I am going to be perfectly honest with you, internet (though I will still try to be polite). I find this class terribly frustrating for two reasons. One personal, and one in execution.
First off, I had to cancel my free trip to Israel (through a program, Birthright, that sends young Jewish people to experience Israel) because of this class. It was a very recent and devastating blow, but I need to take this course right now in order to graduate on time. So I think I would be a little bitter no matter what about this. However, I was hoping that the value of this class would become immediately apparent to me so I could further validate my decision. Basically, this class is a prerequisite for all my upper level science classes because this is a “research” class. However I honestly do not feel that learning to use Twitter and make a blog will get me any further than I would have been in that regard. So I am frustrated.
However, I will now express my frustration on the second level. I feel like this class is taking on too much. Or maybe it just expands in too many directions. I feel so exasperated and frightened because I don’t feel like I have control over this. There are like 6 different websites I am supposed to jump back and forth between, monitor, and interact with. There are multiple syllabi and class sites, all with different information. For instance, this assignment was not on the weekly homework calendar and I almost didn’t realize I had to do it until I saw so many other posts! As a straight A student who likes to work ahead and achieve, this class fills me with anxiety because I do not know what is expected of me and I am so nervous that I may accidentally miss an assignment or be absent for a day. I have talked to other students who feel similarly which leads me to believe we all need to analyze what is going right and what is going wrong and fix it soon so everyone can get what they need to from this.
Research wise, I have enjoyed some aspects of these projects — particularly learning about how other people think. I don’t, however, have any idea how to start preparing for the final project or begin research because I am still so lost on the ultimate assignment. Hopefully things will be made clear in time.