As you journey through this unit, and are honing in on your critical thinking skills, you might have recognized the
information regarding the Game Plan.
To help in your critical thinking process, the Game Plan, located on pages 38-42 in your textbook, consisting of 10
strategies, was created to help assist you in making critical decisions. One of the 10, Keep an Intellectual Journal, will be
the main focus of this assignment, however, other strategies will be included.
Throughout the week you are to keep a journal. Within this journal, list at least three situations that have occurred during
the week that are emotionally significant to you (meaning things you deeply care about).
From your list, accomplish the following, while keeping each situation separate from the rest:
- Describe each situation and explain why each was important to you.
- Describe how you behaved, with precise details, in each situation.
- Formulate at least two questions that ask what was going on during the situation, and explain your answer to
each question as a means of self-assessment.
- Of the nine strategies remaining, remember you are keeping an intellectual journal, choose two and explain how
List of situations that have occurred in the week that are emotionally significant to me:
- Finishing college – after the final paper, we separated and went our separate ways with my friends whom I grew to regard as my crew. After four years of college life, they have grown to be my family and leaving them behind is like losing some part of me.
- Landing a job – after college, I landed a job at Vescon industry as an account. However, settling in a new environment was the main challenge considering that I knew no one in my new place. In addition, it was a bit tough for me considering that I was fresh from college and still I had that college mind and behavior in me(Urry, 2012).
- Passing away of my grandfather – this was the most traumatizing moment in my life. Learning that grandfather is no more hit me really hard and I could not picture the fact that I would not see him again. I had grown fond of him since he was always there for me to listen to all of my stories.
- Finishing college – just to ensure that I bid goodbye to everyone, I held a farewell party at my house later in the evening. Moreover, I demanded a hug from each one of them to feel the warmth of our friendship and begged them to keep in touch.
- Landing a new job – just like any new person in a place, I was confused at times, and I had to ask my assistant to take me places where I did not know. Precisely, I told to take me to the dining room on the second day since I had forgotten its location completely.
- Passing of grandfather – I cried so much thinking my tears would bring him back to life, but I was wrong. Despite the consolation from my uncles and brother, I could not hold my tears back.
- Did I allow emotions to get the better part of me in my grandfather situation?
- As a human, we are all full of emotions especially when we lose the one we love and if they were close to us. In my opinion, I did not let emotions get the better of me considering that at times crying is the best way to release some emotions(Weber, 2009).
- Did I allow the fear of the unknown to overwhelm me in my grandfather situation?
YES. In this situation, I will grandly accept the fact that I feared for the future. I wondered who would ever sit with me to listen to my stories whether boring or entertaining like my grandfather did. I feared that there was no one to replace grandfather, to give me company, to make me laugh and to bring me back on the right path if I go astray.
- Analyzing group influences in my life would be the first action that I needed to take. Growing too much attached to my friends can be beneficially but letting them get into my way of life can be harmful. Too much dependence on them would make me a slave. I needed to let them go and live my own life.
- Reshaping my character – landing a new job meant that I was through with college life, and I needed to think like a working person and leave my college life behind. I needed to reshape my character and to think to fix my eyes entirely on the job and nothing else(Urry, 2012).
Urry, J. (2012). Sociology beyond societies: Mobilities for the twenty-first century. Routledge.
Weber, M. (2009). From Max Weber: essays in sociology. . Routledge.