The Law of Diminishing Returns

Essay 2 is now in the hands of Professor Stacy.  This assignment was a hair pulling experience.  Nonetheless, I learned a lot of things that I did not know.  As for the persuasive stand point, it was very difficult to grasp an arguement that would no way change the outcome of history.  It is what it is.  Perhaps that is where my weakness lies. 

My revisions to the essay were to strengthen my thesis statement.  It wasn’t a clearly defined point and rather muddled.  Lots of grammar corrections and citations needed to be added and double checked and the flow of the paper refined.  I looked at that paper everyday, to the point that I couldn’t see the forest from the trees.  As my daughter commented, “There is a law of diminished returns. At some point you have to declare DONE and just be happy with it.”  This paper may not be the shining piece that I struggled to produce but it was done with hard honest work.  After all we are in this class to learn. 

While I await the fate of Essay 2, work on my Ala Carte piece is in the process.  Looming on the horizon is Essay 3…

Ahh…Rest and Relaxation, NOT!

Wonderful spring break, time to put the books away and relax.  Get back in touch with the world around you; take a vacation to a sunny spot; or use the time to do some spring cleaning.  Not on my agenda. 

 I did go and visit my daughter and grandkids for a few days.  There I enjoyed the time spent with those precious little ones and tried not to be an inconvenience to my daughter.  All the while thinking about the school work still on my desk. I did have good intentions and brought some of it with me for the long weekend.  The grandkids were my distractions (and such cute ones to boot!).

On the flight home I planned my week out, making my list of tasks that needed to be completed this week.  By the time my flight landed Monday night, I had worked myself into a crazed mad woman!  How was I going to accomplish all that needed to be done in just under a week!?!  I was so stressed out over it all that I had trouble sleeping and had to get up early for work. 

Not only did I need to still do more major revising of my essay and send it through Safe Assign for a quick check, I have two tests to study for and still have my Ala Carte project to complete!  It is times like this that I wish I could have just a few more hours in the day.  Which brings us to the time change and having to adjust to losing that hour!  Okay, some of you might not notice the small change and I really do like more daylight in the evening, but my body sure can feel that small one hour change! 

My husband always tells me that I will get it done because I always do.  But one of these days I just might not get it all done and that scares the bejesus out of me!  I am not one who takes failure or less than perfect lightly.  Typical of a Type A personality. 

So here I am, Sunday afternoon and my essay is just about done.  It still needs one last coat of polish and a humble prayer.  My Philosophy book is open and note cards are being made.  The algebra is sitting here awaiting my attention. Nothing like a deadline to keep the blood flowing or should I say the brain!

I think I lost a few brain cells…

This semester has turned out to be totally different from what I imagined it at the beginning.  Working fulltime, taking 3 classes, plus trying to get ready to run the Triple Crown and Mini Marathon has taken every minute of my time.  I thought that my Algebra class would have been the big time eater and I was really worried about Philosophy, but Writing II has got them all beat!  I rewrote my essay 3 times at least!  I’d start and not like it and start over again.  This one is not what I had hoped it would be.  Maybe I am trying too hard?  Maybe I researched too much?  Maybe I picked the wrong topic to write about?  Problem is there is no time left to do any changing of topics (and I truly thought that I could write a great piece).  My problem, I don’t know how to argue! I struggle with formulating a point that is one I want to make!  In my work I am usually writing things that are technical in nature, no opinions needed.  Straight forward stuff.  And it is plain to see in my essay that I need work in the area of persuasion.  I have one peer review in and it wasn’t a shining one, but a constructive one nonetheless.  So its roll up the sleeves time and lock myself in a room somewhere and have a heart to heart with this essay. 

I know I am not alone in this stressed out worried and crazy time we are having.  Many of the posts I am reading shows we are all wanting to deliver a good essay and are struggling with the format.  We have to remember that we are “learning” to write.  If we already knew how to write, why would we take this class? 

To all my stressed out classmates, this too shall pass, I hope…