I can’t believe that my first semester of college is coming to a close. I have learned so much from this class that I will be able to use for the rest of my life.
After this class, I have a greater appreciation and admiration for the Brothers Grimm tales and original fairy tales in general. I never knew exactly who the Brothers Grimm was or that there were tales before the Disney ones. I love the Brothers Grimm versions and learning the original versions of the tales I love.
One of the biggest things I have learned from this FYS was how to read between the lines. I have always had trouble finding meaning in stories and interpreting them. I continuously would get frustrated because I couldn’t see past the literal meaning. I have learned how to find deeper meaning in not only fairy tales but also any story in general. I can now find hidden meanings, symbols, metaphors, motifs, and falcons.
It was so much fun to go back into my childhood and look at my favorite fairy tales again. It was interesting to read them from an adult perspective and notice certain things that I didn’t know before.
My favorite story that we read this semester was Cinderella. Cinderella is my favorite fairy tale and I loved reading the Brothers Grimm version. I had never read it before and I was surprised by the violence. It was very different from the Disney adaption that I grew up with.
This class has helped me tremendously with writing papers and giving me confidence in my work. Before this class, I was never one to be confident in my papers that I would write. I learned how to write concise, fluent, and articulate papers. Before, my papers were all over the place. Now, they are to the point and make better sense. I learned the importance of using quotes to support my points and make my paper more accurate.
I am grateful for how helpful this class was and how much I was able to learn. Its fun to look back at my previous blogs and see how much I have learned and changed in just 15 weeks.