON CONTINUING TO PLAY IT BECAUSE IT IS JUST NOT MY TASTE. HOWEVER, I DID NOT MIND USING IT IN CLASS, IT JUST MORE OF AN ASSIGNMENT TO ME THAN A FUN PROJECT LIKE IT MAY HAVE BEEN FOR OTHERS.

IMPROVEMENTS

WHILE I DON'T THINK MY WRITING SKILLS NECESSARILY IMPROVED, I THINK MY ABILITY TO BE CREATIVE IN MY WRITING DID. I AM VERY PROUD OF MY MOTHMAN PAPER AND THE WAY I DECIDED TO LAY IT OUT. I THOUGHT IT WAS ONE OF THE BEST (IF NOT THE BEST) PAPERS I HAVE WRITTEN. WRITING ABOUT A TOPIC THAT INTERESTED ME DEFINITELY HAD SOMETHING TO DO WITH THE FACT THAT MY WRITING AND CREATIVITY WERE AT A HIGHER LEVEL WHEN WRITING THE PAPER.

SOMETHING I LEARNED

WHILE MINECRAFT WAS NOT MY TASTE, IT WAS NOT THE ONLY PROGRAM I USED TO CREATE A PROJECT IN THE CLASS. AFTER USING ADOBE PREMIERE TO CREATE MY RAID 7, I CONTINUED TO EXPLORE OTHER ADOBE PROGRAMS, INCLUDING PHOTOSHOP. I LOVE TAKING PICTURES AND VIDEOS SO THESE PROGRAMS WILL BE A LOT OF FUN TO USE OVER THE SUMMER JUST TO PLAY WITH.

BEFORE I EDITED WITH PHOTOSHOP
AFTER EDITING WITH PHOTOSHOP

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