This semester, persistence was especially important to me in the Raids I was assigned, especially the annotated bib and monster paper. The annotated bib took me a very long time to do, and I ran into a few problems while doing it the night before (procrastination happens to be probably my greatest weakness). I discussed/complained about some of these problems here:
However, as my Journey Log shows, I ended up staying up until 3:44 am in order to finish everything and make sure that it was something that I would be proud to turn in. Persisting is not always easy, however I do not believe that giving up is ever an option and I would rather fail knowing I gave my all than doing less than my best.
Curiosity: "the desire to know more about the world".
Another Habit of Mind that I found played a big part in my work this semester is curiosity. I think one of the most important things I learned in this class is that research is like the rabbit hole in Alice in Wonderland, which I talked a lot about in Journey Log 2.
I always thought of researching as looking for an answer to a question, however the rabbit hole analogy makes a much different point. Whether it be english, political science, sociology, or microbiology, research is not meant to stop after an "answer" is found. Good researchers can dig deeper and deeper into a subject, never reaching an end point but simply learning as much as they can. Curiosity, essentially the love of learning, is what fuels research.
Openness: "the willingness to consider new ways of being and thinking in the world".
Openness is something that I noticed coming into play more towards the end of the semester, when we focused on the rhetorical aspects of group word games. In Journey Log 6, I talked about playing the different games and what went right/wrong. While my main focus was flexibility, the lessons learned tie directly into openness as well.
With rhetoric it is important to have the flexibility to adjust and cater to the target audience, but in order to do this, it is necessary to be open to new ideas. A closed mind cannot be flexible.
Creativity: "the ability to use novel approaches for generating, investigating, and representing ideas".
The final and, in my opinion, most important Habit of Mind used this semester was creativity. I love being creative and have always enjoyed doing activities that let me use creativity. The main part of why I enjoyed this semester so much is because this class allowed me to learn in essentially whatever way I chose. I think that the best way to learn is always to find something of interest and hold on to that. For example, the monster paper was genuinely fun for me to write because I was allowed to pick a topic that I liked and was curious to learn more about. My specialization also allows me to use creativity in my reflections. I have made movies, sketched drawings, and even played songs on the piano to add to my Journey Logs. Being able to use creativity keeps me engaged and interested in whatever I am doing.