I cannot believe this class is over. Being a math major, I was expecting this class to be incredibly painful, but it was hardly painful at all. I actually enjoyed writing the first and fourth assignments—I wrote about the media coverage on the Russia-Chechnya and Russia-Georgia wars for the first assignment and religion in medicine and law for the fourth. I had a hard time with the second assignment and writing about the issues of academic freedom particular to my field of study because math is perhaps the only subject where solutions are black and white/ right or wrong.
The blog was probably the hardest assignment for me that we had to do for this class (ha!). I always felt somewhat funny when I wrote an entry because I knew somebody would be reading it. Although I do not think I will continue this blog, the process of blogging really made me more productive with my time. I guess it’s because I knew I needed something juicy to write about each week so I was constantly researching.
I greatly appreciated all the group work we did during the class and the opportunities we had to discuss our research or writing issues during conferences. I learned a lot about the researching process and how to narrow a search down to the sources that were actually going to help me. The last paper was particularly interesting to research, especially since law, medicine and religion are really fascinating to me. I liked being able to pick a topic that combined all three and dissect the issues that exist between them.