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Here is my thoughts on the Scholarly Biography Assignment:
My getting to interview Jennifer, as well as getting to work with her briefly, was a great experience.  When I first met her, I was not sure if she was a pencil pusher that just happened to be the Sustainability Coordinator at Lane Community College, or if she had a genuine interest in helping the environment.  I soon learned that she had a unique past and career path.  From once taking a good, probably high paying job, to her decision to give up that career due to her ethical views shows her love of the environment and world around her.  From her chemistry degree, to her love of the sciences, to her passion to make a difference in the community and world, it is clear that we have a lot more in common that I had first thought.
This experience has taught me that careers can have their twists and turns, and while you might head down one path when you begin your career, you might stop, turn around, and head right back to where you started, finally taking another path that you didn’t the first time around.  I think that my group could also learn from this biography.  They could learn that career paths are not always a straight road.  They can have many curves and dead ends before one reaches the home stretch.  However, with hard work and sacrifice you can make it to that final downhill straightaway, and coast to the finish line.
Interviewing Jennifer for this biography and learning about how she reached her position has taught me a lot.  Doing so has taught me a lot about what it takes to be a scholar and what it is like to be in a community of scholars.  It has been a privilege to work with and get to know a little about Jennifer and I am thankful for the experience.

I think that my views of how to correctly shape an argument have definitely changed and will probably continue to change throughout the rest of this term.  This class and the readings in the book  have taught me quite a lot on this topic.   I think that my arguments were a lot weaker before taking part in this class.  My arguments used to be more one sided, and I never used to bring attention to the other view points on the topic that I was arguing about.  I now know how to use other people’s views in a positive way that can give more credibility to my argument.  I believe that my ability to deliver a strong, well defined argument, is increasing  with every week in this class.

So Friday I came home from school to some very good news.  Out of nearly 600 eligible people I was one of 80 chosen to interview for 45 Ford Re-start scholarships.  To say the least, this made my week.  All of my hard work,over the last year here at Lane Community College, has payed off.   Well, not exactly payed off as of yet, but it has at least gotten me the interview that I was pursuing.  Now I am excited, as well as nervous, because here in about two weeks I have one of the most important interviews of my life.  It is time to meet with the scholarship advisors, to find out what to expect at the interview and what I need to prepare for.

I really, really, really hope that I get this scholarship!!!!

 

Myself, at least before I had taken last terms class and this one, I was under the impression that a community of scholars was experts such as professors and scientists that specialized a certain field of study.  Now I beginning to understand that a community of scholars is not necessarily experts in a certain field of study, but a group of people who may have taken a certain interest in a subject  and have devoted time and energy to perform quality research into that subject, possibly contributing something to others understanding and knowledge of it.

I now realize that I too can be part of a community of scholars and am doing so by taking these honors courses.  My community of scholars, for the time being, is Lane’s honors students.  But, as we indulge in some of the projects that are part of the curriculum, and present some of our research and findings, we will all become a part of a larger community of scholars.

Viewing the documentary, Veins in the Gulf, has opened my eyes to some of the problems that the people of the Louisiana Gulf coast are dealing with, and it has also showed me that although our class might have not a endless list of degrees under their belts, nor titles following their names, we can possibly make a difference by contributing to the research of whatever topic we decide to pick.