Professor Steven Alvarez
27 May 2011
This class was definitely challenging enough to be my senior seminar. There was a lot or reading to do. Some days, I felt a little overwhelmed with the amount of reading that we were assigned (specifically when we were assigned Christopher Unborn over Spring Break). I love to read and I was expecting a good amount of reading in a seminar class, but I think that one less book might have helped me stress less. Even though books such as Paterson, Christopher Unborn, and Omeros were harder to get through, I am still glad that we read them. I enjoy reading new styles or works that I would not read otherwise. I liked that each of us was able to present one of our blogs in class. I know we do not always have the time to discuss the books that much, so these presentation were a good way for me and my classmates to explain our thoughts, ideas, and questions. This class is the pinnacle of my English career at Queens College and I think that I used all of the skills that I have accumulated over the past four years in this class. We researched, focused on MLA format, explicated quotes, and made our work our own. These are all important things that being an English major has taught me and this class did its job in including all of these elements into the curriculum.
The blogging this semester was a lot of work, but it was well worth it in the end. Since almost all of the blogs included quotes and analysis, by the end of the semester my blog turned out to be a great resource for my final paper. I am glad that we blogged because it gave me the opportunity to put down all of my thoughts that I otherwise could have forgotten. The one suggestion I have is to possibly decrease the final blog count from 40 to 35. By the time I got to 36 I was struggling. Maybe we could have done 35 blogs and five comments on other people’s blogs so it would still add up to 40 points. Plus, this would have given us more incentive to look at our classmates’ blogs. Overall, I am happy that I took this course and I am proud of the work I have done. I am glad that this is the way I am ending my enrollment in English classes.