Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Language as a way of Knowing Presentation experience

I was nervous about the presentation for a few reasons. Being put with a group of individuals I had never worked in close proximity with was hard for me. I'm so used to being the smartest in my group or being surrounded by friends who make it easy for me to express myself. I've never been surrounding by so many smart, unique people. This is the core of IB and it was hard for me to come to terms with this new norm. The project forced me to face this fear head on.

Towards the beginning of the project I was hesitant to express ideas, concerns, and comments that I felt would benefit the project. I felt that the ones in my group were more capable than me, and that my ideas my hinder the group for being the best it could be. After talking to Brewer, I realized for my grade I would have to speak up and it turned out to be the best thing for me.

The group challenged me in ways I wouldn't have allowed myself to be challenged if it were my decision. Being forced out into the deep end opened my eyes. It turns out, the people in my group were some of the most interesting people. The aspects that each of us brought to the table made for a beautiful end product. Hearing Eva talk gave me a whole new perspective on a project that my friend group and I would have just gone through the motions with. Being in a group with a student with so much passion towards the topic of language was so much more beneficial to me than being in a group with the people I would have chosen, if given the chance.

Over the few days we had to work on the project, our group excelled and we were the first to present. This was another problem for me, as I was worried about knowing what to say, when to say it, and how to say it. However, my groups engagement encouraged me to be engaged and eased my worries about the presentation. I talked more than I thought I would have been able to and my group worked together in such a way that everyone was able to voice their own takes on the topic, which made for great discussion. The presentation went well, along with all of the activities we had planned and it turned out to be a fun process overall, despite my pessimistic attitude in the beginning. I don' think I would change a thing, other than maybe being able to delve deeper into works in translation and different takes individuals have depending on translation.

I think the project taught me more about IB than about linguistics. Being challenged to step out on a limb helped me understand that this class is more than just a class where I'll go through the motions. I'm surrounded by so many different people, so many smart people, that have all different takes on things. Everyone is as engaged as I am and for better or worse we are in it together. The only thing I would change about the project is my bad attitude in the beginning towards the thought of leaving my comfort zone, because that's part of what makes IB so unique.

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