For many students, my eight-week blogging assignment can be a tough slog that sometimes seems to be without end.
Students who struggle with writing can hate it. And even the stronger writers would sometimes rather be doing something else with their Friday nights (the assignment is due weekly at 11:59 p.m. Fridays, so procrastinators end up working weekends).
But then—like all things that eventually end—suddenly the assignment is over. Students are now looking over their shoulders and are realizing that they learned far more than they expected.
So my last weekly post for a while is dedicated to those students. Whether they hated or loved the assignment, this post is for those who threw themselves into it and used it as a vehicle to improve their writing week after week under my often very frank (meanie-newspaper-editor-style) evaluations.
I kept this last week open to students who wanted to improve their marks by publishing an extra post. So these last five posts are all written by the students who have stuck it out till the end and decided to try to up their marks just a little more.
If you read their prose, I’m sure you’ll be confident that they have succeeded.
Ciera Jones says goodbye to blogging but wonders whether this is really the end. Cier has been a strong blogger right from the start and seems to have found a superb medium for her razor-sharp writing style.
Always-cheeky writer Anna McNabb admits that the blogging assignment wasn’t as easy as she expected and shares what she learned in my Communications for Advertising class. I hope Anna keeps blogging (and working on her comma splices).
Victoria Gonidis has shown tremendous growth as a writer, particular in grammar. Well done, Victoria, with your last post. This is a pretty darned clean piece of writing. Here Victoria also reflects on the blogging assignment that she originally thought would be a “waste of my time.”
As students head into their major research project, Ceren Tinar (aka JJ) warns them to make sure they cite their sources and give credit where credit is due. Thanks for the lesson reinforcement, JJ.
Adam Wemp reflects on how technology is increasing the accessibility of information and the diverse ways the advertising industry is harnessing it. Read about Google Glass, QR codes, and now augmented reality advertising in his latest post.