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Caitlin Halligan
2/2 Discussion
Fri Feb 22, 2013 1:30pm
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What I found challenging about the informative paper was not expressing my opinion. It was hard to have commentary that wasn’t biased. It’s hard to just give information without stating facts after facts and so on. I also had a hard time getting the paper organized and deciding what was most important or would be most useful in constructing the paper and what would not. What I found to be easiest about the paper was the research. I really enjoyed researching about my topic and since it was something I wanted to know more about it made it easier to research. If I had picked something that I wasn’t that passionate about I would have had a harder time keeping focused and researching the topic for long periods of time. The strengths of my paper were that I presented good information and that it flowed relatively well. Even though it took up a lot of my time, I found it was both useful and beneficial for me to make note cards with all the different topics I was considering and to lay them out on a table and play with them. I rearranged the cards in an appropriate order so that I could get organized and decide where the right places for each of my topics was. The weaknesses of my paper were mostly having difficulty presenting unbiased information. I am a very opinionated person and shouldn’t have picked a topic that I cared about (well, cared about to the extent that I do). I had to read and re-read my paper to constantly change parts where I was expressing my opinion. Then, when I had my friends peer review my paper they even noticed several parts that seemed opinionated. It was a constant battle trying to piece my paper together to make it unbiased, and at one point I was so frustrated I almost threw out the whole paper and was going to completely change my topic and start over. I was pleased with my paper overall but definitely think I could have done better if I would have picked a different topic.

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