Monday I attended my first meeting for JSV (Jackson Street Village) where I will be doing my service-learning for this class. Although I missed the bus I was suppose to take and I was late, Adam, the advisor, was really nice about it. The orientation was short and sweet and there was another girl there with me as well. Adam and other co-workers explained more about the Wilder Foundation and also policies included with tutoring. Next week I actually start my volunteer work which I’m very excited to start doing but I’m also scared of how the kids are going to act. Hopefully I’ll be able to connect with them right away and it won’t be that awkward.
Tuesday we completed our peer reviews on the first rough draft of our papers. I really liked the process that we used in order to complete the peer reviews. Giving the author a chance to speak their mind first about the paper can really help the editors get a better insight at what to focus on when commenting on the paper and how to give better feedback. Although I found it really hard not to defend myself while others were giving feedback on my paper, it was really helpful because then I really listened to their suggestions. After listening then we were able to defend ourselves but it really wasn’t necessary because all the information I received was reasonable. After this paper, I’m not too excited to start my research paper even though it will be a lot easier for me to write.