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December 4, 2006

EL236 Progress of Our Lives

Progress of Our Lives will be back after this short commercial break.
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And now we return to Progress of Our Lives.

Here we find Karissa, a young woman completing her first semester of her senior year. She is sitting at her laptop typing a blog entry about her progress in a certain English class. In previous episodes, we watched Karissa as she felt a bit bored with the material in the class. With the help of her classmates' insight, however, Karissa has been able to find new facets of interest in topics that she may have originally found stale. In the early stages of this season, for example, Karissa found herself fed-up with what seemed to her repetitive assignments, but she was able to find new fire in subjects that felt like "old hat" to her. Discussion with her peers became very interesting--in and out of class--and she was able to find even little sparks of inspiration.

It seems that some of our heroine's peers find themselves frequently in agreement with her. Lori, for example, has had classes with Karissa since they were both freshmen in the EL227 Practices of Journalism course, and since they share a number of the same educational experiences, prior edisodes of Progress of Our Lives have featured Lori and Karissa in accord on a number of issues presented in the class. However, while she is in agreement and may be doing retakes of some information, Karissa has found herself growing (and quite passionately) in other ways beyond the texts.

At a dark part of this season, Karissa fell from her usual confidence at the hands of a foe: Interactive Fiction. Nonetheless, even though she struggled with this genre, it was only by her strong progressive-conservative will that Karissa pulled herself up by her proverbial bootstraps and was the bigger person. Karissa befriended IF. Quite nearly the climax of this season, the work Karissa has maintained with IF has pushed her in patience, writing (and not just regular fiction), and self-control.

As Karissa sits and types her reflective blog entry, she stops to ponder her overall growth in the course. Initially she hadn't expected that she would find so many examples of her reflected growth. Our episode begins as Karissa thinks about the conclusion of her final fall semester at Seton Hill: "I'm finally seeing it," she says. "I'm finally seeing myself change. Wow."

Thanks for watching Progress of Our Lives. Tune in later when we reveal the progress Karissa has made in her other classes this semester. This has been a K, J, & K Production, 2006.

Posted by KarissaKilgore at December 4, 2006 6:58 PM


I say out loud everyday, "Wow, I can see myself changing." Because I really can. I can actually see the progress I have made and the development and I feel that I am learning an enormous amount. I haven't ever really been able to see my change as clearly as I have been seeing it in the past two months. It's like I was separated from myself watching myself change, and now I'm all back together again, but somehow, fresher, more knowledgable, and more experienced. Seeing the change is kind of a scary thing; it makes me realize something even scarier: I'm growing up..and I'm going to be just fine.
As are you. We are almost here, Karissa, and I cannot believe it...the times we have had...

Posted by: Lori Rupert at December 4, 2006 9:00 PM

Now that's how to work a blog! Sweet format, Kiz.

Posted by: Amanda at December 6, 2006 4:00 PM

Ohh, thank you, Amanda :-D I just wasn't "feeling" the whole "let's do an academic reflection" thang. Haha, so a soap opera was the next logical conclusion? :-/ Not sure about that, but it worked. Glad you enjoyed it.

Posted by: Karissa at December 7, 2006 1:00 AM

This is by far one of the most interesting blogs I've seen you do all semester. You seem to be yet another one of the the EL 236ers who has grown really fond of IF games. Now I really feel lame since you got to liking it too. lol From someone who is going to graduate soon, it's nice to see you reflecting on your past experiences. For you it looks like the past classes you've had have only prepared you all too well for EL 236. I mean I can understand how you would get bored with it, seeing as you've taken so much of this online stuff already. I just appreciate someone with more years under her belt having her own Aha! moment.

Posted by: Rachel Prichard at December 12, 2006 12:59 AM

Gee, thanks, Rachel :-D I'm glad to know that my reflections help you with your own reflections on the course.

And trust me: when I'm not bogged down with academic blogging, my posts are WAY more interesting... some of them creative, some of them just things I want to write about. You can stop back now that class is over... it's okay... really :)

Posted by: Karissa at December 13, 2006 4:49 PM

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