Shannon D

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Same-Sex Marriage in VA

So this is by no means complete or even exactly where I want this peice to go. But it's a start. Bear with me please.........



Love is a feeling of intense desire and attraction toward a person with whom one is disposed to make a pair; the emotion of sex and romance. (E) The most important word in the definition for love is the word “person”. Most people want to experience love. The type of love that we see depicted in films, the love that comes from fairy tales, and people want the type of love that is everlasting. Not everyone wants their love to blossom into marriage, but again so many people do. Little girls dream of their wedding day before they even understand how love works. Marriage is normally the next step after love, but what does the word marriage mean? The first definition that arrives for the word marriage is this: the legal union of a man and woman as husband and wife. (E) The last definition for marriage is: a union between two persons having the customary but usually not the legal force of a marriage; a same sex marriage. (E) This should not come as a shock that marriage is supposed to happen between a man and a woman. Our society sets this idea into the youth of America at a very early age. We see Barbie and Ken dolls that fall in love, the prince saving the princess who happens to live happily ever after, and all the while it begins to be completely normal that only a man and woman should marry. Even though same-sex marriage is brought up as the last alternative to the meaning of marriage, it’s still there. This is a huge improvement from the days (I have to look up when that definition came into websters) when same-sex marriage was not even acknowledged. Our society is beginning to move forward, accepting same-sex marriage as any other marriage that occurs. The state of Virginia has not become so accustomed to the idea. Throughout my research I will be trying to figure out the problems with same-sex marriage in Virginia, and working to prove them wrong.
Virginia is very secretive when making decisions against same-sex marriage. While reading the “Roanoke Times” I noticed the perfect description of how the House of Delegates works with this issue, “they quietly passed the amendment prohibiting same-sex marriage”. Quietly is the worst way to handle this issue which is no longer quiet. Our society is becoming more accepting to the idea of gay marriage, and more gays and lesbians feel comfortable enough to “come out”. Therefore it is not the best idea to try and keep something as important as same-sex marriage a secret. (B) The proposed amendment to Aritcle one the constitution states that “only a union between on man and one woman may be a marriage valid in or recognized by this Commonwealth and its political subdivisions”. (B) Virginia’s governor Tim Kaine also supports the idea that a marriage should be between a man and woman. So what is next for Virginia? Equality Virginia is the states largest gay rights group who are working to keep the issue of same-sex marriage alive. On January 25, 2006 nearly 500 gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and allied Virginians participated in the Equality Lobby Day. This is just another step that concerned members of this state are doing for equal rights for same-sex marriages. (F)
Not only are adults becoming more active in the fight for equality, but also young adults at Virginia Tech. Even though only 60 some students attended the rally it is important to even recognize that young adults are finally taking a stand for same-sex marriage. (Need more research for other colleges and their groups fighting for same-sex marriage) Tech Students Liz Ford and Maddy Barnes held an old marriage manual that stated… “Whites may marry whites only,” and prohibited epileptics and, “idiots, imbeciles, and the insane” from marrying. (D) Our nation has worked over the years to get past racism and now signs like that held by Ford and Barnes seem outdated. Hopefully in the future these amendments to our constitution prohibiting same-sex marriage will also seem outdated and outrageous. Right now though the battle continues on.
What is it that is so scary about allowing same-sex couples to marry? After researching the topic, some common themes arose to answer the question. “If we allow gays to marry what’s next, incest, or those who are in love with their pets.” After viewing this statement it became more obvious how many people confuse same-sex marriage with illegal issues. Two men who are in love have absolutely nothing in common with two people committing incest. Of course there are people who believe that they are in love with a family member, or their goat, but just because these types of people exist does not mean same-sex marriages should not be allowed. Same-sex marriage and incest are apples and oranges; these topics are so different that they should not ever be compared to one another. This statement is easier said than done. People fear the unknown and change, it has always been this way. To help those in Virginia get past this obstacle it is great to see groups actively protesting their rights for marriage. The more people see gays and lesbians and become more acclimated with their presence, the easier it will be to see articles pushing for same-sex marriage. The times are slowly changing, and same-sex marriage will gradually work its way into Virginia.


Things left to do with the paper

Need a couple more relevant sources
Conclusion
Grammar
Completed Annotated Bibliography

Monday, February 27, 2006

The Half-Story

Her'es my assignment...

The Half-Story

A story can be seen in terms of two movements --
the complication/entangling/knotting phase
and the resolution/untangling/unknotting phase.
Write the first movement of a story -- that is, take a character
and get him into some kind of trouble (or burden him with a problem).
Keep the following guidelines in mind:
Make your character interesting and original.
Try not to depend on telling us about your character or what he thinks.
Rather, let your character be revealed indirectly.
There are many ways to do this -- through his actions and behavior,
his setting (e.g., home, belongings),
his friends, what he reads, etc.
(This is called showing, not telling.)



The night drags on as she rolls over again in a restless sleep on an empty bed. It is always like this when he’s gone, but this time it is different. Even though he isn’t there, she’s not alone, and has not been for the past four months. But it is his job. I mean he just can’t quit because they are starting a family now, yet she wishes there was a way that he was home more often, or at least to know that he is safe. Ava felt a kick, and finally a smile came back to her face. She rose from the bed and walked through the dark house listening only to the cracking of the hard wood floors beneath her. The moon is especially bright tonight, and she looks at it glistening over the water, wondering if her husband is looking at that very same moon. She keeps moving past the window glancing over the pictures that surround her. He looked so handsome on their wedding day she thought as she slid into the rocking chair while turning on the television and grabbing the photo album. As she glided through the pictures she noticed that she was looking at his first year on the job. The yellow overalls always made him look more muscular than he really was, she thought while letting a giggle slip. He looked so funny sliding down that pole for the first time so that she could capture the moment. It was his passion though, saving others that is. She could never take that away from him. She continued looking at the pictures; some were of the station, others of the men on his team. Team. The word stuck in her head. He was apart of a different team now she thought. He was on her team, and their babies, but how do you tell that to a man who loves what he does for a living? As she kept thinking about their future she heard the phone ring. Ava dropped the album onto the floor and started running into the other room. Not Colby she thought, not Colby, he’s going to be ok. As she was running she didn’t notice her robe that she had left on the floor. Ava screamed, “my baby, my baby”, but the phone stopped ringing. She couldn’t move at all, and the only feeling that she had was coming from the blood dripping from her forehead onto the floor. Her heart throbbed as she continued to wail while holding the robe over the back of her bloody head. Ava’s focus had left from Colby getting hurt at work, to her and her child. She had to get to the phone and call him. For God’s sakes this is what he does, he saves people. No she may not have a house fire, but right now she needs his help. She slid on her back a few feet closer to the phone, but only to stop in fatigue. I just need to call Colby she said, he’ll save me.

Friday, February 17, 2006

J2/ choose 4-6 communities and describe them as houses on “You” street

More Communties that give you an understanding of me (also the ones described earlier)
  1. Brokeback Mountain FAN
  2. Pop Culture Magazines
  3. Dog Lovers
  4. Sex and the City

I love movies, and when I heard all the hype that Brokeback Mountain was receiving I was first in line to view the movie. Not only is it a beautiful love story, but the movie as a whole was extremely well written. Now when I'm with any group of people and movies come up, this is the first off my lips. I loved the movie and I think it should be viewed by all, leaving all judgements aside.

Another passion of mine, which I'm sorry to admity since I'm an English major, are magazines. "OK", "US", "People" are always in my house, and I love the pictures and stories about the flashy life of Hollywood. No I do not believe hardly any of the things I read, but for some reason its a hobby, and I love it.

Some people like dogs and cats, I am not one of those people. I love dogs!!! When you see people fall in love with babies in public places, I am the same but with dogs.

My first paper that was over 20 pages in college was written about this show. I think it is witty and hilarious, and I love the friendships we see unfold on screen. Also their is a connection with my obsession for magazines with this show because of the commodities that are seen in any given episode.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

J1/ In “Community, Commitment, and Individuality”

List of different Communties I'm involved in:
  1. Family Member
  2. St. Margaret's Alumnae
  3. My network of friends at Randolph Macon verses my friends from my hometown Tappahannock
  4. New York Yankess Fan
  5. 24 (Television Show)

The first community that I would consider myself apart of is the most important to me, which is my family. Since over the past five years my family has become so much smaller, I think it is extremely important to remain close and involved with my remaining family members. I am the closest with my mom. It is very important to me to let her know exactly whats going on in my life, as well as whats going on in her life. I have recently become an Aunt, so I go home often to spend time with my neice because I want to be a huge part of her childhood. Since I go home to see my neice often, I therefore spend a lot of time with my sister and her husband. Our small network keeps me going even when I am not always with them.

The second community that I am apart of would be an alumn from St. Margaret's, the highschool that I attended. This community requires me to give more of a commitment than some of the others. I think it is important to keep in touch with some of my teachers, as well as older peers who can help me when I graduate college. Also I go to many different dinner meetings to try and help improve some issues that surround St. Margaret's currently.

Being a friend is not something that is foreign to anyone reading my blog. The issue with friends is combining my college friends with my friends from home, without jealousy. This is very challenging because especially with girls, you dont want to pay closer attention to someone, therefore leaving someone else out. True friends are hard to come by, so I make a huge effort to pay close attention to all of my friends.

I put up Yankees Fan because I think it is one of the most interesting communities that I am apart of. No matter where I am, if I see a stranger wearing Yankees gear, I automatically say "Hi" and have something in common with them. When I'm at a bar, it makes great conversation and you can really see how fans pull together in the presence of those who hate the Yankees. Also when I am placed around Boston fans especially, you see a connection with the Yankees by using words such as "we", or "our team", and I just love the idea of community when looking at sports.

Finally the last community I wanted to talk about is much more personal, and that is my addiction to the television show 24. The reason that this is so interesting to me is that my friends and family members have all been affected by my enjoyment of this show. I talk about it all the time, which led to my mom and very close friends to start watching it as well. So now all of these separate groups that I am involved in, are also connected because of my interest for the show.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Writing from the Heart

People write for many different reasons. Some people write just for enjoyment, others use it to convey information about a certain topic. I believe that you can teach someone to be a better writer. (Issues from the Heart) When you are passionate about a certain topic, I think that you put your best work into that piece of writing. Mostly because you want to give that topic the justice that it deserves. Writing from the heart though can sometimes be the most difficult because of the passion that you have for the given topic. You don't want to overdo it by anymeans, but sometimes it happens by accident. I still believe though that you can become a better writer by using your true emotions.
When you are trying to become a better writer by using values, it becomes more of a challenge because its easy to confuse using values with using issues involving emotions. When thinking about using values in your writing you should first look to some sort of respected tradition or higher principles and move on from there. An example could be using the bible in your writing. Because the bible is respected by a large sum of people, I think it would be a great place to begin your research.
Readers tend to believe honest writers (based on character), so it is a great idea to use a lot of knowledgable sources in your writing. The more sources that you consult, the better the reader feels about your writing, because they can trust your ideas. Also, the more organized the writing is, the easier it is for your reader to understand your main ideas and topics. Trying to become a better writer is difficult, but not impossible. The best route to take is to try and research the topic fully so that your writing is truth, not opinion.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Bamboozled

I watched Bamboozled for the first time over J-Term for a class. I recently watched it again and since it is black history month I thought it was something I wanted to show to those viewing my blog. This will just give you a glimpse of some of the issues Spike Lee is tackling in the movie, so I think you should all watch it.


Race is an extremely sensitive issue that haunts our society. The movie took on these taboo issues and showed many different disturbing images that still clouds over us. The first example I wanted to talk about was the “jolly nigger bank”. After all of our readings and documentaries I immediately made the connection that people assumed that slaves were always happy, leading to that type of invention. What I don’t understand is how people would even purchase such an item. The image of an extremely dark faced man and white eyes still surrounds us. Sloan picked this item to give to Delacroix because he had become so obsessed with making money, forgetting the damage he was doing to our culture. In turn he became the image that is seen on the “jolly nigger bank”, because he was the one making the money leaving him happy for only a short time.
The two boys that Delacroix hires to play the parts of Mantan and SleepandEat start off not really realizing the type of image they are going to be portraying. Since they didn’t have much money this was an opportunity of a life time, but soon they start realizing the trouble behind the roles that they are playing. It’s interesting that both characters were gifted with singing and dancing, something that was so prized by slave owners in the past. The reason so many slave owners prized singing and dancing is because they thought it proved that their slaves were content, and also because they found it entertaining. I think that the boy’s turning point came each time they had to paint on the “black face” onto their already black skin. Since these young men didn’t know much history about the “black face” I found it interesting that Lee took the time to explain how they made their tar to blacken their faces. Mantan and SleepandEat would each take three wine corks and add alcohol then light them on fire adding water to make the charcoaled paste. Every time they would make this paste there would be an image of their faces in the mirror. I think the best part of the movie was for both of these young men to finally realize how much their job was hurting not only them but also their society. After realizing that painting their faces was a negative thing keeping them down, they also can begin to see the connection with singing and dancing. Something that they used to prize ended up becoming the reasons why they had to leave their jobs, portraying those images could only send out negative images to the youth of today.
Sloan’s brother “Big Black Africa” was another type of extreme in the film. He fits the stereotypes that some people associate with all rappers today. “Big Black Africa” was aware of the negative images portrayed on television about African Americans, but he had a more violent view on trying to stop prejudice. What he was not aware of was the type of image he was giving off about his race. Even though he despised Manray for dancing and singing on television, he too was putting himself in a vulnerable position by relying only on violence. In “Bamboozled” Lee doesn’t limit himself to touch on only certain stereotypes, instead he hits on many sensitive issues trying to break them down.

Monday, February 13, 2006

EAA Chapter 19

Chapter 19-Fallacies of Argument

Fallacies—arguments supposedly flawed by their very nature or structure; as such, you should avoid them in your own writing and challenge them in arguments you hear or read
Fallacies make productive argument more difficult
“Either-or” arguments are often dangerous to use in your writing
Bandwagon approaches also are fallacies that are easy to fall into
Appeal is among the most potentially serious and permanently damaging flashpoints of argument
A writer who attemputs to persuade by asserting or assuming that a particular position is the only one conceivably acceptable within a community is trying to enforce dogmatism

Sunday, February 12, 2006

EAA Chapter 21

Chapter 21-Evaluating and Using Sources

Electronic Sources

Make sure you are aware of who posted the document and when
“.com” stands for commercial
“.org” stands for nonprofit organization
“.edu” stands for educational institution
Always know how current the site is that you are viewing

Using Sources

Keep careful record of all of your sources
Be sure to get the name of the author, title, publisher, city of publication, date of publication, and page numbers
With electronic sources be sure to keep the address handy
When introducing a source into your work be sure to use appropriate signal words that are positive (advises, agrees, reports are just a few examples)
With quotations be sure to use the guidelines located on page 419
Paraphrasing involves putting an author’s material into your own words and sentence structures.
A summary is a significantly shortened version of a passages—or even a whole chapter of a work—that captures the main ideas in your own words
Remember if you use a visual in your work to cite it as you would any type of source

Saturday, February 11, 2006

EAA Chapter 2 summary

Chapter 2

Who we are and where we come from in some sense can determine how we write and what we write about.
When you read or write arguments you have to always be aware that your audience may not agree with you—plus they could be more knowledgeable on the subject, so you should always do your homework on the topic.
“Connecting” means learning to identify with a writer or reader, imagining yourself in someone else’s shoes or helping others to slip into yours.
Try to build trust with your readers, before you agree with an argument, make sure they really understand what you are trying to say.

Finding Arguments from the Heart

Appeal to the readers’ emotions and feelings
Emotions seem tricky because they could come off too harsh (like the example for the Drinking and Driving ad)
Find a legitimate emotion to accompany your argument
Be careful using humor, satire, and parody because it could make some arguments seem less important

Finding Arguments Based on Values

Values resemble emotional appeals, but they work chiefly within specific groups of people
Most of the time writers take one or two routes
1. Ask others to live up to higher principles, respected traditions, or new values
2. Complain that they have not done so. And always be sure to consider what values your readers hold

Finding Arguments Bases on Character

Readers tend to believe writers who seem honest
Whatever type of language you use can signal to the reader that you are hot-headed or judgmental, again be careful
Strong organization signals to the reader that your in control
More documentations show more research and truth

Finding Arguments Based on Facts and Reasons

The writer should make a claim followed by an argument that you choose to either support or not
You should always read arguments critically testing every assumption, claim, fact, and source
When composing an argument BRAINSTORM and GET EVIDENCE
Be careful of what you trust on the internet

Friday, February 10, 2006

Small Town Life

I’m from Tappahannock, Va which some might call the sticks. So for the weekend I have come back home to return to my roots. It is just so different when you travel those 50 miles from the big city to here. The first difference is how friendly everyone is. When you get on a back road everyone waves and honks their horn to say hello. It doesn’t matter if they know you or not, its just a friendly gesture.
My first stop on my journey home was to say hello to my sister, who just had a baby a year and a half ago. I was very disappointed to see that little Miss. Gracie Mae was asleep and that I couldn’t play with her. But my sister and I took that opportunity to catch up on small town gossip. You know things such as “hunting season is over” or “Nascar is about to start up in a few weeks”. Since I don’t get to see her all the time it’s just nice to shoot the shit about pretty much anything.
Next on my list was to stop by my old school, St. Margaret’s and say hello to my mom who works in the Admission’s office. I love going back there because everyone is just always so eager to see what’s going on in my life. I have a much stronger connection with the teachers there compared to that of Randolph Macon. I just feel more at home when I go to St. Margaret’s, even though I may have dreaded my five years at an all girl’s school.
It’s my boyfriend’s birthday today(his name is Matt), so now I’m at his families house having a good home cooked meal (topped off with a little home made wine). Then it’s off to the only bar in Tappahannock called Ferebee’s. I know that you all may not care about this, but it’s hilarious to me so I thought I would share.
Walking into Ferebee’s is like walking into a twilight zone. Everyone who didn’t go off to college still remains exactly the same. The endless gossip, the random hook-up, and the jealousy of those who went off and left good ole’ T-town still remain exactly how I left them. The only good thing about this bar are the bands that they bring in. And believe me, they sing country, oldies, and yes even rap. I would compare Ferebee’s to a high school reunion, only it’s every weekend of the year.
So sorry to cut this one short, but it’s off to small town living for me. Always good to get away from the city and be with family and friends.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

The Eyes

I was sitting at the Doctor's office today, and just started free writing about anything I saw. This is what I came up with...


Their skin is so smooth—
Smooth enough that with each glide of a fingertip their soft skin begins to sigh.
With each breath that I take—
I breathe in the freshness that only fields of fiery sunflowers can invoke.
With each giggle or laugh—
My body begins to swell with the warmth and love only a baby can provide.

As time moves on their energy grows
Bursting at the seams of their clothes that no longer fit.
Their minds begin to wander
Over the questions that surround their every step.
And their hopes and dreams remain in the wish that only time can bring.
These golden ages that hold all of life’s secrets and freedoms
Can’t last forever.

What’s next one might ask?
Only growth and the passing of more
Time.
What remains the same, one might ponder?
The Eyes.

As times passes, the skin that was once so smooth
Begins to fade.
The smell that was once so fresh
Begins to ripen.
The energy that once fueled the constant rosy cheeks of a child
Begins to transform into the exhaustion caused by aging.
The giggle that once stopped people in their tracks
Begins to turn into a pitiful sigh.

But as the familiar leaves the body it once called home for so long
One thing remains…
The sparkle
The luster
The instrument that allowed you to witness growth in its purest form.
As everything begins to fade…
Only the Eyes remain unscathed.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

"Stupid Girls"

"stupid girls, stupid girls, stupid girls.
Maybe if I act like that,that guy would call me back,wanna paparazzi girl?I don’t wanna be a stupid girl-stupid girls
"stupid girls, stupid girls, stupid girls
Maybe if I act like that,that guy would call me back,wanna paparazzi girl?I don’t wanna be a stupid girl
Go to Fred Segal you'll find them there laughin' loud so all the little people stare looking for their daddy to pay for the champagne drop their names
What happened to the dream of a girl president? She's dancing in the video next to 50 cent. They travel in packs of 2 or 3 with their itsy bitsy doggies and their teenie weenie tees.
Where oh where have the smart people gone? Oh where oh where could they be?
Maybe if I act like that,that guy would call me back,wanna paparazzi girl?I don’t wanna be a stupid girl
Maybe if I act like that,flippin' my blonde hair back,push up my bra like that,I don't wanna be a stupid girl
The disease is growing its epidemic I'm scared that there ain't a cure. The world believes it and I'm going crazy I can not take anymore
I'm so glad that I'll never fit in, that will never be me, outcasts and girls with ambition that's what I wanna see.
Disasters all around... (disasters all around)a world of despair their only concern will it f*** up my hair?
Maybe if I act like that,that guy would call me back,wanna paparazzi girl?I don’t wanna be a stupid girl
Maybe if I act like that,flippin' my blonde hair back,push up my bra like that,I don't wanna be a stupid girl
pretty will u F*** me girl silly as a lucky girl pull my hair I’ll s*** it girl Stupid girl!
pretty will u F*** me girl silly as a lucky girl pull my hair I’ll s*** it girl Stupid girl!
Maybe if I act like that,flippin' my blonde hair back,push up my bra like that,I don't wanna be a stupid girl"


Just to let everyone know this is Pink's newest song called "Stupid Girls". So if it didn't flow that well by reading it, I suggest you listen to it and watch the video. I'll be the first to admit that some parts of my personality fall into this "stupid girl" stereotype. But I'll also be the first to tell you that their is more to me than lip gloss and cute clothes. The lyrics to this song though are very powerful, and definately affected me enough to write about it.
Our society today is very much based on name brands and fitting in with the popular crowd. Our youth are looking up to young women like Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, and Jessica Simpson as their role models. This is a HUGE problem. What have these women really done to make a name for them? First we have Lindsay Lohan, a girl who got caught in the spotlight at a young age and found herself drinking, doing drugs, getting in wrecks (because of the paparazzi of course) and the latest, struggling with an eating disorder. Now I’m not going to lie I love her in “Mean Girls”, but this isn’t something that I want my niece who isn’t even two yet, to look up to as a role model.
Paris Hilton, where do we even begin? I guess with the infamous sex tape, who I’m pretty sure everyone has heard of. Now what you do in the privacy of your own home is your business, but when it makes it to the homes of many across America there could be a problem. What has Paris Hilton done? She has starred in a funny “reality” show, and a few movies here and there (that made it to Blockbuster in record time I might add). She hasn’t left a lasting impression on anyone except for phrases such as “that’s hot” and “love it”. So once these catchy phrases hit the tabloids, little girls as young as four started using her trademark phrases. Four years old is a little young to start turning into a ditz, but with girls like this constantly in the spotlight it’s going to keep happening.
Now we have Jessica Simpson, absolutely gorgeous, and has a pretty good singing voice, but she’s made her fortune on acting dumb. So what’s the message that kids are getting from all of this? Basically that it’s ok to be stupid as long as you are cute and wearing the right labels, making you the most popular girl. That’s why I love this song and the video, Pink who is not known as one of Hollywood’s “it” girls is really trying to take a stand and get her point across. Women such as Reese Witherspoon, Ellen Degeneres, Oprah, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Julia Roberts are just a few of the many educated women that kids could look to. When you listen to any of these women get interviewed they have something to say that is truly worth listening too. I know that these “it” girls are going to stay in the spotlight, but I just hope that parents today try to expose their daughters to more influential women.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

J/Discuss your experience with writing. How do you understand yourself as a writer? What are your strengths and weaknesses? What are your writing techniques/process (i.e. Do you do any prewriting? Are you are compulsive drafter? Do you wait until the last minute? Do you use paper or a computer to compose? Do you follow any formulas for writing?)

Writing has always been very personal to me. In the past I have never really been that eager to share my writing with anyone else, but I’m getting better with it. I write the most at night, its my outlet for stress, long days, or just boredom. As a child though I would write these really interesting mystery stories, and I was pretty creative. As time went on I think the creativity started to fade, which is what led me to start writing in a journal. To be honest with you I’m not really sure if I have any strengths with writing (one of the most important reasons why I’m taking this class), but I know my weaknesses. I’ve noticed a trend in my writing, I never really have a strong beginning or end. This is one of the most annoying things about the writing process because I could have something really great to say, but it takes so long to get there after pushing through the boredom at the beginning. I normally start the writing process with a loose list of any ideas that are popping into my head. I sometimes may progress to an outline, but other times I just start writing. Another weakness is the drafting process as a whole. Whenever I attempt a draft it just seems that I’m taking and adding a few tid bits here and there, leaving the paper pretty much the same to what I had started with. I always compose my paper on the computer, but I keep my prewriting to had written notes.

J/ Describe your expectations for this class. What do you expect this class to be? What is influencing your perceptions of this class? What do you want to leave this class knowing? What are your goals for the class? What are you looking forward to in the class? What are you nervous about? What is the most important change you want to see in yourself of your writing that you think this course could foster?

I came into this class with pretty high expectations. As an English major I love to read, but I am not confident in my writing. I know this class is going to push me to be writing more freequently as well as sharing my writing with classmates. I really want to just bring my confidence up when it comes to writing. After looking at the syllabus and the amount of time that you put into that, it gives me an idea of how much time your going to invest in helping everyone with there writing. I want to leave this class first and foremost with confidence. I also want to expand my vocabulary while writing, and also change my style. I’m not even sure what my style would be called, but I know that it could use a lot of work. My grammer is average, so I’m sure that by the end of this class it will improve. Something that I’ve encountered a lot since I’ve been at Randolph Macon is that a lot of Professors assume. This could be one of the reasons why I never can get a Works Cited sheet returned without it bleeding to death. Yes, I am always referred to “Fishtales” and it supposedly will tell me exactly how to compose it in proper MLA format, but I have yet to see any truth when applied to me. After looking back at some of my weaknesses it seems that a lot of important concepts of writing never really made it to me. I’m finally at the point where I realized that writing is going to be a part of my life, so I better start improving. After this class I hope that my confidence improves, as well as my skills