To be honest, Dr. A's syllabus scared me a little at the beginning of the semester. Broad guidelines for the papers, open topic blog posts, and a group presentation with the only guidance being "Consumption of Colombian telenovelas". You mean, I had the freedom to write about anything? Wait, Dr. A you mean you don't have a rubric on how we are going to be graded? In theory having the freedom to write about anything sounds great, but it honestly gave me anxiety.
All throughout high school and college, I was used to writing papers and doing projects by following specific guidelines. I knew that if I included everything I was supposed to and followed all the rules there would be no reason the get a bad grade. So I have to admit, the freedom Dr. A gave us in all of our assignments truly worried me at first. I remember writing my first blog post and think "what on earth should I write about? How long should it be? Does this sound too informal?" (This was about the same though process for the first paper and the consumption project).
Now, as we are nearing the end of the semester, I realize that this class challenged me to think in ways I never had before. Instead of following specific instructions from a syllabus, this class made me reflect on what I truly wanted to say and how I wanted to say it. And you know what? Figuring out what it is you want to say and not letting grades get in the way is hard. In a world where we have mostly been taught to follow so many guidelines, we almost start acting like robots. I am not trying to generalize by any means, I am simply talking from personal experience. As hard as this freedom was for me at first, I am so glad Dr. A gave us this opportunity. Yes, I have learned all kinds of things about telenovelas in this class but the most important lesson I gained was to actually think about my personal opinions. This class taught me that it is okay to express myself and I am really appreciative of that.