Originally published here.
“What is the best way to cook an egg?”
At first, I didn’t see this topic as a challenge. I thought it stupid and irrelevant. I did not enrol in crit101 to discover the many ways of cooking an egg, I enrolled to discover myself. What part of myself did I discover during week 2 of crit101? The pessimist I did not realize I was becoming. Throughout this week I have been on an emotional roller-coaster due to this stupid, irrelevant question. I have held back my potential and wasted crucial research time being negative and complaining, to then discover that this assignment isn’t a matter of life or death. That, right there, is my down-fall.
I was put into a group with Heather and Josh, which at first I wasn’t too happy with (sorry guys!). I saw Heather and Josh as horrifying people who would crush me at any chance they got, who would not listen to my ideas or my opinions as they are older and have ideas of their own. This however, was just another thing that held me back. It took me half of our set time to uncover the truth: Heather was lovely and open-minded, and Josh wasn’t going to eat me if I spoke to him. This question I eventually saw as a test of my own determination, I could come up with an answer, and I would. After I overcome my negative attitude, the research went terrificly. Heather created a great survey which thankfully we got enough responses to form our evidence and Josh helped us format our findings and lay them out correctly.
The question- once we got down and dirty with it- was a fantastic idea by Mr Michie! The question left each group with individual ideas and it was open to be lead in any direction. I also found that this weeks ‘Reading’ was really beneficial to me, as I know I will definitely carry many things mentioned with me in the future.
There were pros and cons this week, much like any other. I found it difficult to get in contact with both Josh and Heather at the same time to discuss our outline, but I think that was the only downside to this week as a whole. Don’t judge a book by it’s cover (or it’s shell) as you might actually learn to enjoy it.