It’s the end of my last semester ever, and it’s that time of year when everything starts to wrap up: classes end, finals start, last nights out with friends, getting ready to move on to the next big thing. I’ve always been told (and believe) that it’s important to reflect on your experiences, so the image above is the start of my reflection on this experience.
The image above is something called a word cloud. This one was made using Wordle, an online service where you cut and paste a bunch of text into a box, and then the website takes the words that you use the most and creates a “word cloud.”
Overall, I think that this word cloud gives a fairly good representation of my posts over the course of the semester. I feel that instead of focusing on my context and really honing in on it, I took a more broad approach, and found that my interests were much more varied than I had originally anticipated. I feel that this is both a good thing and a bad thing. It’s a good thing because it shows that this course had broadened my understanding of the relationship between food/health/media and exposed me to new ideas to think about and work with. It is a bad thing, or maybe a slightly less-good thing, because I wasn’t really able to become immersed in my topic.
The word cloud definitely reflects how my posts have evolved over the semester. In the beginning of the semester, I focused on the different dining options on campus, including the Marketplace and the Marche. This makes sense with the word cloud, seeing that “food,” “college,” and “students,” are some of the biggest words. As the semester progressed, my interests branched out and I started to think about gender roles and food, how media such as the Food Network plays into our understandings, and questioning my own food/health practices.
Overall, I think that this blogging experience has helped to broaden my perspectives on food/health/media. I have been able to read my fellow classmates’ posts and engage with them on the topics they are interested in, and then related that to myself and my context. I feel that in the future, I’ll be more on the look out of media that concerns food and health, and be able to look at it with a more discerning eye, and not just take it at face value.
To everyone who has read my posts over this semester, thank you very much. I really appreciate it, and I hope you liked what you read, or at least got you thinking!