I improve the best when I'm put under pressure, and that's no less true here.
Whether it's my own mistake missing some important information or just being overwhelmed by how much I need to take in, this course is challenging me in ways I didn't expect. It's hard, and it's stressful, and I'm excited to see if I can do my best with the limited time I have available.
Being up against adversity really adds something to learning experiences, and so far, I'm having my writing challenged in a way I didn't expect. I've had success with my writing online, but that's a very different story to writing for a professional college course and degree - some of the conventions and habits that I rely on simply won't work here.
The most important thing is that I keep moving. I just need to get over a few hurdles and things will begin to snowball - hopefully in a direction that will see me improve in the long-term.
This exercise was simple, but in a way that challenged my confidence in my own writing. The dream I used as inspiration for this piece was a recurring one that I've experienced dozens of times before, and that forced me to interpret the conglomerate of memories into a single linear piece.
When I entered this course, I wasn't sure what to expect, and felt woefully unprepared for the tasks ahead of me. However, learning to deal with the stress and nervousness by simply focusing on the tasks made my writing a lot clearer - I was forced to slow myself down to a reasonable pace.
This learning log is a part of that learning process, because I have no idea what to expect. I must admit that I'm very nervous, and that I still feel overwhelmed by everything that this course is presenting me with. I don't even know if I'm sure of the exact formatting and content required for a learning log, despite re-reading the guidelines multiple times.
The best I can do is write my thoughts down whenever I get the chance. While my freelance day job gets in the way sometimes, part of me wonders if the added pressure will help me get my act together.