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Presentation reflection

My topic of my presentation is about lowering the minimum drinking age in the United States of America. The minimum legal drinking age in US now is 21 years old. I strongly believe that the minimum legal drinking age in America should be lowered. When I was doing the position paper goes alone with the presentation, I researched all the proponents’ and opponent’s opinions about lowering the drinking age. At first, I was on the opponents’ side. Because I thought government’s policy was still doing the positive effect to the society, prevent alcohol doing harm to the young adults. My presentation also went alone it. I was going to do a presentation that if we lowered the drinking age, we would do more harm to the society. But after doing some further research and readings, I found out that I was wrong, age has absolutely nothing to do with alcohol related harms and crimes. Immaturity and irresponsibility are the real reasons. Lowering drinking age may actually lower the chance of harming young adults. So after all these, I change my stand and changed my paper and presentation.

I’ve already talked about my paper in my revision. For the presentation, I feel myself much unprepared. Right before the presentation was due, like a day before, I just realized that the presentation should not contain a lot of words like normal presentations. It should be made of all images. So I delete my presentation and started over from the beginning. This was the stupidest mistake I’ve ever made during the whole process. Within my presentation, I put a slide called “My personal experience” in there. I think this is a very nice touch. I used my own experience to prove and strength my point.

I didn’t really practice much, so I didn’t do really well when I was presenting to my audience. I forgot a lot of materials I meant to cover. Couple times, I just stood there without saying anything, because I forgot what I meant to say. The biggest issue is that I forgot to mention Virginia tech.

So I guess I didn’t do really well on my presentation.

Course reflection

I cannot believe it has been a half year already since I walked into this university. Time goes so fast that I didn’t notice. Among all of my courses, I really enjoy this English 1105 at nine o’clock on every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. I like this class because it’s a small class, around 15-20 people. This is the perfect amount, just like high school. Professor and always interact with the students. Unlike English 1105, most of my courses are huge ones, about 300-350 people listening to one people, there is no way that professor and interact with everyone in the lecture hall, and answer everyone’s question. This is the first reason I really like my English class.

When I was in high school, I didn’t really like my English class, because there were always research paper to do. We didn’t do much in my English class in high school. We just read a couple of novels, simply discuss what’s about it. Then we wrote a research paper about it. I didn’t like it, not that I had trouble doing my assignment. It’s because I did the some assignment all the time, I want to do something new. This all changed after I walked into college.

The first day of class, professor talked about the things we were about to learn for the whole semester. I thought I was going to repeat everything again just like high school. But after I heard we were going to learn how to write narrative, position papers and learn to think rhetorically, I picked up my interest again.

During the process of learning and writing these new kinds of papers, I think I learned a lot from this course. Before this English class, I didn’t know how to write. My normal technique of writing is just google resource online then began writing. Now, if I’m a paper, I would sit for a few minutes, think about the things and facts I want to include in my paper, brainstorming. Then research the resources I want to use online. After that, I will do some free writing which I never tried before. Then I will begin writing.

Another thing that I really like in the class is the peer workshop. English is my second language, so I definitely had some grammar issues and wording problems in my papers. Most of the mistakes I can correct right after I finish my paper, by going through it. But there is some problem I cannot not find. My peers in the peer workshop are able to see them, and tell me the mistakes.

This course helped me a lot, I really appreciate my professor and this course.