Reflection is a key part of human existence serves as a way people reconsider and contemplate in order to grow in life and move forward. Whether it is re-assessing the choice to have a burger for lunch, or thinking about last year’s trip to Paris, human beings naturally examine events of the past and their life choices. Reflecting acts as a coping mechanism, allowing for the opportunity to mature and do better. While critically reflecting on my junior year research paper, I examined what I did, and why, in order to resolve ways to enhance it in content, style, and organization. A quintessential part of reflection is assessing the positives. If given the chance to rewrite my research paper and improve it, I would focus on the areas in which I was successful the first time. While writing my paper, I sought to delve deeper into the meaning of pride and examine the ways in which it is present in society, but not conventionally considered. On the same note, I would maintain my use of real-world, personal examples to make my definition more personable and less abstract to the reader. For instance, on page 3 I illustrated a situation in which good pride is valuable in the working world, the reality that employers often pursue individuals who are confident as a result of their pride. To further present my argument and deter from defining pride in theoretical terms, I would increase my use of examples. As possible method of arriving at this position, I could rationalize that pride, in a positive light, makes people happy and gives them security of self-worth. An example possibly worth mentioning is how a student, having earned an A on a tough essay, becomes proud, and thus is in a delightful mood for the rest of his or her week. An indispensable ingredient in bettering my essay would be to continue in the exploration of pride’s meaning beyond predictability and using examples to guide the reader to understand my argument. Although maintaining and expanding...
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