A final farewell

Well, summer semester has come to an end and this will be my last post for the class. At the start of the semester, we were asked to develop a persona. My persona is Olivia Sawyer, a makeup enthusiast that works part time in a makeup store. Everything that I’ve written about this semester relates to makeup, a topic that I am incredibly passionate about.

As the semester draws to a close, I am still passionate about makeup and I feel that I know more now thanks to some extensive research.

In my first actual post, which I ended up naming this blog after, I delved into my history with makeup and why it is important to me. In my post after that, I wrote a satirical piece on men’s opinions about makeup. These two pieces changed my perspective on this class.

For me, writing has always been a hassle and reading about writing is just as bad. I viewed this course as nothing but a necessary evil because I was taking it over the summer. A course for writing and reading over the summer? Pure torture. But this course assigned a reasonable amount of reading that was actually very compelling. Each week a new reading helped make me conscious of mistakes I was making. Being able to choose any topic to write about really helped to keep me interested in the course.

Each week there was a new writing assignment and for the most part, the words flowed easily. The two posts I mentioned were fun to write and inspired me to try and be more compelling in my other posts. I was writing about a topic I loved, and that kept me more engaged. This class helped me to develop a distict voice in my writing. Due to the fact that I enjoyed posting to this blog, I may continue. I have had several people outside the class like my posts. That is enough encouragement for me to want to continue.

I feel that this class has developed my writing in a positive way. I have learned a few things about how to make my writing successful and I believe that many of the skills I learned will translate well into future writing assignments.

As a designer, there is not a lot of writing required, but I do need to know how to write about my work and discuss my design choices. There is not a lot of room for long-winded essays so the most helpful skill I learned was how to be more concise with my writing. I can confidently say that my writing is more clear and to the point than it was. A lot of that is attributed to the fact that we had to use Twitter often. Twitter only allows you to tweet 140 characters or less;  clear and concise is key.

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