This term, I had been a little braver: I took two courses. I am a mom and a second grade teacher with a side job. Therefore, I was hesitant to take the challenge (which is really, the regular mode for others) of two courses per term. I am on constant pain medication for a rare disease. Therefore, all-nighters are no longer possible. However, now, nearing the end of the term, I am glad that I took on the challenge. I may not finish with a 4.0 this time, but I believe I had given my best.
It has been tough, though. I attempted to post early for every assignment, discussion post, and project. I know the importance of time and of adhering to deadlines. However, the time constraint had been too much and I had to succumb to late posts from time to time. I have to admit I have also posted responses that I myself believe are sub-par, but I told myself, “It is better than nothing.” This is not the most ideal or responsible of thoughts, but it was what I was thinking at that time. I still have a love-hate relationship with APA. I know that by now, I should have mastered its main format. I will strive to do much better in this regard. Another challenge that I am still encountering is diction, the use of words that are appropriate to academic writing. My creative writing and feature writing past is still creeping up on me. Now, however, I am less stubborn. I recognize that academic writing lends more credibility compared to chatty writing, even when the latter may be easier to read or feel more free-flowing.