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Rugayan 1 Charlene Rugayan Professor Freya Rojo CAS 114 A 14 December 2011 Reflective Essay Looking back from

the beginning of class, I can remember I was very interested in taking Central American writing studies, and now I look back and I say that I had a very interesting experience in this class. I liked the topics that we had to explore upon writing our 1200 plus essay and getting it corrected by a peer the next day. It made truly experience Central America a little bit more further rather than just getting the information in class and learning the material from there and secondly because we had to just to study about Central America. I appreciate the peer review a lot because it made me realize what I needed on my paper that was lacking in information that I needed to have a better understanding in what I needed to explain more into my topic. It gave me personal feedback as well as a fun experience that it was one of my peers reading it rather than the professors vision on my essay. What I appreciated most out of this class is the new facebook friends I have now because in some sense, we are a family full of different races and culture in our little class. At night, before the essay is due, we all text each other to head onto facebook with already 3 notifications coming from our class site already ready to help and ready to complete our essays with. My classmates are the best, I do not know how well I would do in class without them or who to turn to since I was not that very sociable in class. In the end, I became facebook friends

Rugayan 2 with almost everyone on the class facebook and I am ready to stick with them till the very end of this class. My professor is the nicest professor you could have. Everyday is always interesting and well-assured talked about in class. The answer may not come out right away from our professor which leaves us in a great opportunity to think through the question we asked and providing ourselves our own answer. For we know that English, has more than one answer, it is our job as the writer to interpret the ideas and are able to conduct a dramatic research on the topic showing the little details. The little details like the Topics Sentences, the articles from the Oviatt Library to the conclusion all matter in a paper. Our class really emphasizes on looking into the tiny aspects of writing and we have to make sure we hit the little details while still learning the culture and history about Central America. The history of Central America is very unique and in the real world is sometimes looked as another Mexican story which is falsly understood for Central Americans live in Central America, not Mexico. It is another beautiful appreciation to a culture, that non-central Americans, like myself, can see it is a very special race and it has many aspects that not a lot of people do not see. I had a fun time watching and reading about the Garifunas and how they implanted Central America. At first, I had no idea there were black people living on the island in the first place at the same time I was amazed at how lively and inviting they are to their land by dancing, going to school and singing. My favorite part out of learning about the Garifunas was learning that the women spoke a dialect to their husbands which spoke a different dialect to their wives. At first I thought it was weird but very easy to relate to because thats how my mom speaks to me at home. She speaks to me in Taglog but I am able to understand what she is saying

Rugayan 3 and unfortunately respond back to her in English. Although I am learning each and everyday to use the little phrases I know about Tagalog in my daily life. I can not wait for what the next semester brings us. I hope for another fun day about learning Central American studies for next year learning about new things and topics to explore upon and learning about this beautiful culture a little more. I hope we get into understand more about the novel we kind of stopped reading and watch more diverse cultures that I did not know about Central America.