Assignments and their annotations from the introductory Honors course.
I appreciated this early reflection. It gave me some time to reflect on why exactly I was here, and made me even more sure that I was in the right place. This assignment also helped with organizing my thoughts and goals for the quarter, for the year, and for the rest of my undergraduate years. It was also a nice excuse to learn more about the people living around me: before the assignment was due, people on the Honors floor would talk about what they wrote about and why they came to UW. All different stories, and a great chance to get to know my peers better. All of their paths were so different from my own, and it was interesting to hear their stories in comparison with mine.
This assignment was a bit more challenging, as UW is a vast place and has so many academic nooks and extracurricular crannies that it felt a bit overwhelming at first-- even frustrating at points when something I came across was close to being a perfect fit for Alex, but not quite (like the Native American Law Center, which would be a great resource-- if she were a law student). However, even these near-misses could be real opportunities, and that was important to understand. Even if something doesn't seem to work at first, with a little tweaking, it could be perfect. This assignment also helped me explore the resources available to UW students and aid me when the time comes to research opportunities for myself.
Yeah, this was rough. Not only was this assignment overwhelming at first, it was also stressful to look so far in advance. I planned for a biochemistry major, and didn't really take into account a possible minor (which I'm still deciding on at this point). And even when I finished the assignment, it was still daunting because it was just a rough draft-- and this plan would probably not come to fruition in its entirety. So it was a rough rough draft, at best. At any rate, there was some comfort in knowing that I had an idea, however vague, of what the next four years would bring. And I got familiar with the MyPlan set up, which is going to come in handy in the coming quarters. Edit: MyPlan was updated on January 22, 2014, to account for a planned anthropology minor! Woo!
Okay, I may have gotten a bit carried away with this one. I do like reflecting. This was a really nice wrap up of the quarter-- it helped me gather my thoughts and truly think about the past 10 weeks. Like the early reflection, this similarly solidified the fact that I belong at UW, and my experiences and the people I've met illustrate that clearly. I believe that I will be able to look back on this assignment in future years and have a clear idea of what I was experiencing during my first quarter, since I did put a lot of time and effort into this. Like I said, I do like writing and reflecting on my journey (as this portfolio will hopefully become just one giant reflection of my time here), so this assignment was not a burden, but something I looked forward to writing.