The Inquiry of my Mind

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My crazy thoughts...

Did I ever mention that I really like to think? What do you think about this? If you click and actually read that page I would be impressed. I think that that is what I am going to be learning this summer (2013). I think that speedcubing is awesome. I think that about a lot of things. Here are some of my thoughts that occured during our daybook entry sessions.

What kind of writing really speaks to me?

Personally, I like writing that is abstract and daring. I usually tend to read about people who are similar or share interests with me, but when I am feeling less typical I like to read inspirational/motivational, personal/deep, sincere, informational, and knowledgeable pieces. That sums up most of everything I read when it comes to nonfiction. I really appreciate a true authentic voice when it comes to reading. I appreciate when someone is honest with how they feel and what they believe, but even more I appreciate when someone can debate something, but still stay understanding of others. I also really appreciate a piece that takes obvious risks and challenges something or the readers. I really enjoy reading pieces that challenge and question different aspects of our world. I feel authenticity, vulnerability, and the ability to take risks with writing really speaks to me when I read. I also want to be able to give this same kind of message in my writing. I feel it is great to reflect on what kind of reading really speaks to you because it allows you to further develop your own writing.

*Reflective Response:

I really like this piece because I really have a lot of respect for reflection. I feel that when we reflect it really gives us a chance to better ourselves. I further developed this piece so that it goes more in depth about the kind of writing I really appreciate when I read it. When I read a great book, article, website, or anything I feel really appreciative when it has given me something to think about. It even makes me feel more appreciative when it changes the way I once thought about something or when it changes my opinion about something completely. Of course I am a knowledge seeker so when I read something that reveals a lot of knowledge I am even more satisfied. Overall the authenticity and vulnerability a piece gives off I feel is really important over all. None of my favorite kind of pieces would hold as much affect without that.  

What do I feel about Krakauer's Into the Wild?

 I am really grateful for this book. Just as I explained in the previous post I really gain a lot from certain books that challenge typical norms. Krakauer took on a character, Chris McCandless, who was very unique and contradicting and presented him in a way that was very promising to me. No I do not idolize Chris McCandless, but I do admire many different things about him that I feel Krakauer did a fantastic job of displaying in the book. I loved the way that Krakauer organized the book. How it didn't follow any specific order, and how he let other people characterize Chris before he started off on his personal affairs and opinions. Everything about the book I found really enlightening. I really enjoyed the book. Specifically Chris's character was very interesting to me. In the beginning I was really intrigued by his character. I loved how witty and intelligent he was and I also found it easier to understand his need to escape from people. I felt like I was in his head and his unique world. I admired his strong set of morals and respected his passion for the outside, nature, and reading. Then, his personality somewhat contradicts himself towards the end of the book and there start to me more characteristics about Chris I find harder to understand and that simply I didn't like. I often found myself to stop reading and lay there and think about how different his character seems now from the one I loved in the beginning. Nonetheless, after I finished the book I felt I understood Chris more and even though there may have been some things I didn't like I still had so much respect for him. I wish I knew him and I wish we could talk about the things we know and share knowledge with each other. I feel like I would really enjoy that with him. I often wondered what it would be like if he were alive today, but that is not how life is. Reading about Chris McCandless really changed the way I think about nature and life. I use to think negatively about the outside and I probably won't become a nature fanatic any time soon, but I have a lot more respect now for people who love the outdoors because now I see what draws them there. Even some of the personal excerpts from Krakauer opened my eyes to this. Overall, I really loved this book and it will be one of my favorites for a while. 

*Reflective Response:

I added a lot more to this post because I believe that reading this book and enjoying it as much as I did really helped me to think a lot differently and as a result write my Into the Wild analysis better. I really appreciate how Ms. Andrews gives us a chance to reflect on how we feel about things we do in the class with the daybooks. I really wanted a chance to just write about how I felt about reading this book and I got that chance. This piece really allowed me to connect with someone else and their opinions. I have a lot of respect for Krakauer and Chris McCandless and I really am glad I was able to read this book.

What is my Research Process and how The Curious Researcher opened my mind to better ways to research!

My usual process for research is to search all over the internet, reading a lot of different articles and finding what ideas correlate in order to figure out which ideas are true or false. I also like to go to recommended sites for certain specific knowledge. If I want opinionated information I also go to Yahoo answers, but I wouldn’t use that information for a research paper or anything. is a great site that I found after watching the Science channel and it is really informal and thought provoking and after being in this class I learned in can even be a great resource. Youtube is also a great place for mass amounts of information, you just have to be careful and make sure it is reliable. The Curious Researcher really opened my mind to the vast amount of resources out there to get valuable information from. I realize that my information base wasn't as broad as I thought. I plan to use the library websites (and our library), encyclopedia links, and the other resources that is mentioned in the book for my own personal resource and for future use in any other research projects I may be faced with in the future. The book is truly a great resource and gives students a clear and informational understanding of how to approach the task of researching for an academic essay. I really wasn't sure what to expect on the research end of this book, but I was really pleasantly surprised with the results. Not only was the research information helpful, but so was the actually prewriting activities and exercises. All of it was really beneficial and I can see myself using this information in the further and increasing my research, prewriting, and writing skills.

*Reflective Response:

The Curious Researcher really helped me to answer some questions I had about the research paper and the proper steps a student should take to gain the most out of the experience. I really appreciate the opportunity that reading this book and actually doing the inquiry project has given me. I plan to use the knowledge I have gained here inside and outside of school so that I can build better writing habits and further develop who I want to be as a writer of text.

Who is my imagined audience for my Inquiry Project and why?

I wanted to think more critically about who I wanted my audience to really be for this project. When I first wrote this journal I wasn't really thinking about my audience. Instead I was thinking about how I was going to write it. As I wrote this journal entry in the daybook I really began thinking about how understanding my audience is really important. I remember from English 1101 how we analyzed rhetorical situations and understanding who my audience can be is a very crucial part of that analysis.

As I write this now and further develop this entry I want to think more critically about who I intended my audience to be. I know that I wanted to reach out to people who may be in the same situation I was because I know very well that there are people out there as confused and lost as I was who are searching for answers. They need to know that if they out seeking for a specific diagnosis the chances of them hearing what they want to hear is lower than they think. I don't want them to get stuck on the idea of the "perfect diagnosis" and I would hope that when they read my paper they put their needs first. Then there is another side to it all. There are the highly educated doctors who make unethical decisions when diagnosing because of personal reasons. I feel they are also loosing sight of the true objective because they are putting their own subjective thoughts before the actually objective of helping their patients. I feel that maybe since I am so uneducated in their eyes they wouldn't really be my audience, but I would expect to reach out to them as well. Then there is the conformity side of my thesis. I want to challenge everyone no matter what they are dealing with to focus on the true objective. Conformity usual surpasses understanding and altruism. I believe this is a huge issue. If more people stood up against conformity and the harmful social abuse that it can cause people with Aspergers and other co-occurring conditions/issues then the world would be a better place. So let me ask you this, what does the true objective mean to you?

*Reflective Response:

I feel that sometimes as a writer I do not take enough time to truly analyze critically who my audience could really be. This is a downfall so I wanted to further extend this piece because I realize how important it is to be able to understand and analyze who your potential audience could be. I also would like to mention that besides the specific audiences I mentioned above I am also aware that people who are just curious of a subject can also be considered an audience. I firmly believe it is hard when writing a paper like this to only imagine one specific audience. I prefer to analyze and understand all the different kinds of audiences I could possibly reach out to and try to make a good diverse paper that could hopefully reach all of them. I want to further develop this theory and the best way to do that is to reflect on who my intended audience is and why.

Peer Response VS Revision

I read Straub's opinion on proper peer response in English 1101, but I still like it this time so I decided to further extend how I feel about it. Although I am not the type of person who prefers face to face peer responses I really do see the benefits of peer response over simply revisions if done correctly. I really thought negatively about having peers look at my work because most of the time it was just a revision and even though I appreciated this it didn't really help me to think more about how I can improve the paper. Peer responses on the other hand if done how Straub explains it can really benefit the writer and help give them valuable information that can not only give the writer confidence, but it can also help guide them on how to further improve on the piece. I believe that peer responses are very valuable, but they can also backfire if the peers responding are not following in the footsteps that Straub is explaining. I know that you can control your peers, but I find the information I learned here to be valuable. Even though I do not always feel comfortable giving peer responses face to face, I want to do my best to give a valuable response.

*Reflective Response:

I chose this piece because I feel it really helps me to develop as a learner, a reader, and a writer when I go over how proper peer responses can be really beneficial. Even though I may not enjoy doing them, I do know that it is important for me to consider the ideas and techniques that Straub mentioned if I am going to be participating in a peer response. It is important to give back proper peer response because I received some great responses back during this class and I know how helpful it can be. So I want to make sure that as a writer and reader of text if I ever have to I am giving back meaningful responses.