Okay, so this week I gotta say was difficult, more difficult than any week so far. I began the week feeling excited and on top of everything I need to do for this class and looking forward to learning and working with my classmates in creating learning.
But then life happened.
First, I started the reading assignment which I must say was very interesting and engaging on DIY media, but unfortunately I found about ¾ in that I was annotating in a different document than the rest of my small group. I’m not exactly sure how that happened, as it was the link I had followed from the syllabus, but by Wednesday, when I saw no one else had contributed, I started to get suspicious. I was able to search and find where my small group was annotating and I went back and re-annotated what I had already contributed, which was frustrating.
I had a crazy busy week at work, which required additional evening work. Then I was sick with a stomach flu for about a day and a half unable to even sit or stand. Finally, I had a death in my family which was not only sad and difficult, but also resulted in a family member who had downed a 5th of rum, keeping me up until 8am grieving and crying and demanding I stay up with them. It was a challenging week to say the least.
I was not going to let this keep me from completing the requirements of my class. This particular family member was verbally abusive and referenced my graduate program as evidence that I was selfish, not a good person, and that I was too focused on advancement in myself and my career.
I was supportive, I stayed up to comfort this person as well as I could and finally got them to bed around 8am, but this also made me determined. I told myself I would indeed complete the weekly requirements of my summer course. I woke up, sleepy from a crazy evening, but unwavering in my resolve to complete the rest of the assignments required for my course.
Okay, so that seems pretty dramatic. I was extremely pleased that I was able to complete at least the minimum requirements for the week when it seemed completely impossible.
I feel I can definitely improve. For week 4, I plan to complete most assignments in the first few days of next week, as I will be traveling later in the week to a funeral.
This class is important to me. I’m proud of the work I have done so far, and feel that it is important to continue to improve and flourish in this class. This is not only a matter of completing a class for me. It is proof that I am making my learning a priority in my life and succeeding in creating the life I want to live.