Reflecting back on Semester 1
January 20, 2011 § 1 Comment
To be honest, I feel this semester has been enriching but at the same time, I felt unorganized in terms of planning ahead. For almost every assignment we have received, I had a terrible habit of studying the morning before the actual test. In other words, I was cramming. On the first time I did this, I received a full score on a test so I would repeat this habit each time. Frankly, this study method is the most efficient way of getting an A (temporarily) but I feel like I haven’t learned anything. As cliche and ‘nerdy’ this sounds, reviewing each night may help than cramming the night before of a test. Of course, this is what I have been told since the day 1 of high-school, and being a senior, I feel quite embarrassed for not being able to do this! Nevertheless, it is merely easy to say but hard to do.
I say this semester was enriching because I was able to reveal a side of me that I did not see. Right before quarter 1 was ending, I received a test score that was surprisingly high that did not match the amount of time I studied for that test. I figured that my teacher miscalculated my score to a higher score than it should be. As I experienced a moment of ethical dilemma, I decided to honestly confess that I did not deserve the grade I received. As expected, I was marked lower because I spoke up to tell the truth. Considering the fact that grades are biased to begin with, and that we have fewer summative assignments this year, I started to question whether the action I took was right or not. Of course, I morally did the right thing, yet I was scared that I would perhaps lose the net gain. At the moment of all this, I regretted of my actions because life doesn’t work like fairy tales, where the ‘good’ character always have a happy-ending. Looking back, I feel I did the right thing, even if I could have had a higher grade in this class. My emotions have driven me to see things from a new perspective. Although this has almost nothing to do with the understanding of economics, I felt it was necessary to mention this; this was the highlight of my semester 1.