peachdoxie:

I just cited my tumblr account in my English paper. I hope I’m not making a mistake.

Before I came to college I had never heard of a “google doc”, I was amazed how you could comment and receive feedback from anyone instantly. It really helped me to learn and revise my work, by allowing me to see exactly where I should edit certain parts of my writing. It was also new to have a classmate provide me with feedback so fast and not actually having to be face to face. Using a google doc form of media made me feel more personal with my professor and classmates. 

I have had my own personal tumblr since 8th grade, reblogging and positing pictures of things I love. I have never used or even thought of using a tumblr for an english paper, until now. When we were given the option to choose a media for our final inquiry portfolio, I choose Tumblr (of course) because I am so familiar with it. It was different to see how Tumblr can be used as a media to express all different kinds of things, even an english inquiry. 

Inquiry 4 allowed me to go out and actually interview people and get their opinions. I usually hate being on camera or having to ask people questions, and in high school I was never really asked to do this kind of  research for an english class. I thought the best way to reach my inquiry audience would be using real people, so I decided to finally try out interviewing people. This was a new experience for me, it did not end up being as awkward as I thought it might be, and it strongly benefitted my inquiry. 

Inquiry 4 allowed me to go out and actually interview people and get their opinions. I usually hate being on camera or having to ask people questions, and in high school I was never really asked to do this kind of  research for an english class. I thought the best way to reach my inquiry audience would be using real people, so I decided to finally try out interviewing people. This was a new experience for me, it did not end up being as awkward as I thought it might be, and it strongly benefitted my inquiry. 

Inquiry 4 took inquiry 3 and changed its media by requiring us to make it into a YouTube video. This changed the way the topic needed to be addressed because a YouTube audience is different than a scholarly audience, like used in inquiry 3. I constructed my video via iMovie. It was my first time ever using this program. I was never asked in high school to have to make a video for an english class, or change the media beyond Microsoft word. It was difficult at first to understand how to add effects and make the clips flow together, but by the end I was able to fully understand how to work iMovie. 

Inquiry 3 required us to use academic/scholarly sources. This was my first time exploring Miami’s library website. I used EBSCOhost to search for information on the topic of my paper; eating disorders/over exercising. In past english classes we focused more on just google information or books from the library. The scholarly sources are different because they are written by people like professors, mostly on research they conducted. The language was higher and the writing was more specific than past sources I had used, forcing me to think more to be able to understand it. 

Inquiry 2 required us to use YouTube as a media for writing a paper. I analyzed the video Brave by Sara Bareilles on what I believed she was trying to covey with her video and lyrics. This was my first time ever interpreting a YouTube video and writing a paper about it. Videos carry strong messages that you cannot justify by just simply writing in detail. The content in a video can be seen with different viewpoints by anyone who watches it.