Peer Reviews and Homecoming
I’ve never really been a very good writer. Reading was more of my strong point. Peer reviews were always sort of stressful for me because everyone was always so much better at writing than I was, so I was always nervous that when they read my papers and essays, they would laugh and judge and think, “What the hell is this?” So naturally, when we had to write our first memoir, I was a little anxious that I wouldn’t understand it or wouldn’t come up with a topic, but I made myself think it was going to be way worse than it actually was. While doing peer reviews, I always try and give more compliments than criticism because whenever I get criticized, it’s always nice to hear some things you did well, too. While we were in our groups, we had to have someone else read our paper, which I thought was a little weird at first. After the fact though, I thought it actually had a pretty good effect because hearing your words come out of someone else’s mouth gives you a better sense of what sounds good and what doesn’t, letting you know what you need to fix. I gave as many compliments to my group members as I could to be reassuring that they did do a good job. They gave me many compliments as well, making me surprised at my work and really making me confident that my first college paper was actually a good one. This peer editing experience made me confident in my memoir and that the rest of the semester will be a good step in my writing career.
In other news…Homecoming was yesterday! We didn’t win but it was a very fun first college homecoming! My boyfriend came up to spend the day with me and we went to tailgating to get food. I got my face painted with tiger stripes because I’m super festive. (Life Tip: Don’t get your face painted and then go sit out in the sun because you will get a stupid-looking tan from it.) So yeah, my face has stripes now. But anyway, later I went to the carnival on campus with my friends and we rode rides and I even (attempted) to climb the rock wall. I didn’t make it all the way up, but it was fun. I love events like this on campus because it makes me feel like I’m back at home!