Technical & Professional Communication
Friday, May 07, 2004
 
Hello All,
Today is the last day of class, I am so happy. I enjoy springs session because the semester seems to go by so quickly compared to the fall session. This class was fun, the topics we covered are going to be very useful. I hope that you all enjoy your summer.
Good by all.

Thursday, May 06, 2004
 
I'm so glad that the semester is almost over. I've been spending the last three weeks finishing up countless design projects, 3-D models of landscapes, several contour map drawings, landscape drafts, and 4 papers over 10-pages in length...

Note to self:
Never take 17 credits and 3 part-time jobs at the same time!

I've gotten a total of 12 hours of sleep since sunday. I'll be glad after this semester is over, the only problem is that the end is approaching faster than I can complete my projects. :-( I've only got 2 projects left, and 1 paper.

On a more positive note, I'd be willing to bet that I learned the most from this particular class than all of my others... It was much more beneficial than I thought it woud be at the beginning of the semester.

 
I can't believe this semester has finally come to an end! I'm so happy this week is almost over with tests and projects coming to a finish. What a good feeling it's to have my oral presentation over with and my final paper finished. See you all tomorrow for our last class! I hope you all have a wonderful summer.

 
Hey everyone-
I can't believe I am actually writing my last blog for the semester and hopefully for the rest of my life!!! I 'm not quite for sure what to write about, except to maybe comment on the fact that I am very excited this semester is almost over and I only have one final during finals week:) Even more, I am excited that my recommendation report is finished. I feel so relieved to have that completed!!!
Well, good luck to the rest of you who are finishing up on your reports and also as you study for your finals. I hope you all have great summer breaks!!!

 
OMG I'm DONE WITH WITH MY RECOMMENDATION REPORT! Still so much more to do in other classes :-P

Wednesday, May 05, 2004
 
Putting together the presentation was interesting. I wasn't sure what I wanted to put in and what I wanted to leave out. I felt it was more diffucult putting together my presentation this late as compare to the people who had presentation earlier in the semester. I felt I had to inlcude conclusions and recommendations which made my presenation way long. There was a lot of info I had to leave out and couldn't fully explain the solutions. I guess I just felt my presentation will have a very different prespective than student who did their presenations earlier in the semester. Mine will be more focused on the solutions vs the problem.

 
Wow, this semester went by so fast! I cannot wait to turn in my recommendation report, so that some weight is lifted off of my shoulders. We've learned quite a few things in this class, whether they'll all be of value in the future, we'll find out. I feel that the most beneficial documents that we studied in this course were: resumes, memos, and the recommendation report. Resumes and memos will be the most useful documents in our future workplaces, I'm sure. But I feel that the recommendation reports provided us with some valuable knowledge. Any report of that length is a challenge to organize, and so forth, but to be given the opportunity to write a report based solely on persuasion will be tremendously helpful for the future.

 
I am really looking forward to the summer break. I have been feeling extra stress this semester.
I hope that everyone's recomendation reports are going well and that you will be happy with what you are turning in on Friday. Personally, I have a little more work to do on the front matter and I am still trying to decide if I should include any back matter. Maybe if I do not see a clear need for any back matter I would just be making extra work for myself by including some.
Good luck to everyone on their finals next week!

 
Last week of classes. You can see the stress level rising with finals approaching. At least some get a small window of relief finishing up on papers and turning them in. The warmmer weather outside is making it difficult to study. I agree with many others the end is in sight and on the other side of 2 busy weeks. 3 months of summer!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, May 03, 2004
 
Last blog of the semester - yesssss! So I'm not sure what to write for the portfolio memo about what I would revise or change in an assignment. When I handed them in, they were as well done as I was capable of so without feedback, it's hard to know what was wrong or needed to be fixed. I mean, no paper is ever completely perfect and could always use a little tweaking but I guess I just don't know where to go with that. Anyway, my recommendation report is finally done and it is soooooo nice to get that weight off my shoulders!! Have a great summer everyone!

Sunday, May 02, 2004
 
Have any of you guys ever had a research paper that you were suppossed to work on the whole semester, and you finished it in one day? Well I did!!! This paper for my Family Psych class was an open-ended arguement paper that was suppossed to be backed by all scholarly sources, and it was 8-10 pages long! And I finished it all in one day! I am so proud of myself. I just hope that none of my T.A.'s use blogger Technical and Professional Writing, and see this, or I'm screwed. You guys just don't understand how happy I am! Anyways, I'm gonna go to bed, I'm so tired. Maybe I'll have some left-over pizza, although it kinda smells like updog? Nasty updog....I don't know, whats up wit you dog?

 
Another week goes by. The due dates slowly approach. I will be giving my oral presentation this week, so I need to put the finishing touches on than, and edit my paper as well. These next two weeks will be extremely busy, but after that I will have at least 24 hrs of nothing. Good luck to everyone with their papers.

 
Only one more week and then we are done and can relax for the summer. I am so happy this semester is almost over with. I have been under so much stress that past couple of weeks. I know that these next couple of weeks will be just as stressful, but we are getting closer to the end which keeps me going. Everyone has been doing great on the oral presentations which means there are probably going to be some really good recommendation reports handed in at the end of the semester. I am still working on pulling everything together, but I'm not too worried anymore about this report. I hope everyone elses papers are coming together and remember only two more weeks left and we are done for three months!!

 
Only one more week and then we are done and can relax for the summer. I am so happy this semester is almost over with. I have been under so much stress that past couple of weeks. I know that these next couple of weeks will be just as stressful, but we are getting closer to the end which keeps me going. Everyone has been doing great on the oral presentations which means there are probably going to be some really good recommendation reports handed in at the end of the semester. I am still working on pulling everything together, but I'm not too worried anymore about this report. I hope everyone elses papers are coming together and remember only two more weeks left and we are done for three months!!

 
Only one more week and then we are done and can relax for the summer. I am so happy this semester is almost over with. I have been under so much stress that past couple of weeks. I know that these next couple of weeks will be just as stressful, but we are getting closer to the end which keeps me going. Everyone has been doing great on the oral presentations which means there are probably going to be some really good recommendation reports handed in at the end of the semester. I am still working on pulling everything together, but I'm not too worried anymore about this report. I hope everyone elses papers are coming together and remember only two more weeks left and we are done for three months!!

 
I am really enjoying everyones oral presentations...Fridays topics sure sparked some exciting conversations. Listening to everyone elses topics and formats is really interesting, but it makes me think, gosh, I should have done that instead! On a more stressed note, I am not enjoying the fact that the end of the term is here, because I could really use two additonal weeks to work on all the projects I have. Unfortunately, I don't believe anyone will extend the term for me, so I'm not sure I will be sleeping for a while... Luckily, I don't believe I will fail anything (but I'm keeping the fingers crossed) and won't have homework for one whole month!! Yea!!!

 
I can't believe that this semester is almost over! The time has really flown by. Anyways, I'm really glad to finally have my oral report out of the way so I can concentrate on getting my recommendation report completed. All I really have left to do is all of the front matter. Good luck to everybody else left to present.

 
Five days left to go! Summer couldn't come soon enough this year. I'm glad that we got most of the stuff for our recommendation report done in the last few weeks so that it was not all piled up at the end. I have my presentation tomorrow, and then all that is left is putting together the portfolio for Friday. This has been a very busy semester, so hopefully everyone has something relaxing planned for this summer.

Friday, April 30, 2004
 
one week left. We are hitting the home stretch. Has any one asked yet about portfolio's we are suppose to turn in at the end of the semester??? I am just glad the semester is almost over. I have to admit my research has been real insightful and i will be able to use it towards my job. I just have to learn to quit prograstinating!!!

 
I'm sooooo happy for the last week of the semester! I have learned a great deal from writing the recommendation report. The process seems straight forward, but actually writing a clear argument was tough. I felt as though I needed to site a reference for each rhetorical statement. At least now I have more expertise on the topic I researched and good knowledge of the process to make things easier the next time around.

 
I don't know about anyone else, but I wish we had an extra day of peer review to get a better assessment of changes that need to be made to the paper. For this paper consisting of a large chunk of our grade, I wish we spent more time peer reviewing. I find peer review helpful because what usually makes sense to me totally confuses someone else. One person may have more backround knowledge on my topic too, so two peer reviews might hit a wider background of knowledge. This weekend will be busy with other subjects and with writing of the exec. summary, TOC, abstract and title page. Good luck to everyone working on the paper this weekend. Anyone know when BLOGS stop? Is this the last week since we have till Sunday to write and class is over next Friday? Thanks!

 
I have enjoyed listening to the oral reports given in class over the last couple of days. It is fun to see what other individuals are interested in as well as the different styles and approaches used for this assignment. In addition, i felt like the oral report opened my eyes to areas where my written report is not as strong. I'm glad i was able to go early in the week so i have enough time to make the necessary changes to my written report.

Thursday, April 29, 2004
 
We only have one more week of school! That is so exciting and crazy all at the same time! How are everyone’s papers coming together? Mine is coming along well. I have learned much more than I thought I was going to with this assignment, or group of assignments. Today I was looking on the Internet for some information to plug into one of the sections of my report and I came across reports, rather they were major market analyses for footwear, but it was great! They had abstracts and executive summaries. I can guarantee you that I probably would not have known what they were before this class. It is cool to see the knowledge I have gained being used already! Hope everyone had a great semester!


 
I have been having major issues with my oral report. I'm doing PowerPoint which I've used before, but I put in pictures I took with a digital camera. That made the file way too big so I couldn't get it to class - it wouldn't email and it was messed up when I wrote it to disk and brought it in. I figured I might have these issues so I'm really glad I signed up to give my oral very late in the semester. Yesterday I finally got the pictures shrunk down and inserted correctly into the slides so I think my problems are solved - finally!! The most frustrating thing was knowing that this project is only 5% of my grade and I was spending far too much time on it. Oh well, only one more week of classes!!!!!


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