Sequence Reflection

In my sequence of three essays, I aimed to raise questions within my audience. I wanted to establish my viewpoints of the work life balance without sounding condescending or pretentious. Over the course of the three essays, I tried my best to engage with readers in the way that felt most natural to me, “To be honest, I never thought a job could cause my physical health to suffer. This doctor explained to me how our cortisol levels rise when we are stressed. She also made a point of mentioning how today’s society is under an immense amount of pressure in our daily lives. The best way to describe it is to picture an animal running away from a predator, yet our predators are the exam you have to take on Tuesday or your boss that refuses to give you vacation time.” After several revisions, I felt that I was able to create essays that readers could connect with on a personal level. My goal was not to necessarily change the audience’s viewpoint in regards to work life balance, although I did want to allow space for thought and reflection. In Juggling Work and Life I explain, “What if it was okay to admit that you hate your job? What if we stopped comparing ourselves to your coworker that works 40+ hours a week, goes to the gym five days a week, and is also getting their master’s degree?” I wanted to be able to use my essay sequence as a way to channel my own thoughts and feelings towards juggling work responsibilities in America. My essays seemed to collectively represent a single thought or string of thoughts that surrounded one major idea. It seemed to make sense that I decided to write about having a balanced life due to the fact that I am graduating soon. The subject has been on my mind a lot in the past few months and it was nice to have an opportunity to clearly express my concerns and feelings. With each essay, I started of by having an idea that interested me. I would then decide what other connecting thoughts would help me further solidify my viewpoints. The process, although very new to me, came pretty naturally. I mostly just started writing whatever came to my mind in the session of writing. I would then go back and add factual information or more personal experiences that I felt best highlighted my sequence. One of the most difficult parts of writing the sequence was coming up with a singular, cohesive idea. I also tried to avoid repetition and excessive personal details that did not significantly add to the structure of the essay. I felt my sequence was the most entertaining when I did not overly extend my beliefs. I wanted to state my thoughts in an almost observant manner, “I came to understand that the way we view work is an issue. Society has falsely led us to believe that if we are not working then we have no value. That very ideology of having to be the best is the very train of thought that has to be derailed. It is okay to require more rest than someone else. Similarly, It is also okay if you want to work more than your peers. But, our value should not be tied to what we accomplish professionally. Our careers are a part of us, but there is so much more to somebody than what they do for a living. The first question anyone ever asks you is for your name. The second is what you do for a living, as if that is the only question that is worth asking.”

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