I tend to never get close to people in my classes. I remember during one class discussion, I brought up this point; it seems like no one in my classes want to talk to each other or work together. We’d rather just stew in silence.
For some classes, I guess that’s fine. I’ve done extremely well in many classes without learning a single person’s name or having a conversation of any depth with the person sitting next to me. It works, but what does it do in the long run?
Absolutely nothing. I don’t grow as a person, and I certainly don’t have feelings of attachment to those classes or those people.
Writing 220 has been different because even though I don’t think I’ve ever been in a room of such academically and personally diverse people, we all came together and became a team when it came to our projects and our writing. I felt a sense of comfort going to North Quad every Monday and Wednesday morning, because I knew I would be greeted with a smile from the people in the room. It was definitely a nice change from the monotony of my other classes, and something that I’ll definitely miss.
Learning about people’s projects and the process of completing them, especially considering the diverse array of topics, really emphasized the fact that everyone has a unique perspective and passion to offer the world. And learning about these special passions makes one more proud and aware of their own unique traits and skills, even things that we didn’t even know made us stand out.
Therefore, I hope each and every one of us takes this class as an initiative to step forward in the future and get to know the people around us, because endless good things can come about if we do that.
The worst thing that happens is they don’t respond, and we just move on to the next one.