• Blackboard was out for a significant amount of the evening on Nov.29th, and some of you may have had problems turning in your meme and other assignments. Some of you emailed me about this! Remember if you run into technical difficulties with Blackboard, it's always best to call the IT (Information Technology) Help Desk at 825-2692.

5 Minute (Or More) Reflection on First-Year Symposium

Your task here is to create an act of synthesis! Synthesis is a written discussion that draws on one or more sources. For example, your Media's Construction of Gender Essay is a piece of synthesis writing because you are incorporating and citing multiple sources in your paper. So, here you are going to think about your experience presenting at First-Year Symposium as a "source" and the four questions from the prompt for the Learning Community B Final Portfolio as another. Here are those questions:

  • Learning Community B has asked that you adopt/perform the role of the “writer” in many different new situations. What does “a writer” do, and how does it feel to be a “novice writer” working in a college setting? How have you responded to the challenges of being a writer?
  • Identify and explain one concept from Sociology that has helped you to understand something significant about yourself and your interactions with other people from a new and, perhaps, startling perspective. Provide a concrete example of how this concept has affected your experience in the world.
  • Illustrate some of the ways that you have used goal setting, critical thinking, and personal responsibility in Learning Community B to address problems and learning situations, both in and outside of the classroom. How have these things contributed to your development as a student?
  • How has your knowledge about how individuals interact and function as a part of a team expanded as a result of work you have done in Learning Community B? What are some advantages of collaboration? What are some disadvantages?

You need to respond to 3 of the bullet points by making connections to your First-Year Symposium Experience! Let's get to synthesizing! Write quickly!

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