ADPR 2200 Week 1 Reflection

What’s your name, major and hometown?

My name is Connor Mallon, I am a Corporate Communication major, and from Orland Park, Illinois.

What would be the most useful thing for me to know about you as a student?

I definitely am a student who learns by doing. In other classes I have been trying to stay on top of things and study more, and with many COMM classes, I like to go over things so that I know to the best of my ability.

What do you wish was different about school?

Personally, I like the way school is right now. There is a lot of room for flexibility between classes, studying, activities with friends and jobs if one chooses to take one on. I think this helps students become better at time management skills and makes them think for themselves and what requires the most attention.

Describe a moment in school last year when you felt really engaged. Why do you think that moment was such a positive one for you?

Last fall semester I took DGMd 2335, an introduction into scriptwriting, and our final project for the year was to write a 20 page original screenplay. In the days leading up to the script being due, I found myself thinking of all sorts of creative ideas on different actions and dialogue from characters. I had not thought of it much since it was due, but I have found myself thinking of new ideas and to make it a real and more realistic, long script. For me, it was a positive moment because I saw that I was able to do successful work, because I was doing what I love. The heavy work was put in, and in the end I succeeded not just with a great grade, but the realization I can do anything if I put in the time and the grind.

What do you think teachers think about you, and what do you wish they’d think about you?

I do not think teachers think much about me only because there are already so many students and different faces that they see everyday. I do not blame them it is a hard task to remember a lot about one student when you have 30/40 students to think about as well. I cannot really think what I want them to think about me, but I would like for them to be honest and open about what they see in me. I do not even know what I see in me. That is why if they told me I would love it because I value people’s opinions on what they think about me.

Tell me about a teacher who you feel knew you well. What kind of student were you in his or her class? What did he or she do to get to know you?

I went to an all male high school, and in my sophomore year, my biology teacher, who was also the school’s Dean of Students, seemed to really understand and listen to what I had to say. When we finished the topic for the day and there was extra time in class, he would just have open discussions with everybody in the room on anything. Myself and a couple of my friends talked with him a lot just on things going on throughout school or life. I was a quiet student at times, and not the best biology student, but I think he knew that and helped me out to get by, but also knew that I was somebody who liked to talk when given the spotlight to discuss.

If you could build a school, what would it look like?

The school would have a fresh, clean look to it with colored hallways and white tiled floors. My high school was a smaller private high school, so I always imagined the higher upscale schools, as the high schools you would see in movies or television. I would like for interaction with everybody to occur because at times people, even in college, can fall into small selective groups and get stuck. While you may enjoy yourself, I think it is important to go out and see and experience different people. I think of a school having a campus just like Marquette, but without all of the roads and crazy, busy urban life. The buildings on the outside have to have an older and dated feel to it, because that can show off the prestige and value of a school. The best example of this would be looking at University of Chicago’s campus.

What do you wish I would ask you so that I can be a good teacher for you?

I think just asking how the day is going is something great for a teacher to do. To me, it just allows a better connection and relationship for the student and teacher that the student does not think of a teacher as just someone who gives a lecture and that is that.

What makes a weekend day great for you?

What makes a weekend day great for me is looking back on the events of the day and seeing what I have done, and did I have the best time from it. That can be hanging with friends, exploring the city or getting early homework done. The weekdays are for work, but the weekends are for enjoyment and relaxation.

Anything else to add?

I’m very excited for this new semester and to learn a lot in this course.

Finally, include a photo of yourself in your Medium post so I can start putting faces to names.

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