Ongoing Trends in My Vocabulary

Hello, everyone! I have been writing a lot lately, and as a result, I have realized that I employ certain words over and over again in my writing, whether in this blog or for school assignments. Although this realization of my inadequate vocabulary humbled me, it also dawned on me that it could potentially be fascinating to keep track of what words I rely on in my writing on a week-to-week basis. Specifically, I wonder if I will be able to look back on my overly used words and notice how they related to my mindset, knowledge, and experiences at those certain times in my life, which I most likely would not have noticed originally. Therefore, I would like to debut a little experiment regarding myself in which on Fridays I will write out a list of words I found myself repeating extensively in my writing and speech throughout the previous week. I hope that doing so will help me understand myself and my development better, and also could help readers of this blog learn more about who I am as a writer and an individual in general. Additionally, I may decide to add analyses of my diction once I am further removed from the experiences of each week. I hope this experiment will be successful and insightful, and I also hope that those of you reading this post will join me on this journey (and maybe help me out as well).

-Stephanie

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Week of November 11, 2016:

  • Subsequently
  • Validate
  • Aforementioned
  • Perpetuate
  • Quite

This specific week was the week of the election here in the United States, and the results motivated me to write a lot, especially regarding my my opinions and beliefs. My passion (and ability to spend much time writing extracurricularly) led to me posting more on this blog in a week than I ever have to this day, and in those posts, wanting to express my thoughts about how the results of the election impacted me and may impact our country as a whole. As a result, I found myself using the words listed above in an attempt to eloquently show my concern for the future.

Week of November 18, 2016:

  • Prevalent
  • Clearly
  • Experience

My emotions from the previous week died down a bit this week, but the amount of schoolwork intensified, as end-of-semester preparations came into full swing. I went back to posting on this blog once a week, while I directed my attention to my many writing assignments and projects for school. Particularly, I worked on creating analyses of readings I had done for my classes, which is where the words “clearly” and “prevalent” came into play. Also, a couple of my time-consuming assignments during this particular week involved me developing and organizing examples of class material from my own life, which is a major reason why I used the word “experience” quite a bit.

Week of November 25, 2016:

  • Likely
  • Regarding
  • Might
  • Prevalent (2)

Even though this was Thanksgiving week, it was still comprised of much schoolwork, and I had to develop much opinion-based writing. As I am somewhat insecure about the validity of my opinions that I know my intelligent professors will end up reading, I use the words “likely” and “might” quite a bit in general, and particularly employed them excessively this week. My habit of writing in an uncertain way is definitely something I would like to rid of, which I am currently trying to work on. In addition, when explaining my opinions, I utilized the word “regarding” ad nauseam in association with ideas, concepts, and evidence in my writing. Also, I did a significant amount of reading for my psychology class during this week, in which the prevalence of of certain disorders was presented; thus, the word “prevalent” was ubiquitous in my thoughts and writing around this period of time.

Week of December 2, 2016:

  • Provoke
  • Credible
  • Various
  • Insight

With major projects due this particular week that involved much research, I found myself over-using certain words to convey my efforts regarding the different sources I used, including “credible” and “various.” Also, through the word “insight,” I often tried to explain the value of these references. Clearly, I felt a bit insecure about my project; therefore, I felt the need to make it seem as valid as possible. In yet another large writing assignment, “provoke” was employed in accordance with my explanations of how psychological disorders are caused. As one can see, schoolwork was really starting to take overpower my life at this point (which would become a trend). ‘Twas fun.

Week of December 9, 2016:

  • Wide-reaching
  • Effective
  • Particularly
  • Experience (2)
  • Aforementioned (2)

Guess what? If you guessed that I had a few more major projects due this week, then you are correct. For example, I had to write a letter to be sent to an organization, in which I made sure to detail how much I admire their work by using words such as “wide-reaching” and “effective,” and pointing out specifics using the word “particularly.” With other extensive assignments involved with my encounters with the institution, I employed the word “experience” a plethora of times. During this week, I was working with a classmate on a project, and while doing so, my theory that I overuse words that make me feel smarter than I actually am was validated. While writing an email to our professor together, I typed the word “aforementioned” and subsequently was told “You use that word a lot.” I really do enjoy using the word, as shown by the fact that it has been included in two of these lists already.

Week of December 16, 2016:

  • Convey
  • Often
  • Correlation
  • Quite (2)

‘Twas finals week. One of my assignments required me to explain my thoughts about the class and my performance in it; thus, I used the words “convey” and “often” plenty of times. The project I worked on with a partner last week was finally completed this week, and I surely overused the word “correlation” in it, as it involved much analysis of the relationship between the different variables we tested. Lastly, I employed the word “quite” a lot this particular week, likely because of my genuine love for the way it sounds in my head and how it displays my fear of stating that something is unequivocal. My first finals week of college was definitely stressful for me (interestingly, though, it did not require as much writing as I expected), but I made it through.

Week of December 23, 2016:

  • Wonderful
  • Incredibly
  • Today
  • Excited

This was my first full week of winter break; thus, my ability to relax and enjoy my surroundings more became apparent in my diction. For example, I used the word “wonderful” much in relation to a trip to the city I took after the end of the semester of school. In addition, during this time, I started to become enormously (or, “incredibly”) “excited” about my upcoming vacation. Since I finally had the time to plan and build anticipation for it, I used these positive words quite a bit. Lastly, I found myself using the word “today” more than usual; I think that my ability to focus on the present day instead of always looking ahead to due dates lead to my excessive use of the word.

Week of December 30, 2016:

  • Foster
  • ‘Twas
  • Love
  • Should
  • Fairly

One of my favorite weeks of the year had arrived: Christmas week. My excitement for the season and the continuation of traditions and time with my family was shown in my employment of the word “love.” Similarly, I used the word “foster” in relation to my love for Disney, as I was preparing even more for my upcoming vacation. I did show some uncertainty this week, though. For instance, I found myself using the word “fairly” to show the level of skepticism I had of myself (and as a synonym to “quite”– a word I employ excessively), and also asking many questions with the word “should” incorporated into them. On a more random note, I found myself starting to use “’twas” much in my writing, simply because I realized that it would be fun to write and would make me feel smarter than I actually am, which may have been compensation for any uncertainty I had about myself.

Week of January 6, 2017:

  • Excited (2)
  • Magical
  • Gorgeous

This was my week of vacation! I had planned to write a lot while I was away from home, but I must have forgotten how exhausting vacation can be, because I ended up not writing very much. Most of my use of language and writing was apparent in the forms of tweets and talking to others, and I found myself using the word “excited” very much in both of those ways of expression because of how much I was looking forward to this vacation. In case anyone was not aware from my extensive recaps of my vacation, I went to Walt Disney World. As it is known as “The Most Magical Place on Earth,” I said the word “magical” ad nauseam while I was visiting the resort. Lastly, the weather and our surroundings were a beautiful change of pace for me, so I found myself extensively typing the word “gorgeous” while describing my experiences.

Week of January 13, 2017:

  • Afterwards
  • Wonderful (2)
  • Favorite
  • Great
  • Once

I was lucky to have this particular week (and the next one) included in my Winter Break, so I appreciated my extra time off by recovering from vacation. I spent much time relaxing, unpacking, and starting my series “Let’s Take a Vacation” up once again. Most of the words included in this week’s list have to do with writing my recaps of each of my days on vacation. I continued my extensive use of words with positive connotations to describe how satisfied I was with my visit to some of my “favorite” places, with words such as “wonderful” and “great.” In addition, since I was not used to writing recaps, I was surprised by how much I was repeating words such as “afterwards” and “once” to keep the story of each day moving along. I will admit that the prevalence of these words in my recap posts will likely continue to be apparent in the future; I am still working on how to improve the flow of my writing.

Week of January 20, 2017:

  • Anyway
  • Wonderful (3)
  • Stunning
  • After
  • Quite (3)
  • We

My last week of winter break had finally arrived, and it basically revolved around writing my “Let’s Take a Vacation” series. Just like the week before, I used words such as “wonderful” and “stunning” to recount the sights and events of my vacation, which were admittedly starting to deteriorate from my memory. My insecurity about some portions of my recaps was showcased in my overuse of the word “quite,” as I hesitated to describe many situations in an extreme or unquestionable way. I was also trying to become comfortable with narrating entire days in my writing at this time, but the word “after” remained ubiquitous in my posts; I even found myself employing the word “anyway” in many instances so I could get myself back on track when I found myself engaging in details and site notes. Lastly, I used the word “we” substantially more than usual during this particular week, which is likely because I wrote about the experiences of our whole group, which I was somewhat unfamiliar with, because I usually write for and about myself (I know…I must seem so conceited).

Week of January 27, 2017:

  • Dreary
  • Alas
  • Important
  • Interesting
  • Unique
  • Nervous

It was time for my second semester of college to start, which initiated the return of words with less positive connotations to my use of language. I did conclude my “Let’s Take a Vacation” series on the Sunday of this week, which I was proud of, and it resulted in my use of the words “dreary” and “alas” in how I described my journey back home from our vacation destination. It was then time to return my focus to education, though, which was a bit nerve-racking for me (thus the inclusion of the word “nervous” on this week’s list). To add some context, I must state the first week of any particular semester of school is a time that I do not enjoy, as having to become used to a new routine is overwhelming for me. Regardless, and as per usual, introducing myself to my professors and classmates was an activity that I had to partake in on the first day of my classes, which led to my extensive but insecure employment of the words “interesting” and “unique” in regards to my life. Lastly, I was also instructed to write about my perception of one of my classes; I think my subsequent utilization of the word “important” really represents how this first week of the semester felt to me.

Week of February 3, 2017:

  • Well-informed
  • Validation
  • Nervous (2)
  • May
  • Represent

My focus truly returned to schoolwork this week, as I adapted to my new schedule. I gave a speech about myself at the beginning of the week, in which I said the word “represent” a multitude of times in order to convey my modes of explaining who I am. I was quite intimidated by this speech, though, which resulted in my use of the word “nervous.” My insecurity also incarnated itself in the word “may” in my explanations of predictions I made for one of my assignments; I definitely did not want to seem as though I thought my conclusions were indisputable. The fact that I found myself employing the word “validation” (mostly in the blog post I wrote that weekend) similarly demonstrates my apparent subconscious yearning for affirmation at the time. My utilization of the word “well-informed” was noticeable as well, which had to do with both my writing about research and my everlasting attention to insane current events.

Week of February 10, 2017:

  • Excessively
  • Greatly
  • Inspire
  • Empower
  • Opinions

This was another typical school week for me, although it did result in some ideas that I was (and still am) passionate about, which I think is exemplified in the list representing the week. First of all, I had fun writing a post about my habit of nodding my head, which resulted in my implementation of the word “excessively.” In that post and throughout another school-related writing assignment, I caught myself typing out the word “greatly” quite a bit, which showed my embracement of emphasis this particular week. My ardency also related to my preparations for an upcoming speech, which involved much reflection on how I think a particular person has shown an ability to “inspire” and “empower” others (such as yours truly) to share their “opinions.” Stay tuned to find out who the person is; especially if my speech goes well, I will make sure to reveal the subject of it.

Week of February 17, 2017:

  • Both
  • Oblivious
  • Necessarily
  • Credible (2)
  • Communication

You know what they say: “Another week, another batch of writing.” Well, at least that is something I would say, especially regarding this specific week. As per usual, I had to write a lot for my classes; three words included in this week’s list, “both,” “necessarily,” and “credible,” were related to a large assignment I worked on in which I had to analyze and evaluate an article. These words definitely reflected my desire to take all aspects of the article at hand into account and compare expectations and criteria with actual content. “Communication” was a word that had to do with much of my speaking (and writing) for a different class, as discussion about the topic and its different forms was prevalent throughout the week. The discussion made me take notice of how “oblivious” I am about certain uses of communication, and my ability to take notice of my heedlessness was also apparent in my post that week about the Auto Show. Clearly, I wanted to become more self-aware (which is always good for someone like myself to work on).

Week of February 24, 2017:

  • Especially
  • Important (2)
  • Impacts
  • Contrary
  • Article

This specific week was one of much nervousness, as one of my main focuses was my speech that I had been preparing for a couple of weeks. I cannot even imagine how many times I wrote out and spoke the words “important” and “impacts” during the first half of the week, as I spent a lot of time practicing my speech, which was comprised of the aforementioned words. Also, my essay-writing and editing from the previous week had continued on, which concluded with my observation that I utilized the words “especially,” “contrary,” and “article” a multitude of times, once again showing my desire to emphasize various examples that demonstrated the quality of the piece I had to analyze. The word “especially” also made several appearances in the blog post I wrote during this particular week, as I wanted to single out certain characteristics of the situations I wrote about. A week of emphasis and explanations, this was!

Week of March 3, 2017:

  • Perpetual
  • Particularly (2)
  • Specific
  • Regards
  • Generalizations

I am beginning to realize that I have not been very exciting this semester. Basically, what I am trying to say is that this was another week of my usual schoolwork and bits of extracurricular writing; I must acknowledge that I did write multiple posts on this blog, though, which is somewhat unique for me. One of the words on this list, “generalizations,” was utilized quite a bit in one of my posts, as I was trying to express how I view and think of myself as a whole. I found myself employing the words “particularly” and “specific” in my other post, and I find it to be interesting that these words are so contradictory to the aforementioned one regarding conclusions. Some of these words were actually prevalent in my schoolwork as well, as while planning and writing out ideas for one of my classes, I often started out with broad ideas, but then tried to also highlight specifics. Balance! Another word that I used extensively in conjunction one of my classes was “regards,” as I had to write about a number of topics, and thus, I tried to transition between them in ways that would seem at least a little bit eloquent. Lastly, for some reason (which was probably just my love of the word), I thought it would be fun to somehow incorporate the word “perpetual” into my life. As a result, it did end up in my Twitter biography, although I worry that its placement may not make sense to anyone besides myself.

Week of March 10, 2017:

  • Specific (2)
  • Distinct
  • Multitude
  • Such
  • Implementation

I did quite a bit of researching and writing this week, and it incarnated itself in my difficulty to narrow the list of words above down to five (I was unable to do so the next week, though). Much of the research I did was focused on the ideas I developed the week before, and basically all of the words on this list relate to those ideas I was working on for a class of mine. As one can see, my use of the word “specific” carried over from the previous week, and a synonym, “distinct,” became one of my alternatives for it. My desire to acknowledge broad viewpoints, which also continued during this week, was exemplified in my application of the word “multitude,” since there were many aspects of a topic for me to portray. In turn, I employed the word “implementation” in regards to how these specific elements of the topic were brought into existence. Lastly, although I am fairly certain that I did use the word “such” in association with the research I conducted, I know that I surely found myself typing out the word ad nauseam for an analytical writing assignment for a different class. Clearly, most of my writing was academic during this particular week; I wonder if any of you can guess what I was researching (probably not, to be honest).

Week of March 17, 2017:

  • Especially (2)
  • Although
  • Aspects
  • Credible (3)
  • Thus
  • Extensive

It was another week comprised of an abundance of writing and analyzing, as proven by the fact that I could not narrow down the list above to less than six words. First of all, clearly, I found myself using words that have been staples of my diction lately during this particular week, as “especially” and “credible” are words that were included in past lists. Both of these words were greatly incorporated into explanations of sources I had to write for English and speech projects, as were the words “thus” and “although”; I really wanted to try to seem eloquent and rational while working on these important projects. The word “aspects” is one that specifically was associated with a speech I was working on, as I ended up having to quickly make it the focal point of my presentation, so it was one that I utilized excessively. Lastly, almost every piece of writing I worked on during this week, such as my blog post, had the word “extensive” in it, as I believed it to be one that could represent the importance and broadness of the topics I was covering.

Week of March 24, 2017:

  • Instead
  • Really
  • Information
  • Aspects (2)
  • Concept
  • Effective (2)

Yes, my friends, for the second week in a row, I could not cut down my list lower than six words. Many of the same (or similar) projects were my focus for this particular week, which is portrayed in how the word “aspects” was one that I used excessively for the second week in a row. That word was involved with the speech I gave during this week, so of course it was one that I said a multitude of times. My speech was also the primary reason why I said I word usually try to not overuse, “really,” many times during my speech in order to show emphasis; my use of the word “effective” was also a result of my desire to make my points and research regarding my topic of interest come across to my audience. The words “concept,” “information,” and “instead” were all associated with a different, and quite important, project that I worked on for my English class (although “instead” can also be found in this week’s blog post of mine as well). With this project, I needed to both analyze many sources and propose my ideas for our cumulative assignment for the class, so all of this work surrounding my main topic resulted in my overuse of the aforementioned words.

*20-Week Reflection*

Week of March 31, 2017:

  • Immediately
  • Pretentious
  • Iconic
  • Charming

My first college spring break finally arrived, and of course, I did not do anything very exciting. I did write a bit, though, and the second installment of my “Monthly Monday Music Melange” series is what drove me to using the words charming and immediately a noticeable amount of times, as many of the songs I included in the list were endearing ones I found myself loving from my first listen. Besides my writing for this blog and working on school assignments (I know…I am weird), much of my spring break was spent on the internet, and thus, I caught myself describing basically everything as iconic internally. Once again, I know I am weird. Lastly, I tried to be at least somewhat self-aware, and particularly since I started to plan out a speech for one of my classes that would be about NPR, I kept thinking to myself, “I am so pretentious.” (That last sentence pretty much describes my spring break and my entire life, by the way.)

Week of April 7, 2017:

  • Involved
  • Excessively (2)
  • Which
  • Great (2)
  • Associated

It was time to get back to my usual college routine. I had to give a sizable amount of feedback to my peers throughout the week and for multiple classes, so I felt compelled to use the word great a lot. I also caught myself utilizing the words involved, associated, and which ad nauseam; this implementation was due to analyses and explanations I produced throughout the week for my work on my blog (this ongoing post and a new one) and an essay I had to write out. Lastly, I realized during this week that I kept making note of the word excessively, which I predict was due to the fact that I wanted to prove to myself that I know the difference between it and extensively, which for some reason, I was prone to messing up in the past. Here is to improvement (and basic lexicon), my friends!

* Please note that I started to italicize the listed words in my analyses on April 14, 2017*

Week of April 14, 2017:

  • Ambivalent
  • Important (3)
  • Implementation (2)
  • Particularly (3)

This particular week was not too out of the ordinary, if not just a bit more stressful than usual (in contrast to the following week; see below for more detail). A lot of effort and thought was put into my preliminary preparations for my next, and last, performance for my speech class; consequently, I used the words important and ambivalent quite a few times. In doing so, I wanted to show how my strong beliefs that I wanted to portray in my speech were in contrast to those my classmates had at the time, and thus, prove that my speech topic was worthy of approval by my professor. (I must admit, though, that I realized that I used the word ambivalent somewhat incorrectly at times.) Also, I conducted some work of significance for my English class and on an essay for a different course, which both had to do with certain concepts and tactics, and these assignments led me to utilizing the word implementation many times in regards to the topics at hand. Lastly, the word particularly showed up very often in my writing during this week, especially in my analyses I wrote for previous weeks in this post, my actual blog post for the week, and likely in the aforementioned essay as well. Such fun, and such emphasis!

Week of April 21, 2017:

  • Association
  • Hope
  • Regarding (2)
  • Necessary
  • Especially (3)
  • Acknowledge

Contrary to the previous week, the week of April 21, 2017 was kind of crazy, at least in comparison to what my usual weeks are like; in fact, in the notes on my phone, I typed out about the period of time “Weirdest week of insanity and emotions.” Yes, that is about right. Anyway, I did quite a lot of work on a project for my English class (which I am actually currently writing about) during the week, and so the words association and regarding were ones that I used a notable amount of times in hopes of seeming eloquent and knowledgeable. Especially is another word that I have used a multitude of times throughout this semester, and during this week particularly, with it taking form in many of my endeavors, such as the aforementioned project. Speaking of this week’s other work, the word acknowledge was one I implemented ad nauseam in regards to the speech I was organizing and working on. I also wrote a lot of emails to professors throughout the week, which often showcased my desire to be apologetic, humble, and adaptable; as a result, I utilized the words necessary (as in, “if necessary”) many times. Similarly, I found myself typing out the word hope in not only my emails, but also in my blog post for the week. It was definitely an odd and overwhelming week, but I would like to believe that I made it through!

Week of April 28, 2017:

  • Association (2)
  • Entity
  • Hopefully
  • Concept (2)

I would say that my life returned to some kind of normalcy during this week, as the end-of-semester work intensified. For instance, I did much work for a speech that I would end up giving the following week, which necessitated creating an annotated works cited page (more like eight pages) and practicing the speech itself; the words association and entity were used quite often by yours truly in regards to these assignments, my topic of choice that the speech revolved around, and the sources I used during my research process. Also, I made more progress on my previously mentioned English project (and a related evaluation I wrote about a presentation), in which I also employed the word entity, in addition to the word concept, in order to explain the topics I targeted during my research and writing. Hopefully is a word I used excessively that I think demonstrates the kind of insecurity I had at the time, as I used it in my blog post for the week, an upcoming post I was working on, my aforementioned English evaluation, and likely in other situations as well. By typing out this word, I wanted to seem genuine and apologetic for any potential errors of mine. Whew.

Week of May 5, 2017:

  • Such (2)
  • Received
  • Harm
  • Knowledge
  • Public
  • Feedback

Lots of writing was had during this particular week, as demonstrated by the relatively long list of words associated with the time period. I spent almost the entire weekend working on a reflection essay for my English class, which drove me to using the words suchknowledge, and public, received, and feedback excessively. All of these words were used in order to showcase all of the work I did for a project, and in hopes of seeming eloquent and self-aware. Also, the speech that I mentioned working on during previous weeks was finally given and reflected on (it was about federal funding for public radio, in case anyone was wondering), and since it was persuasive, I utilized the words harmpublic, and feedback with much purpose behind them. The last word is one that I think aptly represents the entire week; it was time for me to finally (and eagerly) showcase my work and accept evaluations, both from myself and others.

Week of May 12, 2017:

  • Corresponding
  • Actually
  • Conducted
  • Admit
  • Effort

It was almost the end of the semester, and eerily, the amount of schoolwork I had to do was actually decreasing substantially (along with my time management skills). Since much time was available for me to truly invest in my work, I actually spent much of the weekend creating a blog post about my Wikipedia project. Even though the post was fairly similar to an essay I had already written, I created it almost completely from scratch, and in it, I maybe over-utilized the words corresponding, conducted, admit, actually, and effort (yes, the entire list above). The first two words largely had to do with the research that I did for the article that held most of my attention, while the last three were essentially ways for me to show a bit of vulnerability in regards to my work, while still trying to portray the depth of what I did. In addition, I started to write an actual assessment of the English class, in which I also tried to prove my worth as a student by employing the word effort a multitude of times. Whew. No wonder my level of confidence was a major question during the following week.

Week of May 19, 2017:

  • Opportunities
  • Suppose
  • Effective (3)
  • Concise
  • Confidence

My last week of the spring semester arrived! My final exam schedule was actually not very insane; consequently, my time management skills did not improve much from the week before. Regardless, I still did the work that I had to accomplish, and was pretty dedicated to finishing up the semester in a positive way. One of my largest writing assignments was for my speech class, as I was required to answer fifteen critical thinking questions about the course. Within my writing, it became noticeable that I incorporated the words opportunities, effective, and concise quite a few times. By using these words, I hoped to show my greater recognition of ways in which I could improve as a communicator. Also, I used the word confidence a lot, not only in my speech assignment & our subsequent discussion, but also within my blog post for the week; my personal level of said concept was definitely on my mind at the time. Overall, seeing that I had to write and edit a few reflections for my various classes, using my ability to portray my enjoyment and appreciation of the courses I took was a major goal of mine during this particular week. Even so, I did often utilize the word suppose, as my fear of expressing the validity of my efforts unequivocally was apparent. I made it through, though!

Week of May 26, 2017:

  • Nervous (3)
  • Institutions
  • Effective (4)
  • Really (2)
  • Invest
  • Still

This particular week, my friends, was the majority of my eleven-day summer break (I am taking a class this summer). So, please take a second to guess how I spent my brief time off. If you guessed “relaxing,” I am sorry to say that you are incorrect. But, if you thought “freaking out about your future,” congratulations, because you are correct! Seriously, though, I spent most of my week anxiously thinking about my future, both academically and career-wise, as demonstrated by the inclusion of the word nervous in the list above. Since I was still so focused on college at the time, I developed my idea (and corresponding blog post) about my desire to start a greater conversation about community college; within the post, naturally, I utilized the word institutionseffective, and still in regards to my experiences thus far with college. Mentioned in the post is also my idea of starting a podcast of the same name, and I must admit that I actually created a “demo” of sorts for such a program. As I listened to it, it became noticeable that I said the words really and invest quite a few times, in addition to many of the aforementioned words. With my somewhat crazy ideas in mind, I truly wanted to show my dedication and passion for the future through my emphasis-based diction. Of course, I also must mention that I created a challenge that I participated in during the week, which was both fun to write and shows the odd mindset I was in at the time. What a carefree summer break, I suppose!

Week of June 2, 2017:

  • Finally
  • Charming (2)
  • Interest

I calmed down a bit during this particular week, as I was aware that I needed to enjoy my last few days of summer break before my class started on Wednesday. Accordingly, I did not write as much as usual, as the list above reveals (though I did read a lot). I did make sure to continue my “Monthly Monday Music Melange” series on Memorial Day, though, in which I employed the words charming and interest many times; my realization that I had been enjoying particularly endearing music throughout the month of May and desire to express my growing interest in certain musicians necessitated this use. The word finally appeared in that post as well, for similar reasons, in addition to its inclusion in my analyses of previous weeks for this ongoing post of mine. Simply put, I was starting to get back to business during this particular week, although trying to make the most of every summer day while also doing schoolwork was an adjustment.

Week of June 9, 2017:

  • Acknowledge (2)
  • Aforementioned (3)
  • Incompetent
  • Will
  • Well
  • Since

The first full week of my summer class had arrived! Considering the fact that the class was offered as a five-week course over the summer, though, my work toward the main project of the class quickly intensified. In fact, almost all of the six words listed above were used in association with said class.  Much of my writing was for a few sections of the project, which involved much research and decision-making; consequently, I wanted to show my thought process through my use of the words acknowledgeaforementioned, and since. Accordingly, it is also worth noting that my focus on the future (as a result of the intentions of the project) led me to employing words such as will a very noticeable amount of times. Some other communication was had with others, and these hopeful discussions led me to possibly over-utilizing words such as well. On the other hand, though, I became engulfed in a habit of describing myself as incompetent; self-depreciation definitely arose from my increase in responsibility and corresponding desire to not become overconfident.

In the Notes app on my phone, I instructed myself to add that I was looking for excuses to use the word necessitate throughout the week, but to little avail. Take that as you will; I just know that I love that word.

Week of June 16, 2017:

  • Offered
  • Indicated
  • With
  • Since (2)
  • Along
  • Utilized

Once again, my project for the aforementioned summer class was my focus throughout the week. I had to write a paper about a hotel I inspected over the weekend (which I mentioned in my blog post of the week), and that lengthy piece was the reason for much of my utilization of the words in the list above. Considering the goals of the inspection, which mostly involved assessing the quality of the hotel, it is not too surprising that I found myself typing out the words offeredindicated, and along ad nauseam. I also wrote quite a bit for other sections of my overlying project, and these aspects that involved decision-making necessitated my use of the word utilized; overall, though, the course at hand and my bouts of insecurity drove me to constantly justifying every decision I made, hence my heavy employment of the words since and with (as in, “With these…”). Whew.

Similarly to the week before, I wrote a note to myself in order to remind yours truly to state that the word specific just missed the cut for the list above. Details are important, I must say.

Week of June 23, 2017:

  • Offers (2)
  • Option
  • Since (3)
  • Utilized (2)
  • Appropriate
  • Impress

Yes, my friends, the project associated with my class took over my use of language for this particular week as well. Much decision-making was involved, and thus, I could not stop typing out the word option. Accordingly, just as with the week before, my nervousness about my choices led to a considerable amount of justification, as indicated by my use of the words sinceappropriate, and impress; the last two words were involved with how my selections were acceptable for the specific fictitious situation. In addition, as descriptions of my options were another component of the project, my employment of the word offers in regards to the various aspects of the selections I made was apparent. (Note that I decided to mark offers as my second inclusion of that word in these lists, even though the week before, it was in the form of offered; it would have been odd to consider them different words as a whole). Lastly, throughout the week, and especially for a group assignment, for which I obviously volunteered to write on behalf of the group, my use of the word utilized was quite noticeable. Admittedly, it was difficult for me to even avoid including the word throughout this one analysis. It is just a very useful word, what else can I say?

Week of June 30, 2017:

  • Relatively
  • Ensure
  • Which (2)
  • Activity
  • Purpose

The last week of my summer class had arrived; the five weeks (although we actually ended early) really did feel like a much longer period of time, due to the intensity I put into my schoolwork. By the beginning of the week, I was basically done writing for the project, but the minor fixes I made to my work still impacted my diction. For instance, the word which was heavily involved with both the questions I had to write for a section of my project and my overall use of phrases along the lines of “in which” (honestly, it still takes me some time to decide which form of the phrase to use when I do so). Also, while working on a group assignment, I almost became angry with myself for how often I typed out the word ensure, in regards to how an event could be successful. Once I was actually done with my class, my focus turned toward my blog post for the week; how ironic is it, though, that my post ended up being strongly associated with the course? Anyway, the fact that the post was about a little project I had fun with led to my utilization of the words activity and purpose, since I wanted to convey my desire to make not only the project, but also my entire summer as one with motivation and improvement. My employment of the word relatively during this particular week was in association with my blog as well, but pointedly for a post I finished writing at the very start of the week. Ha.

Week of July 7, 2017:

  • Experience (3)
  • Honest
  • Occur
  • With (2)
  • Would
  • Time

My first true week of summer break since May was upon me. What did I do, then? Relax? Become a responsible college student by finding a way to do work for compensation? No; instead, after relaxing for a couple of days (accompanied by guilt), I threw myself into a project on this blog that I had been contemplating the pursuit of for a couple of weeks, once I developed a solid and exciting idea as to how I would accomplish it. This project became a large motive for my writing throughout the week, as I even spent the Fourth of July working on what would become my post entitled “Chicago’s Wellington Hotel.” The post was written in an almost encyclopedic way, thus leading me to employing the words eventuallyoccurwith, and would, in order to explain the timeline of the hotel at hand. (On a side note, figuring out what tense to write in was very frustrating for me.) Another piece associated with this blog motivated me to write thoughtfully, of which I do not believe I should disclose details yet, so I will just state the fact/hint that it led me to typing out the words experience and time on a few occasions. The latter of the words also incarnated itself in the aforementioned blog post, since “at the…” and “over…” were phrases I found myself using quite often between both pieces. As a whole, I was very overwhelmed by the end of the week by all of my writing that I truly wanted to execute well; a few other words did not make the list above (legacyindicates, and apparent), and I wrote in the Notes application on my phone “TIRED OF EVERYTHING” and “THIS ONE WAS A DOOZY.” I love summer break!

Week of July 14, 2017:

  • Particularly (4)
  • Despite
  • Mode
  • Further
  • Time (2)
  • Attraction

Readers should probably know by now that once I start a project, I instantaneously become determined to complete it successfully, even if no one else cares about it (look no further than the blog post at hand). This characteristic of mine was made clear throughout this week, knowing that I spent much of the time period working on my post entitled “The Ferris Wheel: A Perpetual Chicago Staple.” Quite frankly, all of the words in the list above were utilized in association with the post; for instance, the words particularly and time were ways for me to describe the invention and progression of the Ferris wheel. Despite is a word that I realized became a staple for me because of its status as a synonym of sorts to regardless, a word that I had caught myself using ad nauseam before; similarly, I believe I employed the word further often because of my desire to avoid another one of my favorite words, furthermore (I just cannot escape it, I suppose). Although the word attraction largely had to do with the Ferris wheel as the focus of my blog post, to be honest, it also stuck with me due to my recent new wave of appreciation for the song “High Ticket Attractions” by The New Pornographers. Lastly, mode is a word I found myself employing in association with my post recounting my recent Chicago visit, even though I barely knew how to properly use it.

I also took note of my use of words such as published, but excluded them from the list above, since they are words that I essentially utilized out of necessity, rather than style; this reasoning is also why the word wheel is not part of the list.

Week of July 21, 2017:

  • Utilized (3)
  • Progress
  • Due
  • Claimed
  • Clear (2)
  • Terms

Yet another week consisting of work on my “Echoes of the Exposition” series had arrived. I believe this to be the week in which I really began to question myself and my decision to revolve my time around the series (and the post entitled “125 Years of Chicago Crowds on the ‘L’“), which is exemplified by the very long and confusing list of words regarding this particular week that inhabits my personal notes. First of all, I found myself employing the word utilized in many of its forms throughout the blog post at hand, as it fit quite well with my overlying theme of modes of transportation. Progress is another word that became a staple for me, both as a source of motivation and with regards to the development of the ‘L’ in Chicago, of course. A couple of phrases also integrated themselves into my vocabulary, and thus in my blog post of the week, including “due to” (I clearly wanted to rationalize the claims I made) and “in terms of.” Accordingly, since I incorporated quotations into my work, I ended up using the word claimed quite a few times; despite my attempts to resist the word clear for such a reason, in addition to my aforementioned desire to assert the validity of my conclusions, I could not help but harness its power.

Some other words that made their way onto my very lengthy preliminary list are declaredannouncedasmucheven, justdescribes, and transportation, the last of which I excluded because of the reason outlined in my previous analysis. Whew.

Week of July 28, 2017:

  • Even
  • Notion
  • Use
  • Appeal
  • Showcase
  • Entity (2)

Right from studying the ‘L’ transit system to dissecting bits of the history of souvenir postcards, I went! Just as with the previous week, I could not stop noticing the multitude of words I repeated within my work, leading to some frustration with myself. Anyway, after its past inclusion in a preliminary list, even found its way onto an official list of mine; although I tried to decrease my use of the word, its ability to convey emphasis was simply difficult to disregard as I went through the week at hand. Notion is another word that had creeped into my vocabulary over time, but became particularly noticeable within my writing throughout this particular week. Since the tracking of my habits led to a heightened awareness of my preoccupation with the word utilization, I knew that I had to work on replacing it with others of the same sort; my need to describe the reaction of the public to postcards necessitated my employment of the word use, though. Ultimately, these historical reactions became a large component of my blog post, and thus, the appeal that people found in the entity of postcards was apparent. One word experienced a somewhat normal level of inclusion in my writing, but nevertheless, became almost unbearable to type out: showcase. I believe the reasons why I felt so tired of this word to be my application of its many forms (such as showcased and showcases) and my need to introduce the various sources in which I found the information I wanted to portray.

I suppose I have developed a habit of creating extensive lists of my most overused words, as for this week, I made sure to note that I also employed the words handled, suchthus, and demonstrates to great lengths. Can my readers tell that I am really challenging myself with this independent research project of mine? Probably.

Week of August 4, 2017:

  • Indicate (2)
  • Offer (3)
  • Permeates
  • History
  • Hope (2)
  • Purposes (2)

The last week of my “Echoes of the Exposition” adventure finally arrived, and with it, my focus went to the Chicago Athletic Association and the subsequent hotel in its location. Once again, a lengthly preliminary list, this time of about sixteen words, developed on my phone in preparation for the final list above. While discussing the building’s narrative, I found myself utilizing words such as history and indicate in many instances, the latter of which aptly representing how I incorporated information from websites and historical newspaper articles into my blog post. The thesis of my piece, claiming that the hospitality industry that now clearly permeates the hotel has always incarnated itself into the clubhouse, resulted in my rather questionable employment of words regarding the building’s past that would help validate my belief, such as offer and purposes. Lastly, since the resulting post was the last in my series, I clearly laid out my hope that it would be of value to others; the word also made its way into a somewhat ambitious post I wrote for future publication.

The other words that I recognized my egregious usage of at the time are the following: occurdescribescomprisedwithinincludingwithsuch, offor, and just. Wow.

Week of August 11, 2017:

  • Essentially
  • Process
  • General
  • Utilize (4)
  • Reflect
  • Project

One may ask what I did once I concluded my time-consuming series for this blog of mine, which happened to be during the week of my birthday. Well, I ended up writing much about that series, in addition to a 40-week reflection that was due in terms of this specific post (a link is below; my reflection on the “Echoes of the Exposition” series will be published later). Naturally, and perhaps in too literal of a way, the word reflect was a large presence in my psyche, and consequently, my blog posts for the week. Similarly, finding the right ways to describe my work became a bit of an internal struggle for me, though I ended up landing on the option of project for a large portion of the time. As I described my efforts toward both subjects, essentiallygeneral (as in the phrase “in general”), and utilize in its many forms seemed to be ways to do so conversationally. In a broader sense, process is another word that I employed a rather annoying amount of times, as it encapsulated the methods of my madness that contributed to my creations. Also, I must add that I now am aware of my excessive use of –ly adverbs, which I am working on lessening.

*40-Week Reflection*

Week of August 18, 2017:

  • After (2)
  • Then
  • Became
  • Arose
  • Appreciate
  • While

After all the fun I experienced throughout the summer, my last week of summer break fell upon me. I did not spend too much time dwelling on the imminent stress of my upcoming academic adventures, though, as a couple of planned blog posts kept me busy and motivated. First, I must mention the recap that I wrote about a trip to Chicago I had enjoyed; just as with my previous posts with an emphasis on documentation, I found myself typing out the time-related words after and then an abundance of times as I wrote my first draft on Sunday. (In the Notes app on my phone, I stated that the book I was reading, Nabokov’s Favorite Word Is Mauve by Ben Blatt, made me discover my overuse of then.) Also, I consciously attempted to replace my constant usage of impressive with the word appreciate in that post, thus resulting in the latter’s ultimate inclusion in my weekly list. One word that received much implementation in both my recap and my “Echoes of the Exposition” reflection, due to its utility as a component of phrases and by itself, is while. As for the reflection as a whole, I spent much time explaining how my perspective, feelings, and ideas developed over time as I worked on the project; consequently, became and arose were employed many times by yours truly as I worked on the post. Yay for summer break, I suppose.

Week of August 25, 2017:

  • General (2)
  • Interested
  • Nostalgic

Well, my friends, the first week of the Fall 2017 semester finally arrived. I did not write much throughout the time period, as I was inclined to dedicate almost all of my time to reading the textbooks associated with my classes. (If any of my professors are reading this analysis, please appreciate my hard work.) General is a word that I noted my constant usage of, all the while, both in an email to a professor regarding my work on this blog and in my constantly churning mind. Furthermore, my interaction with professors and classmates resulted in my consistent employment of the word interested, most of which was due to “icebreaker” activities that involved my career plans, and once again, my own thoughts about such subjects. The final member of this short list is nostalgic, and the prevalence of this word arose from multiple interesting situations throughout the week, including my peculiar nostalgia for past semesters and an article I read for a class about our society’s obsession with reminiscence. In fact, I ended up writing a whole post about the topic. (Self-promotion…what a concept for this new semester.)

Week of September 1, 2017:

  • Indulge
  • Interest (2)
  • Danger
  • After (3)
  • Feel

Hello, September (or, as I like to think of it, the month of academics)! My responsibilities regarding my classes continued to confront me throughout this second week of classes, with some concepts from the previous period of time carrying over to this week as well. For instance, the prevalence of the words indulge and feel in my mind and writing largely originated from my blog post from the previous week about my questionable obsession with nostalgia. All the while, though, other modes of communication with classmates and professors necessitated my use of the word to an even greater extent. Another pair of words, interest and after, incorporated themselves quite a few times into my “Monthly Monday Music Melange” post, in hopes to portray how my music preferences developed during August. Lastly, being who I am, I worked on an extra credit report for one of my classes throughout this particular week; such a piece about sanitation led to my employment of danger. Such fun!

Week of September 8, 2017:

  • Hunker
  • Productive
  • Research

The week of Labor Day arrived, and interestingly enough, this occurrence allowed for a five-day weekend for yours truly. Do not worry though, for during this time, I continued to delve deeply into my reading assignments for all of the courses in which I am enrolled (hence my short list above). In some ways, I still felt guilty about my time spent away from campus, so in addition to doing schoolwork in my college’s library on the last day of my weekend, I kept the word productive in my mind in order to demand myself to stay focused on academics. In addition, I often used the word hunker to both myself and others in order to describe the studying habits I hoped to develop. (I must note that my use of the word was unrelated to the horrific, upcoming hurricanes.) As I pondered projects I had previously pursued, the subject of my blog post for the week, and possible career paths, the word research also inevitably became quite noticeable to me. This particular was an interesting one, indeed.

Week of September 15, 2017:

  • Service
  • Experience (4)
  • Though
  • Offers (4)
  • Utilize (5)

You know what they say, “Another school week, another load of writing!” One of my Fall 2017 classes, an online course, began at the start of this particular week; thus, not only did the introductory coursework take up much of my attention, but it also caused the inclusion of several words in the list above. Namely, the words serviceexperience, though, and offering largely were used by yours truly in relation to posts I was compelled to write regarding my interpretation of my interactions with hospitality organizations. (I must note that some of my employment of these words was necessitated by the course material, but I still used them voluntarily at times, so they are valid entries, in my figurative book.) An essay I wrote about myself also resulted in my operation of the first two words of the aforementioned list, along with utilize, due to its relation to my goals for the course; even further, my plan-oriented blog post for the week and interactions with others led to my usage of offeringutilize, and though, the latter of which exemplifying my desire to take advantage of the power of contrast. It was a week of connections, I suppose.

Week of September 22, 2017:

  • Essentially (2)
  • Misinterpret
  • Value
  • Environment
  • Regarding (3)

This particular school-focused week was quite stressful for yours truly, almost entirely because of a large exam I prepared for and subsequently spent much of my mental energy analyzing in terms of my performance. In particular, essentiallyvalue, and regarding (in several different forms) became words that I utilized in my plans for essay prompts that I had received ahead of time, and afterwards, the word misinterpret epitomized my anxieties about how well I executed such an exam. Besides some interaction and writing I produced in association with my work on this blog, which also led to my use of the rather useful word regarding, another heavily writing-based assignment garnered my attention toward the end of the week. Within this task, I surely employed the word environment a plethora of times, both out of necessity and by choice (and my limited vocabulary, to be honest). I think one repeated declaration in the Notes app on my phone represents how I reacted to this particular week: ugh.

Week of September 29, 2017:

  • Began
  • Delve
  • Exemplify
  • Perpetuate (2)
  • Believe
  • Amalgamate

I calmed down a bit during this particular week (luckily something I was worried about worked out well), but nevertheless, my writing and speaking habits did not dissipate. For instance, my blog posts for the week played a large role in my diction; began and delve seemed to perfectly encapsulate my developing taste in music throughout September 2017, and my excessive use of the word exemplify came to my attention while writing a blog post about writing the Constitution by hand. This Constitution-related and opinionated extra credit assignment, along with discussion board posts I wrote for an online class, also led to my employment of the word believe. Through both speech and writing, my love of the words perpetuate and amalgamate became evident as well, particularly in the aforementioned group of academic posts that involved much interpretation. Such fun…maybe.

Week of October 6, 2017:

  • Evident
  • Variable
  • Despite (2)
  • By
  • Mentioned
  • Demonstrates

The extent to which I wrote, thought, and edited throughout the week of October 6, 2017 is no better illustrated than the phrase “ugh worried” that is in the Notes app on my phone with regard to the period of time. Aside from discussion board posts (and a blog post) that involved a bit of explanation, and thus led to my use of the words evident and variable, two longer pieces of writing were my foci throughout the week. While one comprehensive piece was largely connected to my employment of the word by, one major essay that I wrote and subsequently had to cut in half (the horror) was almost entirely argumentative; consequently, the words despitedemonstratesmentioned, and the previously-stated evident and by were each used a multitude of times by yours truly, in hopes that doing so would help me explain and prove my points adequately (without overusing one of my favorite words, aforementioned, obviously). This was the week of proving points, I suppose.

Week of October 13, 2017:

  • Involved (2)
  • While (2)
  • Ensure (2)
  • Utilize (6)
  • Unique (2)

A weeks of ups, downs, and odd situations, this was! The start of this time period necessitated my use of the word involved, as it would become a noticeable part of my blog post for the week about STEM and Disney Imagineering. Later on, though, much of my writing was in regard to my online class, for which I wrote posts and a short essay about important concepts and changes in the hospitality industry; thus, the words whileutilize, and unique found their way in much of my work. The second-to-last of such words also is one that I happened to harness the power of to a great extent while taking a written exam largely about procedures, along with the word ensure. Fun.

Week of October 20, 2017:

  • Beautiful
  • Affect
  • Ideas
  • Understand

This particular week turned out to be a bit of an odd one, as instead of creating much independent content, I participated in both exhaustive reviewing and multiple field trips. Regardless, my blog was still a source of some of my writing for the week, as writing about sunsets resulted in my excessive use of the word beautiful. In addition, words such as affect and ideas were utilized by yours truly in accordance with a group project meeting. Admittedly, I was a bit nervous about typing out the former word incorrectly at the time; this nervousness also aligns with how I felt as I used the word understand ad nauseam while preparing for an upcoming exam. What a time.

Week of October 27, 2017:

  • Implications
  • Allow
  • Within
  • Way
  • Such (3)
  • Great (3)

The last full week of October happened to entail much (fraught) communication. First of all, per usual, the discussion board I participated in for my online class provoked some noticeable word use, as the words implications and way seemed to often be in my thoughts and participation regarding the effect-based questions at hand. In addition, I had a significant exam in the middle of the week and hence found myself writing out the words allowwithin, the aforementioned way, and such to great extents. The hindmost word also appeared in my reflection-based blog post quite a bit, and my other form of “fun” writing (emails with a professor, of course) led to my possibly insincere use of the word great. This was an odd week, as shown by the words “gross mess basically” that are in my notes regarding the period of time.

Week of November 3, 2017:

  • Regarding (4)
  • Such (4)
  • Sans
  • Notion (2)
  • Perspective
  • Perceived

Yet another week of much writing was upon me, this time in more of an independent way. Of course, my discussion board posts were one of the main motivators of my vocabulary use of the week; regardingsuch (which I felt was a cliché), sans (as a replacement for without), and notion are all words that seemed particularly helpful in displaying my thoughts and reasoning with regard to a policy in question. At the same time, the words regarding and sans were involved in an essay that I began writing for a project entailing relatively lengthy explanations. Toward the end of the week, I wrote a reflection for extra credit on a fascinating college-sponsored event I attended; thus, the words perspective and perceived were utilized quite a few times by yours truly, the latter of which also appearing in a separate assignment of mine that did not involve much independent thought. Indeed, this turned out to be an interesting week.

Week of November 10, 2017:

  • Aspects (3)
  • Success
  • Allow (2)
  • Corresponding (2)

Once again, my schoolwork played a major role in my diction for the week, though two assignments specifically held my focus. First of all, a short analytical essay I wrote with regard to a benchmark hospitality organization ended up heavily incorporating the words aspectssuccessallow, and corresponding (yes, all of the words in my list). Similarly, the work I put into describing a potential future society involved much explanation; thus, only the second word in the aforementioned list seemed to be absent from my otherwise consistent and noticeable reliance on the other helpful terms. Yay for projects, I suppose.

Week of November 17, 2017:

  • Implementation (3)
  • Benefit
  • Reference
  • Done

Surprise, surprise; the kinds of projects and assignments from prior weeks continued to dominate how I utilized my vocabulary throughout this particular week! Another short essay, this time about the possible merits of a specific program used in such establishments as hotels, seemed to necessitate my excessive use of the words implementationbenefit, and reference, the last of which also being employed in association with suggestions I made for a group essay. This week that entailed plentiful reading and reviewing of work also corresponded to the word done, which did not actually end up more in my writing than it did in my mind as I focused on making progress in my various projects. Such fun.

Week of November 24, 2017:

  • Individual
  • Issue
  • Complacent
  • Expose

Alas, the week of Thanksgiving break was upon me. I had only three classes during this particular week, but fear not, for I still exercised my measly vocabulary to an acceptable extent. One assignment that drove such action was an extra credit reflection I wrote about an event I attended at the end of the previous week; this banquet of sorts regarding food insecurity inspired my use of the words individual and issue. The former selection also made its way into my mind and note-taking as I planned for a large group project; accordingly, my worried self that had to quickly undertake revisions found the words complacent and expose to be quite fitting in different ways. A week of revising (and celebrating the holidays), it was!

Week of December 1, 2017:

  • Dissipate
  • Increased
  • Thus (2)
  • Interest (3)
  • Issue (2)

With the start of December came the conclusion of multiple weighty class projects, and thus the start of my final exam studying processes. One particular presentation that I spent much time preparing for (and stressing over) was with regard to the group project that has undoubtedly been mentioned in many analyses of past weeks. In fact, I can say with honesty that the words dissipateincreasedthusinterest, and issue all were subject to much usage as I attempted to explain the work of the group in which I labored: the entire list for the week. The blog post I wrote as part of my “Monthly Monday Music Melange” series did grant me an enjoyable and reflection-based reprieve from this strain, though, and consequently provoked my employment of the words thus and interest (often in the form of interesting). Even further, while participating in a discussion board for my online class, the word issue became prevalent, due to my exploration of the merits of a strategy often used in the hospitality industry. What a week, huh?

Week of December 8, 2017:

  • Intimidated
  • Seen
  • Clear (3)
  • Basically
  • Focus

Luckily enough, I essentially had an entire week to study and prepare for final exams. Therefore, many of the words I utilized during this particular period of time were associated with my efforts; for instance, the words seen, clear, and focus were all large components of the potential seminar final exam essays for which I prepared. The last word of the three is also one that became one of constant use while I wrote my blog post for the week, and even further, as my mind ran and speech was produced during this important time. Communication with others also led to my employment of the words basically and intimidated; the latter of the two made its way into a course evaluation as well. Such are the choices one can find in my last week of regular class meetings.

Week of December 15, 2017:

  • Demonstrate (2)
  • Regard (5)
  • Suited
  • Throughout
  • Listen
  • Apt

Finals week for the Fall 2017 semester arrived at once. I actually only had one day on which I had to take final exams in class, so on a stressful Monday, I found myself writing out the words demonstrate and regard many times in association with my more argumentative exam writing. Once the weight of my classes was lifted off of my shoulders, I dove back into writing quite quickly, as I worked to write blog posts that could be posted on a scheduled basis while I would be on vacation. I had much fun writing my posts about the semester music-wise and a political event I attended; thus, I could easily catch myself gravitating toward the words suited, apt (a word I admittedly used to confuse with adept), throughout, and listen in such posts. A largely satisfying week, this seemed!

Week of December 22, 2017:

  • Excited (3)
  • Wonderful (4)
  • Favorite (2)
  • Should (2)

My week of vacation had finally arrived (which was especially nice because I was starting to go insane from the amount of time I had on my hands)! Aside from taking constant notes of what I did on each day of my Walt Disney World visit, I did not produce much independent, thoughtful writing; rather, I largely utilized my vocabulary through speech. What could be found of my employment of words, even then, was not really of much substance. For example, the words excitedwonderful, and favorite all were modes through which I could express my contentment with my return to the resort. My constant use of the word should is the one that took a bit more contemplation on my part (while in a hotel lounge, might I add) to notice; seemingly, my desire for control with regard to how time was spent while on vacation had actually impacted my vocabulary. What a week!

Week of December 29, 2017:

  • Became (2)
  • Quite (4)
  • Melancholic
  • After (4)
  • Escapades

Within 24 hours of my arrival back home from vacation on Christmas Eve, I dove into the five-or-so projects I eventually assigned myself to pursue over the rest of winter break. (No one is surprised.) Anyway, one blog post that I wrote and published just as soon as my entire family settled back into the “holidays at home” routine was an installment of my “Monthly Monday Music Melange” series; this post ended up playing a large role in how I would represent my usage of words for the week at large. In particular, the words became and melancholic seemed to encapsulate my evolving music taste (and corresponding mindset) throughout the month of December, for better or for worse. I also started working on the vacation recap series concept that I had ultimately established after much internal debate, which provoked a focus on writing in yours truly. Consequently, the words quite, melancholic (once again), after, and escapades were all words that I used excessively in my work, the last of which being the only one that came as a fun surprise in my fairly prototypical synopses. I love a good escapade; what else can I say?

*60-Week Reflection*

Week of January 5, 2018:

  • Tend
  • Enjoy
  • Headed
  • Some
  • Absurd
  • Before

With regard to this particular week of winter break, I ventured to complete my work on my “Disney Day in Review” series in order to free up the following two weeks for other projects. As such, most of the many words I relied on throughout the period of time were associated with how I wanted to depict each day of vacation; the words tendenjoyheadedsomeabsurd, and before all seemed to appear to great extents within my drafts (the entire list, yes). Still, other contexts and circumstances led to their placement. For instance, the first of the six selections, tend, also is one that I incorporated into my 60-week reflection on this project while editing the post. Meanwhile, some is a word that took a greater deal of attention to notice within my posts, which was likely due to the underlying uncertainty that went with creating accurate summaries of my escapades. Lastly, the music I listened to while writing inspired my use of the word absurd in my brief stints of writing and speech on the subject; stay tuned for the next “Monthly Monday Music Melange” post to see which interesting album in particular had such an impact on yours truly.

Week of January 12, 2018:

  • Featured
  • Indicate (3)
  • Regard (6)
  • Appear
  • Stature
  • View

Just as planned, I essentially gave myself the entirety of this second-to-last week of winter break to write out the research write-up I had begun to compose in prior weeks. (I may describe my work in greater detail in the future, but for now, I will state that it involves Chicago history, a defunct magazine, and the hospitality industry at large.) Consequently, for the second list in a row, the selections above largely represent a single undertaking of mine; thus, I can assert that the words featuredindicateregardappearstature, and view all were utilized a multitude of times in my subsequent piece. With the employment of these (and many more) words, I hoped to explain the information I had found through my research in a way true to the topic at hand. Who does not love spending the nights of days sans school independently working on a lengthy analysis?

Week of January 19, 2018:

  • Time (3)
  • Honest (2)
  • Concerned
  • Accomplish

Alas, my last week of winter break had arrived. Since I had executed my plan of completing the writing process for all of my timely projects the week prior, this particular period of time was largely spent editing my work (which led to my use of the word accomplish in the context of the revised introduction of my write-up) and preparing for the semester ahead of me. For instance, while discussing future plans with others, the words time and honest were utilized quite a bit by yours truly, thus indicating this intended look into myself and my future. In fact, the latter of the two selections, along with the word concerned, ended up in some of the frantic notes I wrote to myself on my phone throughout the week. Such concern also perpetuated my constant inner employment of the aforementioned words accomplished and concerned. In retrospect, perhaps the return of my focus to schoolwork was needed at this point.

Week of January 26, 2018:

  • Conduct (2)
  • Acclimated
  • Deplete
  • Privilege
  • Ability
  • Important (4)

As one may expect, the revival of school likewise reinvigorated and escalated my diction; although I did not write far more than normal, the revitalization of my emotions and need to directly convey my thoughts to new people impacted my utilization of my vocabulary. Specifically, my ardent writing assignments about environmental biology prompted my employment of the words depleteprivilegeability, and important; my writing on discussion boards about travel incorporated the second and fourth of those words to a great extent as well. Outside of actual assignments, the word acclimated seemed to constantly run through my mind in accordance with my new routines, and my short amount of time left for blogging about one of my winter break projects was enough in which I could find myself becoming dependent on the word conduct. The first week of any semester is typically overwhelming for yours truly, and the Spring 2018 term ended up not being an exception regarding this trend.

Week of February 2, 2018:

  • Contend
  • Eager
  • Acknowledge (3)
  • Simply
  • With (3)
  • Combination

My bourgeoning use of words for the judgement of others continued to proliferate during my second week of the semester, largely due to the written assignments I had to complete throughout this period of time. For instance, my overuse of the words contendsimply, and with all originated from a review I completed with regard to an almanac I read for a class, with the first and third of the three also appearing several times in an analysis essay of practices in the hospitality industry for a different class. Additionally, this piece corresponded to my apparent dependence on the words acknowledge and combination; funnily enough, the crossover between my diction for my many responsibilities continued with posts I wrote for my online class, as the latter of the two words accompanied eager in this writing endeavor with personal ties. Whew.

Week of February 9, 2018:

  • Particular (5)
  • Conceptualize
  • Both (2)
  • Specific (3)
  • Consider
  • Indicate (4)

A note that I wrote in my phone concerning this particular week aptly represents how I felt, communication-wise, despite my poor use of punctuation: “Overwhelming writing, lots of citations.” One major task I completed at the start of this week was an enormous annotated bibliography for my environmental biology class; as such, for this undertaking of much rationalization, I found myself typing out the words particularboth, and specific a multitude of times. The first word of the bunch also made its way into an (agitating) assignment explaining my perception of the area in which I live, along with the words conceptualize (which seemed to be *just* different enough in form from concept, a word I often use), specificconsider, and indicate (in its many forms). Lastly, for another week, my online class provoked much disclosure of my perspective on travel-related changes; thus, many words previously stated, including conceptualize and both, were employed by yours truly. What a time.

Week of February 16, 2018:

  • Practices
  • Identify
  • Allow (3)
  • Such (5)
  • Engage
  • Involved (3)

A week of much thought, writing, and speaking, this was! As per usual, the discussion board associated with my online class impacted my diction; this time around, my focus on the work of one specific industry led to my excessive use of the words practices and such (a word with which I seemed to start a considerable amount of my sentences). The latter of the two words also found its way into a document in which I attempted to argue my position on a “hot topic” of sorts for a class, and in a vaguely similar manner, the words identify and allow infiltrated my rather pretentious and optimistic plans I disclosed with respect to a weighty research project. Lastly, while recording a podcast episode, which would become the subject of my blog post for the week, I caught myself saying the words engage and involved ad nauseam regarding my college experience thus far. What fun, I guess!

Week of February 23, 2018:

  • Interest (4)
  • Specifically
  • Think
  • Potential
  • Offer (5)
  • Indicate (5)

In the Notes app on my phone, concerning this particular week, I noted how I felt both tired of and insecure about my writing style, which is a result I credit to both some people who made me question my abilities and the many responsibilities I had to handle. Of course, discussion boards for my online class played a large role in my writing for the week; thus, the words specifically and interest, both of which I used to describe my thoughts on an industry of interest, were on my mind quite a bit. The former selection also was utilized to great extents by yours truly, along with the words potential and offer, with regard to a somewhat argumentative assignment I had to complete about yield management. In addition to my blog post for the week, the word potential also showed up in a short essay I wrote about the evolution of tourism; with this piece displaying my excessive use of offer (yet again) and indicate as well, it is clear that the topic was one of some concern for me. Whew.

Week of March 2, 2018:

  • Disclosure
  • Due (2)
  • Largely
  • Component
  • Involved (4)
  • Success (2)

This particular week was comprised of many interesting events and advancements, though my vocabulary and the reasons for such selections of words did not showcase much variance. As per usual, a discussion board for my online class, this time being one that entailed the creation of an analysis of a specific profession based on some exploration, dictated my diction (ha); subsequently, I found myself excessively using the words disclosure and largely. The latter of two words, along with due, also became prevalent in a short case study I completed for a class regarding my view on the evolution of the tourism industry. The process of writing essays continued to influence my diction, as shown by my apparent enthusiasm for the words componentinvolved, and success, with an assigned reflection-based piece based on the career of a prominent member of the hospitality industry. (I must add that the word symbiotic, in association with this essay, just missed this list.)

Week of March 9, 2018:

  • Eager (2)
  • Entities (3)
  • Relevant
  • Engage (2)
  • Impact (2)
  • Nervous (4)

Many projects permeated my mind throughout the first full week of March 2018, and such responsibilities are aptly represented in the diction habits I could soon identify. For instance, a very consequential project for a class of mine that was due at the end of the week involved much self-promotion, and thus led to my constant employment of the words eagerentities, and relevant. The last two of these three words proved quite relevant (sorry) to not only my inner speech, but also to a short essay I completed about changes in the air transportation industry and a separate project I conducted for the same course; these assignments likewise correspond to what seemed to be a dependence on the words engage (which also showed up in my responses for an online discussion board) and impact. For such a weighty week, it should come as no surprise that nervous made its way back into my mind, speech, and list of my most overused words for the week.

Week of March 16, 2018:

  • Corresponding (3)
  • Specifically (2)
  • Possess
  • Appeal (2)
  • Create
  • Brash

A week of some intense and contentious work, this was! First of all, one assignment in which I had to lay out imaginary plans concerning the engineering department of a hotel can be credited with regard to my excessive use of the words corresponding and specifically (the latter of the two also appeared quite a few times in my persuasive email to a professor about a certain endeavor of mine). As I wrote another short essay, this time about rural and urban geography as they relate to tourism, I found myself utilizing the words possessappeal, and create to agonizing extents; this sense of frustration, similarly, incarnated itself in the constant appearance of the word brash in my thoughts and speech (and those of others), as I have begun to work on my self-promotion skills. Interesting.

Week of March 23, 2018:

  • Aspect (4)
  • Opportunities (2)
  • Compounding
  • Largely (2)
  • Potential (2)

For the first week since winter break, my list of words that represented my diction fell to under six words in length; as I noted on my phone with respect to this occurrence, I participated in “more studying than writing” in this final leg of my lengthy mid-term season. As such, my vocabulary during the week was a bit scattered in its application; for instance, while my use of the word aspect was solely tied to a short essay I wrote about the economic aspects of tourism, the words compounding and potential appeared not only in this same document, but also in my work on an environmental biology research paper regarding the (questionable) future of high-speed train travel in the United States. Even further, the words opportunities and largely made their way into both the aforementioned tourism essay and discussion board posts I completed throughout the week (about a different aspect of travel, nonetheless). The latter of these two selections, notably, also is one I used excessively in a blog post; thus, I felt “just tired of it.” Whew.

Week of March 30, 2018:

  • Much
  • Provide
  • Wonderful (5)
  • Implementation (4)
  • Sardonic
  • Experience (5)

Spring break had arrived! Unsurprisingly, I spent this week off of school in a way quite similar to that of my first year of college: doing schoolwork (and watching a few movies). As such, even though the words sardonicwonderful, and experience appeared in my vocabulary due to my independent endeavors and thoughts, a few assignments dominated my writing for the week. For instance, much and provide are two words that were used excessively by yours truly in association with a report I wrote on an independent field trip to a local community’s tourist attractions. Furthermore, the word implementation actually showed up in several research projects I worked on throughout the week, including ones about train travel, a hospitality business, and how historic properties are benefitting from the boutique hotel trend. What a wild, crazy spring break, am I right?

Week of April 6, 2018:

  • Consider (2)
  • Properly
  • Lonely
  • Such (6)
  • Relatively (2)

Once spring break concluded, the time arrived for me to dive back into my rather typical college weekly routine. Two classes in particular dictated much of my vocabulary, the first being a tourism course that required me to make an argument about how tragic aspects of American history are to be portrayed by relevant attractions, and thus led to my constant use of the words considerproper, and such. The first of these three words also corresponds to a somewhat vexatious essay I wrote for a capstone class about accounting concepts in the hospitality industry, which also ended up provoking my dependence upon the word relatively. My mindset at the time was quite foggy, as exemplified by my use of this modifying word, along with lonely, in accordance with the feelings of redundancy in my constant editing processes that I sensed throughout the week (and soon noted in the Notes app on my phone). Whew.

Week of April 13, 2018:

  • Amid
  • Among
  • Condition
  • Potential (3)
  • Consider (3)
  • Comfortable

This particular week surely was exciting, but also harbored some areas of concern for yours truly. One outstanding assignment I handled that had a major impact on my vocabulary was an outline for a research project (which I actually had already extensively worked on weeks before); in order to better encapsulate the relevance of my topic of historic and boutique hotels to the hospitality industry, I found myself utilizing the words amidamong, and condition quite often. Interestingly, the first and last of these three words also found their way into my final revisions for an environmental biology research paper about high-speed rail in the United States. In an analysis-based essay of a smaller scale for a different course, I encountered more environmental issues and detailed them by way of the words potential and consider (in many forms, I noted). Lastly, my heightened sense of connection to my college precipitated my frequent employment of the word comfortable in a podcast episode I recorded at the end of the week. Fun times, I suppose.

Week of April 20, 2018:

  • Create (2)
  • Considerable
  • Potential (4)
  • Utilize (7)
  • Intuitively
  • Attention

“Annoyed with my writing a bit” is a fragment that can be found in the Notes application on my phone with respect to this week, and the many circumstances in which I found myself largely validated this feeling. My diction at the time was not segmented much at all; rather, I employed certain words in a multitude of contexts. For instance, the word considerable appeared in quite a few reflection-based written assignments for my environmental biology course, and separate short essays about ethics and sustainability as they relate to the hospitality industry prompted my use of utilized and intuitively. Nevertheless, the sustainability assignment in particular influenced my vocabulary significantly, as I elected to employ the words potential and attention directly in association with my topic. My blog itself still permeated my psyche a bit, though, which my excessive utilization of the word create in a Nardwuar-approved post demonstrates. What a week.

Week of April 27, 2018:

  • Associated (2)
  • Idiosyncratic
  • Likewise
  • Manner
  • Conduct (3)
  • Interest (5)

The inevitable end-of-semester preparations truly began during this particular week, with my immediate use of associated on a final exam being a potent example. Furthermore, a short essay I wrote about the legal issues associated with my research paper topic for a capstone course took up much of my thoughts, and thus prompted my dependence upon the words idiosyncraticlikewisemanner, and conduct. Notably, the second-to-last word also appeared quite often in a case study assignment I conducted regarding the relation of the Olympic Games to sustainable development. Amid this schoolwork, I was able to dedicate some time to my podcast, for which I, apparently, was utterly eager to constantly utilize the word interest in its many possible forms. This was quite a multi-faceted week, I suppose!

Week of May 4, 2018:

  • Beneficial
  • Ability (2)
  • Persist
  • Identify (2)
  • Accordance
  • Actualize

Just as with the previous week, a few major assignments held much influence on my diction. First, in a discussion board assignment for which I wrote extensively about high-speed rail, I retrospectively found my use of the words beneficial and ability excessive to the point that I had to simply cringe. Later in the week, the words persistidentify, and accordance were employed by yours truly in correspondence with a case study about the trustworthiness of guidebooks and travel reviews. Actualize, meanwhile, is a word I (relatively) seldom used, but constantly appeared in my mind as I wrote about leadership (for an assignment, of course), due to my insecurity as to if I had been using the word in valid manners. What a time.

Week of May 11, 2018:

  • Feel (2)
  • Hope (3)
  • Must
  • Refer
  • Believe (2)

The second-to-last week of the Spring 2018 semester arrived, bringing with it much studying, editing, and talking associated with my in-class presentations, events to attend, and upcoming final exams. My personal writing and speech, in contrast to many of the previous weeks, actually had a sizable influence on my vocabulary; the words feel and hope demonstrate this notion in relation to my blog post for the week and other methods of contacting individuals. Many of my courses still impacted much of my diction in predictable manners, such as with how an online discussion board prompt about traveling considerations–well–prompted my use of the word must. Likewise, my early work on a study guide for another travel and tourism class compelled me to employ the word refer a multitude of times, thanks to the emphasis on terminology. Lastly, in my presentations regarding research projects for my hospitality capstone and environmental biology courses, I found myself saying the word believe ad nauseam. What an interesting week.

Week of May 18, 2018:

  • Time (4)
  • Represent (2)
  • While (3)
  • Remain
  • Appreciate (2)

Ah–finals week arrived. I only had final exams (both in-person and virtual) through Wednesday morning, with the one written assessment making the word represent one strongly related to the week in my mind. After the semester came to its conclusion, in my true fashion, I almost immediately began work on projects for this blog. My event-based blog post that I completed the weekend prior did induce my use of the word time, but I can truthfully say that that my later work on such endeavors as my next installment of the reflective “Semester in Songs” series did lead to my employment of the words whileremain, and appreciate; thus, this more recent work seemed to have quite a remarkable impact on my diction.

*80-Week Reflection*

Week of May 25, 2018:

  • Habit
  • Nevertheless
  • Associated (3)
  • Continue
  • Note
  • Certainly

Although my sole full “break” week before the Summer 2018 semester had arrived, my eagerness to write did not cease. One major undertaking that I conducted throughout the entire week was a reflection post regarding my 80 weeks of work on this very project (linked above), which happened to prompt my use of the words habitassociated, and note. In a similar manner, my work on the three-part “Favorite Quotes” challenge influenced much of my diction, with the words neverthelesscontinue, and certainly being found quite a few times within both that series and the aforementioned post. A week of somewhat exhaustive reflection, this was!

Week of June 1, 2018:

  • New
  • Would (2)
  • Great (4)
  • Thank

The start of the Summer 2018 semester surely altered my vocabulary, for the subsequent trading in of long-form writing for much speaking on the first days seemed to guide me toward simpler, frequently used statements directed toward others. For instance, I can credit my incessant use of the words great and thank, for better or for worse, to my desire to be pleasant and professional at an internship. Before such escapades began, though, I did have time to work on my continuous “Historic Chicago Hospitality Hopscotch” post and reflect on (and edit my writing regarding) my listening habits of the past month. Consequently, the former project elicited my employment of the word would, while new and (the previously mentioned) thank became selections I utilized a remarkable number of times in association with the latter effort.

Week of June 8, 2018:

  • Explore
  • Confidence (2)
  • Expected
  • Available

This particular week was comprised of the first class meetings for the two other courses in which I am enrolled this summer; thus, much internal and written self-examination was provoked. For instance, my utilization of the word explore can be directly tied to a somewhat stereotypical “About Me” essay in which I had to describe what inspired me to enter the hospitality industry; likewise, the word available is one I associated with an assignment for a different course, compelling me to conceptualize a resort of my liking. All the while, as previously indicated, some independent endeavors were explored, as I took to thinking about confidence (or my lack thereof) and writing for my “Historic Chicago Hospitality Hopscotch” project, for which I seemed to disproportionately rely on the word expected, during the spell at hand. What a multi-faceted time.

Week of June 15, 2018:

  • Personal
  • Received (2)
  • Regarding (5)
  • Ensure (3)
  • Showcase (2)

A multitude of interesting situations were navigated by yours truly during this particular week, some of which representing my recurring use of certain words. Personal  and showcase are two such words, as I employed them ad nauseam in both my reflection-based “The Stories Behind My Drafts, Part Two” blog post and an evaluation of my performance (and those of my classmates) in a lunch service we had led; this same class prompted my use of the words ensure and received, though for assignment in which I reviewed the service conducted by a separate entity. The word showcase, once again, appeared in my schoolwork toward the end of the week, for I began my work on a portion of a long-term project concerning resort activities and features. If one word encapsulates my general writing style throughout the week, though, it would have to be regarding, of which I noted my use in essentially all of my work and communication efforts. Whew.

Week of June 22, 2018:

  • Notable
  • Local
  • Offer (6)
  • Provide (2)
  • Opportunity (3)

As mid-June approached, I further settled into my summer routine and dealt with a variety of interesting situations and circumstances. All the while, several assignments grounded me, with one such responsibility being a research paper on which I tensely worked, despite its due date being in over a month; correspondingly, my focus on proposals related to a hotel’s operations prompted my excessive use of the words notable, local, offerprovide, and opportunity (yes, the entire list featured above). The first four of said words also became associated with my work on projects related to resorts, both fictitious and substantive, and their corresponding activities and qualities. Clearly, much of my work during this particular week was explanatory in nature.

Week of June 29, 2018:

  • Likewise (2)
  • Available (2)
  • Including
  • Improvement
  • Pabulum
  • Comprised

This specific week surely boasted its fair share of overwhelming activities and engaging situations, as evidenced by my list above, which exemplifies the extent of my “quick” and “nervous” writing that I noted on my phone with respect to the period of time. While the words pabulum and comprised in particular represent my contemporaneous inner conversations and outward writing for my blog, respectively, my summer courses maintained their large influence on my vocabulary. The major essay on which I conducted much work during the previous week remained on my mind at this point, and as a consequence, the words availableincluding (in all of its forms), and the aforementioned comprised appeared in my writing quite consistently. Of course, my assignments for other classes demanded my attention, with an extensive analysis for a fictitious resort provoking my employment of the word including (once again) and a short reflection becoming associated with improvement. What a summer.

Week of July 6, 2018:

  • Some (2)
  • Manner (2)
  • After (5)
  • Comparable
  • Sounds

Alas, the week of the Fourth of July arrived–and I spent much of the period of time preparing for and attending my summer classes, of course. My diction could still be tied to much of my extracurricular writing, though, as the words some and after are ones that appeared a significant number of times in my recap-based blog post for the week. Nevertheless, a few responsibilities associated with courses held much of my attention and heavily impacted my vocabulary; for instance, I employed the former of the aforementioned words, along with manner and sounds (thanks to my go-to verbal phrase of  “sounds good”) ad nauseam as I completed a research paper and interacted with peers and faculty members. Meanwhile, another sizable assignment that required me to analyze the competition for my fictitious resort stimulated my excessive utilization of the word comparable, further proving that this week I perceived as one of “mostly reviewing” still required much personal application. What a fun holiday, I suppose.

Week of July 13, 2018:

  • Note (2)
  • Procedures
  • Would (3)
  • Nervous (5)

This particular week brought about the continuation of the trend in my life of “more talking and editing than writing,” though my inner thought cycle did not often cease. For instance, I did produce a brief reflection essay regarding my performance in one of my summer courses, hence my remarkable use of the words note and procedures; similarly, the first of the two words became well apparent in my diction as I prepared for an upcoming presentation based on the features of an extraordinary resort. My blog post for the week and ongoing project also influenced my use of words, as best represented by my excessive employment of would while I discussed my recent parade marching experience and discoveries related to Chicago’s hospitality industry. Perhaps the one word that most aptly represented this week, though, was nervous, for my anxiousness toward relatively novel situations was unremitting.

Week of July 20, 2018:

  • Available (3)
  • Should (3)
  • Ensure (4)
  • Prompt
  • Provide (3)
  • Perfect

As my end-of-semester preparations commenced during this particular week, work of much significance was heightened as well, with such efforts notably precipitating much repetition in my diction. One major source of my written work was a planning-based essay for my internship, for which I conducted revisions; specifically, I utilized the words available, should, and ensure ad nauseam in said assignment, while perfect is one strongly associated with my actual interaction with guests and employees on property. Meanwhile, my preparations for an upcoming presentation and work on a take-home final exam for a different course provoked my use of the words promptprovide, available, and ensure (the last two being ones previously referenced). What a tiring, but interesting week!

Week of July 27, 2018:

  • Along (2)
  • Typically
  • Regarding (6)
  • Just

The last week consisting of the majority of my summer courses had arrived, and as a consequence, I spent much time reviewing and solidifying my work before turning much of my attention to my blog (my typical writing block was to be hindered). My last presentation for a course did influence my vocabulary, with a source of evidence being my excessive use of the words along and typically–noted self-consciously by yours truly while giving the speech. With respect to my blog, my newfound passion for the television program entitled Check, Please! permeated my mind and writing; thus, regardingjust, and the aforementioned typically are all words that I seemed to rely upon toward the end of the week (since just narrowly missed the list, by the way). Yay, I suppose.

Week of August 3, 2018:

  • Finally (2)
  • Provided (4)
  • Quite (5)
  • Sort
  • Content

The final week of the semester was upon me, and since it was solely comprised of internship shifts, most of my writing and speech trends became associated with my personal work. For instance, my efforts toward my next, reflection-based “Monthly Monday Music Melange” installment and an upcoming “Semester in Songs” post precipitated my use of the words finally and provided. Returning to my podcasting hobby, though, had the largest impact, as evidenced by my incessant employment of the words provided (once again), quite, sort, and content in both the episode and my corresponding blog post. Evidently, this week was heavily focused on the conclusion of some of my communicative responsibilities and the revitalization of others.

Week of August 10, 2018:

  • Solidify
  • Accompany
  • Deem
  • Proposed
  • Such (7)
  • Accordance (2)

This particular week was heavily constituted by my ability to decompress from the Summer 2018 semester, attend several events in the area, and prepare for my upcoming escapades. As a consequence, my work on the “Historic Chicago Hospitality Hopscotch” project and two upcoming blog posts was quite influential on my diction. Specifically, while I did primarily use the words proposed and accordance in association with the aforementioned project, my employment of solidify, accompany, deem, and such could all be tied to my claim-based, scheduled posts for the upcoming weeks. Fun!

Week of August 17, 2018

  • Look
  • Wait
  • Excited (4)
  • Thanks (2)

Interestingly enough, my last week of summer break also posed as my action-packed vacation time; thus, my diction was influenced by my focus on speech, as opposed to writing. For instance, my excessive use of the word look was directly tied to my recommendations for those accompanying me to simply view what I found intriguing; likewise, I often found myself both asking my family members to wait for me amid our explorations and attempting to gauge if they were as excited as I had been. Lastly, I must say that I fell into a deep-rooted habit (likely because of the practices related to the internship I recently completed) of saying thanks to nearly everyone with which I came into contact–even when such an exclamation did not make much sense. Fun times!

Week of August 24, 2018:

  • Interest (6)
  • Enjoy (2)
  • Soon
  • Hope (4)

Exactly as the emails I had received while on vacation informed me, the day after I arrived back home from vacation was, in fact, my first day of the Fall 2018 semester. (By the way, I did print out a syllabus–the sole one available at the time–in the business center of a hotel at which I stayed on the way home.) Per usual, this rather overwhelming period comprised of new people, routines, and responsibilities incentivized me to spend most of my time and energy absorbing the semester’s novelty, reading, and introducing myself, with some of the ancillary time being dedicated to writing. The last activity, unsurprisingly, often was present in the form of planning-based emails; consequently, I utilized the words hope and soon quite a few times while pondering, both internally and online, my many responsibilities. The former of the two selections, alongside the words interest and enjoy, also appeared in my first discussion board posts of the semester (hello, online class), in which I described myself and interacted with others. Whew.

Week of August 31, 2018:

  • Original
  • Result
  • Both (3)
  • Allocate
  • Beneficial (2)
  • Attention (2)

My academic responsibilities (and stress), evidently, became prominent upon the arrival of the second week of the semester, as shown by the motivators of my contemporaneous diction. For instance, while my reflection-based blog post for the week did necessitate my use of the word original, my employment of the words result and both could be tied to my discussion board posts for an online course, for which I wrote about the impacts of political and economic factors on the travel industry. The last of said words, furthermore, appeared a shocking number of times within my draft for a project associated with my supervision course, to be accompanied by allocateattention (a selection for which I noticed my utilization in another online assignment as well), and benefits. Wow.

Week of September 7, 2018:

  • Represent (3)
  • Such (8)
  • Associated (4)
  • Consider (4)

The events of this particular week, I would contend, truly engendered my continuous internal chaos. Once again, my discussion board posts for the week influenced my vocabulary, including my employment of the words representsuch, and consider that had seemed apt for my discussion of the potential harms of tourism, with the final two selections also being prominent features of my simultaneous work on a major marketing project. Lastly, efforts that I allocated toward my planning-focused projects for a supervision class proved just as consequential; my noticeable reliance upon the words suchassociated, and consider best demonstrated my habitual, “professional” lexicon. Throughout these endeavors, though, I could not help but feel worried about my emerging notion that my writing seemed a bit “stuck” and “unoriginal.”

Week of September 14, 2018:

  • Ensure (5)
  • Any
  • Available (4)
  • Market
  • Focus (2)

Well, respecting this particular week, I would contend that my contemporaneous statement that I “felt terrible and insecure and swamped and overwhelmed” describes my precise mindset at the time, due to the many frustrating situations with which I had to deal. Oddly enough, the several email exchanges in which I participated throughout the week had a clear effect on my vocabulary, as evidenced by my inclusion of the words anyavailable, and focus (a word that also appeared in my work on a marketing project) in both my planning-based emails and the list at hand. All the while, my extended studying process for an economics exam prompted my use of the words ensure and market, the latter of which being one that I also employed excessively internally and in my discussion board posts, written on the topic of technology in the travel industry, for an online class. What a week.

Week of September 21, 2018:

  • Due (3)
  • Applicable
  • Provide (5)
  • Result (2)
  • Thank (3)

Another relatively stressful week was upon me, and as a consequence, most of my writing efforts were directed toward practical assignments and responsibilities; for instance, my use of the words due and applicable can be directly tied to my work on sizable portions of my marketing projects and verbal participation in said course. Furthermore, the advice-based worksheets I completed on air travel for a different class seemed to necessitate my application of the words result and provide, with the latter of the two being a selection that was particularly pervasive in my overall academic diction (a condition that was likely connected to my desire to limit my use of the word consequence). Lastly, by the end of the week, I could not help but notice my constant verbal and written utilization of the word thank as I sent emails and visited the office hours of professors. Thank you, everyone.

Week of September 28, 2018:

  • Become
  • Impact (3)
  • Expected (2)
  • Address
  • Great (5)
  • Easily

Yet another week of odd situations and a multitude of responsibilities arrived, and as a result, said sources of stress influenced my vocabulary greatly. While my use of become was associated with my reflection-based blog posts for the week, one current event assignment for an economic course was especially impactful, as demonstrated by the inclusion of the words impact (which is a selection that I also stated aloud a ridiculous amount of times during my presentations to classes about a club I lead), expected, and great in my written draft. Meanwhile, my work on a case study for a hospitality course prompted my employment of the word address, and my apparent desire to answer questions with conditional and inconclusive answers for a separate class led to my dependence upon easily. Fun.

Week of October 5, 2018:

  • Feel (3)
  • Busy
  • Prefer
  • Participate
  • Familiar
  • Focus (3)

My mental state became all the more questionable during this particular week, as evidenced by the presence of feel in the list above; alongside the word busy, that verb made its way into my mind and speech (often in vague terms to the few people who will listen to me) a multitude of times. In terms of my academic work, one marketing project of mine demanded much attention, and consequently, the words participate (which I also used in a related blog post), prefer, and familiar seemed too apt to disregard amid my efforts. Lastly, the word focus is one that I fell back on quite often while completing a worksheet entailing explanations and categorizations galore–just one excellent example of my decidedly thrilling tasks.

*100-Week Reflection*

Week of October 12, 2018:

  • Potential (5)
  • Approach
  • Offer (7)
  • Idiosyncratic (2)
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Experience (6)

Looking at this list of words, I almost have to laugh at how impeccably they represent how I was working at the time to–well–represent myself amid personal endeavors. Interestingly enough, while midterm exams, projects, and assignments associated with my classes loomed over me, as shown by my use of potential in a marketing research essay (and, notably, in my blog post for the week) and both offer and experience in my online discussion board posts about the cruise industry, I clearly still recognized my need to work on college and internship applications. In fact, I can credit my excessive employment (no pun intended) of the words approach, idiosyncraticinterdisciplinary, and, once again, experience, directly to my efforts toward a myriad of cover letters and similar efforts. A busy time spent proving myself, this week was.

Week of October 19, 2018:

  • Questions
  • Organization
  • Address (2)
  • So

As the jumbled note in my phone that reads “Lots studying, less writing, decent speaking” attempts to elucidate, this week entailed the tail-end of midterm season, attendance at an event I helped monitor, and work on applications, for good measure. Specifically, I can assert that my presence at meetings with faculty and students at my college, in addition to an appointment with an individual in the hospitality industry, prompted my excessive use of the words questions and so; meanwhile, my peculiar reliance upon the word organization could be tied to my verbal and written work for the supervision class in which I am enrolled. This word, alongside address, unsurprisingly, also appeared a multitude of times within my cover letters and communications with companies about said documents. What a fun time, I suppose.

Week of October 26, 2018:

  • Highly
  • Able
  • Associated (5)
  • Represent (4)

A hectic and event-filled week, this was! Per usual, a discussion board assignment for my online course influenced my vocabulary–this time, to the extent that the words highly (which also appeared in my blog post for the week), able, and associated all became ones I used excessively in relation to my comments on developments in the travel industry. Also, due to my need to use my spiel of sorts about an organization for which I helped conduct a tabling session, I found myself utilizing the word represent quite often. Yay for engagement, I guess.

Week of November 2 ,2018:

  • Solidified (2)
  • Ensure (6)
  • Great (6)
  • Really (3)
  • Will (2)

This particular week, with Halloween, my academic work, and an interview in tow, was surely dynamic. In fact, while my blog posts for the week prompted my employment of the word solidified, a phone interview in which I participated and for which I (excessively) prepared can be credited for my rather embarrassing use of greatreally, and ensure. The last of the three words, meanwhile, is one that I seemed to utilize in a planning-based essay and while running through an upcoming presentation a multitude of times, and the impact of my schoolwork further cemented itself through my constant reliance upon the word will as I made progress on multiple marketing projects. What a whirlwind of a week!

Week of November 9, 2018:

  • Identify (3)
  • Allow (4)
  • Able (2)
  • Aforementioned (4)

This particular week was full of surprises, decisions, and studying. Nevertheless, the actual forces that acted upon my diction were not quite varied; the fact that my discussion board posts about customer-focused sales in the travel industry prompted my use of identifyallowable, and aforementioned (yes, the entire list above) proves this notion. Concurrently, I did find myself using the word able in email communications and aforementioned while revising and practicing a weighty project and presentation for my supervision course. A relatively exciting time, indeed!

Week of November 16, 2018:

  • Strong
  • Consider (5)
  • Very
  • While (4)
  • Specifically (3)
  • Provide (6)

To say this week was remarkably hectic and tense, yet exciting for me would not be a stretch. Specifically, upon being granted multiple opinion-based case study assignments to promptly complete for my supervision course, I found myself utilizing the words strongconsiderwhile, and specifically ad nauseam; meanwhile, the emails I nervously wrote incentivized my frequent employment of the word very. Lastly, as I completed assignments for my online class, I nearly had to laugh at just the number of times I typed out the word provide, as one does.

Week of November 23, 2018:

  • Efforts
  • Only
  • Order
  • Look (2)

Alas, Thanksgiving break arrived! Although I had a few extra days off of school, the classes in which I am enrolled still had a great deal of influence on my vocabulary; for instance, my work on a case study about sustainability in the hospitality industry provoked my excessive use of the words effortsonly, and order; meanwhile, the second of the three words also appeared quite often in my frequent revision sessions for a marketing project (as in “not only”). I did grant myself some brief periods of “relaxation,” though, as evidenced by my employment of look amid some shopping journeys. What a break, right?

Week of November 30, 2018:

  • Apparent
  • Particular (6)
  • Sans (2)
  • Thank (4)
  • Success (3)

The traditional end-of-semester stress and responsibilities, after a break that was extended by way of a snow day, fell upon me during this week. Before then, I can state that my efforts for this blog (both for my 100-week reflection on this very project and a music-based post) did impact my diction, as best exemplified by the words apparent and particular. As the week proceeded, though, it became clear that the exceptional amount of emails I had to compose made me rather reliant upon the word thank, while my work for a supervision class could be tied to my ridiculous use of sans; perhaps most apt for this week was my frequent utilization of the word success, both for marketing projects and in my daily thoughts.

Week of December 7, 2018:

  • Beneficial (3)
  • So (2)
  • Available (5)
  • Need

The penultimate week of the semester had arrived, and this crucial period happened to entail a final exam, the due date of an incredibly weighty marketing project, a recording session for my podcast, and much more. Consequently, while I did not actually write much at the time, said podcast episode influenced my diction, as shown by my excessive use of the words beneficial and so that became quite clear while I edited the subsequent audio. Meanwhile, some crossover was present with respect to the aforementioned project that I reviewed and printed, including the words beneficialneed (a selection I also relied upon for assignments related to my online class), and available (also appearing in my usual batch of emails to send). A week of conclusions, studying, interactions, and consistent employment of specific words, this was!

Week of December 14, 2018:

  • Select
  • Thank (5)
  • Engage (3)
  • After (6)

Finally, but simultaneously in the metaphorical blink of an eye, the last week of the Fall 2018 semester fell upon me! My final exams were fairly spread out among the week, occurring on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, and I can also assert that they did not have much of an impact on my word choices; in fact, the only academic ties to my most overused words were related to my redundant utilization of the words select and thank in my emails to professors about courses and potential advice on my endeavors related to applications and internships. Just hours following my submission of my last, online-based exam, I turned my attention to my blog, which had not only prompted my use of engage concerning the podcast episode I recorded during the previous week, but also began to provoke my apparent dependence upon that word and after when conducting work for a reflection on my self-imposed challenge for the semester. Such fun!

Week of December 21, 2018:

  • Upon
  • Favorite (3)
  • Perhaps
  • Wondering

My first full week of winter break, which tends to be my favorite portion of any given year, had arrived; thus, even though my schoolwork subsided, I began to direct my attention toward my transfer applications to complete, many associated emails, and my blog. Concerning the last of those listed subjects, I can state that the words uponfavorite, and perhaps are all ones from the list above that I found myself dependent upon while writing my lengthy “Seventh Semester in Songs” post. Otherwise, I can draw connections between my use of perhaps (once again) and wondering to the many email drafts I composed in preparation for the submission of my applications. Welcome to my life amid academic breaks!

Week of December 28, 2018:

  • Seems
  • Find
  • Time (5)
  • Experience (7)
  • Favorite (4)
  • Also

As what is traditionally my favorite week of the year, present within my favorite period of the year, Christmas week returned to me, though in a somewhat odd and bittersweet fashion. Throughout the spell, I did dedicate a substantial amount of time to planning and to my blog (with some overlap becoming evident), for which my redundancy in diction during the seven days serves as evidence. For instance, in my latest “Monthly Monday Music Melange” post, specifically, I caught myself employing the words seemsfavorite, and find (as in perceive) a great number of times; furthermore, both in said installment and my other reflection-based post for the week, my excessive use of the words time, experience, and also, upon reflection, proved rather embarrassing. Happy holidays, my readers!

Week of January 4, 2019:

  • Found (2)
  • Idealized
  • Features
  • Perhaps (2)
  • Clear (4)
  • Upon (2)

Starting at the very end of the year 2018, I began the writing process for my new project, now named “From a Century of Progress to Progress City and Beyond: The Comparability Between the 1933-34 World’s Fair and the Disney Parks,” and by the start of 2019 (by the way, happy new year), I had implicitly solidified my goal to complete at least one subsection per day. As such, throughout the entire week at hand, which was otherwise primarily spent sending emails (many of which I had honestly been waiting to send since the holidays began) and reviewing applications, I dedicated much of my time to working on the project. Such efforts certainly translate to my most overused words over the period of time, including foundidealizedfeaturesperhapsclear, and upon–yes, all of the words comprising the list above. Who does not enjoy writing about theme park criticism, museums, fireworks, exhibits, defunct attractions, presidents, and the like in their free time?

Week of January 11, 2019:

  • Including (2)
  • Continue (2)
  • Offer (8)
  • Some (3)
  • Manner (3)
  • View (2)

Once again, alongside my dedication to handling a number of college- and internship-related tasks, I spent much of my time with my “From a Century of Progress to Progress City and Beyond: The Comparability Between the 1933-34 World’s Fair and the Disney Parks” project, whether the spells involved editing the first sections that I would post on this blog or creating new ~content~ in relation to such topics as transportation-based attractions, theme park lands, entire parks, and festivals. In turn, I found myself utilizing the words includingcontinueoffer, somemanner, and view to a particularly ridiculous extent. Writing…what fun!

Week of January 18, 2019:

  • Areas
  • Would (4)
  • Appeal (3)
  • Following
  • Feature (2)
  • Excited (5)

Unsurprisingly, I spent much of this particular week on my “From a Century of Progress to Progress City and Beyond: The Comparability Between the 1933-34 World’s Fair and the Disney Parks” project; thus, my excessive utilization of the words areaswouldappealfeature, and excited could all be tied to my work on this independent endeavor. Meanwhile, I did complete my work on a new podcast episode, for which I placed my focus on my upcoming adventures, and in turn, I can admit that I employed the word excited quite a few times. What fun, I suppose!

Week of January 25, 2019:

  • Finally (3)
  • Represent (5)
  • Dynamic
  • Experience (8)
  • Excitement

The final week before my departure for an internship fell upon me, and as a consequence, when I was not packing, I was finishing up my work on my blog-related projects. For instance, I can relate the words represent and dynamic to my work on the “From a Century of Progress to Progress City and Beyond: The Comparability Between the 1933-34 World’s Fair and the Disney Parks” project, while the word finally was used by yours truly in correspondence with my latest “Monthly Monday Music Melange” post  and excitement found its way into my recap-based piece; therefore, it is no surprise that the word experience came to represent my entire body of work on my blog for the week.

Week of February 1, 2019:

  • Headed (2)
  • Nice
  • Next
  • Thank (6)

Well, after months of excited and nervous anticipation, my time on the Disney College Program began! As such, most of my writing became associated with my daily recaps for this journey of mine; for instance, I caught myself utilizing the words headed and next quite a few times in association with what would become my summary of the week. Meanwhile, thanks to my many appointments and first meetings with other program participants, I did begin to talk considerably more than I had during winter break, thus making the words nice and thank very prominent in my vocabulary. A daunting and surreal experience, this particular week was!

Week of February 8, 2019:

  • Nervous (6)
  • Okay
  • So (3)
  • Hope (5)

This week, my training became more and more narrowed down to my particular role and location; concurrently, even though I was lucky enough to have many days off between my first days of training, my stress about the period of transition grew. Of course, some of my diction did correspond to my work on the week’s corresponding blog post summarizing each day, with the words so and hope being two examples of the situation, but I also happened to talk (mostly to my family, but also to trainers) about how nervous I was, which also led to my constant use of the word okay in order to demonstrate an active listening technique. Whew.

Week of February 15, 2019:

  • Well (2)
  • Nervous (7)
  • Perfect (2)
  • Paranoid

My next week featuring on-the-job training arrived, and as a consequence, both my insecurities and my desire to appear friendly led to my excessive use of the words paranoidperfect, and nervous, with the last of the three also appearing a notable amount of times in my “Spring 2019 Recap” post for the week. Likewise, in said post, I could not help but utilize the word well ad nauseam in order to demonstrate my constant hopes that my upcoming adventures would go smoothly.

Week of February 22, 2019:

  • Probably
  • Some (4)
  • Course
  • Alright

As my journey on the Disney College Program continued, so did my use of words that I believed would be apt for many occasions at work and in other discussions. For instance, in planning-based conversations with my family, I caught myself employing the word probably a multitude of times, while my “Spring 2019 Recap” post for the week often featured the word some. Then, while becoming more acclimated to work, I was particularly surprised by my rather ridiculous utilization of the words alright and course (as in “of course”) amid interactions. Whew.

*120-Week Reflection*

Week of March 1, 2019:

  • Ultimately
  • Smoothly
  • Apply
  • Continue (3)
  • Stress

Another week of work and academic endeavors was upon me! Demonstrating the heavy influence of the latter category are the words apply and continue, being ones that I found myself utilizing a multitude of times in association with various essays that I completed for transfer applications. Of course, I documented all of my work on my blog, and more specifically, within my “Spring 2019 Weekly Recap” post for the week; thus, it is not a surprise that the words ultimatelysmoothly, and stress all appeared to a notable extent in my documentation of my days and my wishes for the future.

Week of March 8, 2019:

  • Frustration
  • Gratitude
  • Able (3)
  • Rather
  • Alright (2)
  • Okay (2)

This particular week was, as expected, constituted by my completion of applications and of work, as evidenced by the words most strongly associated with the period of time in my mind. For instance, in my weekly recap blog post, I seemed to rely upon the words frustrationgratitudeable (which I also used quite a few times when preparing emails and applications), and rather as a consequence of their common ability to aptly represent my feelings and perceptions over time. Finally, my frankly redundant work vocabulary became even more apparent during the week, with alright and okay being two specific, clear examples of this phenomenon. Whew!

Week of March 15, 2019:

  • Perfect (3)
  • Okay (3)
  • Great (7)
  • Now
  • Course (2)

This particular week entailed a family visit and a whirlwind of a work week, full of ups and downs; unsurprisingly, as for my diction, it largely centered around my internship and my blog. Regarding the first category, my hectic, but somewhat repetitive routines for my tasks prompted my excessive use of the words perfectokaygreat, and course (as in “of course”) with others, that, as a whole, has become nearly humorous to me. Of course, my time working at Epcot translated to my corresponding “Spring 2019 Weekly Recap” post, with now being one simple word that I found to be a preferred way for me to address the timing of events. What a time.

Week of March 22, 2019:

  • Probably (2)
  • Believe (3)
  • Like
  • Time (6)

This week saw the conclusion of a long span of work days, a weekend, and the beginning of a shorter “work week” that permitted a nice night off in my home park, during which my confidence with my role was able to rise a bit. Concerning my position, though, I can admit that I found myself employing the words believe and like a few too many times within my interactions with guests, particularly those that involved “new-to-me” questions and situations (which seem to never end, by the way). Concurrently, my next weekly recap blog post could be credited for my use of the word time, and while communicating with others outside of work, my apparent uncertainty about my upcoming actions culminated in my dependence upon the word probably. A week engendering exhaustion and gratitude, this was!

Week of March 29, 2019:

  • Rather (2)
  • Should (4)
  • Time (7)
  • Alright (3)

During this week, I had some wonderful experiences and work days of varying levels of frustration and fulfillment; in terms of my vocabulary, though, I can specifically highlight my time with guests at Epcot and my work on my blog as the foci of my evolving word choices. As for the latter category, my work on the next installment of my “Spring 2019 Weekly Recap” series, in which I detail the happenings of and my corresponding feelings about each day, can be credited for my excessive use of the words rather and time. The last of the two words also is one that I closely associated with my experiences conversing at work, joining the unsure words should and alright. What an interesting week!

Week of April 5, 2019:

  • Perfect (4)
  • Quite (6)
  • Some (5)
  • Institution (2)
  • Myself

This particular week proved much more stressful and multi-faceted than anticipated, and as a consequence, my vocabulary was exercised in atypical ways for this general period of my life. Of course, my work situations influenced my diction, as best evidenced by the word perfect that I seem to love using with guests; likewise, the writing process for my next weekly recap, as expected, made such vague words as quite and some ones upon which I relied. Lastly, I did have a demanding, academically-related situation come up during my “weekend,” which left me stressed and prompted my employment of the words institution and myself. Whew.

Week of April 12, 2019:

  • Odd
  • Really (4)
  • Awesome
  • Next (2)

The great contrasts in experiences and feelings that constitute this week in my life are certainly exemplified by the peculiar list of words above, which are largely associated with my work on both the Disney College Program and this blog. As for the former category, while talking to fellow cast members and to guests, I somehow found myself utilizing the words oddreally (in a questioning tone, typically), and awesome. Meanwhile, in the process of detailing how I spent my time both at and away from work in my corresponding “Spring 2019 Weekly Recap” post, I once again employed the word odd, alongside next, quite excessively. What fun.

Week of April 19, 2019:

  • Recently
  • Alright (4)
  • Prove
  • Thankfully
  • Upon (3)

At this point in my experience in the Disney College Program, the dwindling amount of time I have left most definitely became increasingly apparent; thus, even though this particular week was almost completely comprised of work days, I made sure to make it interesting. Regarding my role at Epcot in terms of its effects on my diction, the words recently and alright became ones that, as a consequence of the nature of my duties, became common in my diction. In my weekly recap about the period of time, though, I specifically favored the words prove (though to a lesser extent, consciously, over time), thankfully, and upon as ways to convey my perspective on each day. What an exhausting week!

Week of April 26, 2019:

  • Soon (2)
  • Yikes
  • Alright (5)
  • Gratitude (2)
  • Found (3)

Yet another week of hearty portions of both work and play in the Disney College Program, this was! As for the former category, my way of speaking with guests became well exemplified by my use of the word alright (particularly when I was about to give directions, for some reason), while I found myself employing the word yikes a rather ridiculous number of times while listening to the tales of my fellow cast members. All the while, I made sure to document my experiences for the next installment of my “Spring 2019 Weekly Recap” series, in which the words soon (as in “soon enough”) and found can be identified as some of my favorites for detailing recent happenings.

Week of May 3, 2019:

  • Sure
  • Favorite (5)
  • Great (8)
  • Thank (7)
  • Soon (3)
  • There

Regarding this particular week, I can say that the demands of work and my desire to constantly make the most of my free time left me a bit exhausted, but wholly satisfied. On the job, I could perceive my (continued) overuse of certain words within the more routine-based interactions I had with guests in specific locations, with some examples being the basic great and thank. Otherwise, much of my diction could be credited to my work on this blog and my most recent recap postsurefavoritesoon, and there (a word that, notably, I also have increasingly used in conversation, as in “there you go”), in particular, embody my unwavering format of describing each day’s events.

Week of May 10, 2019:

  • Course (3)
  • Sad
  • Where
  • Which (3)

My time on the Disney College Program was nearing its conclusion at this point, and as a consequence, my vocabulary tended to revolve around the processes of making the most of my last days and documenting such experiences. For instance, while at work, I found myself constantly utilizing the word course (as in “of course”) during interactions with guests, along with sad amid conversations about my last shifts with fellow cast members. Regarding this blog, meanwhile, the words where and which received a noticeable amount of use from yours truly, due to the considerable amount of activities about which I wrote for my corresponding “Spring 2019 Weekly Recap” post. Sigh.

Week of May 17, 2019:

  • Miss
  • Upset
  • Bit
  • Time (8)

Suddenly, my last few days on the Disney College Program had arrived, and mid-week, I was on my way back home to Illinois–just in time to attend graduation, at least. Unsurprisingly, my speaking and writing reflected these developments, with bit and time representing how I wrote about the week in my last “Spring 2019 Weekly Recap” post and most of my verbal diction having more of a directly wistful tone. Namely, I could not help but constantly employ the words miss and upset when speaking (and writing, might I add) about the occasion. Deep sigh.

Week of May 24, 2019:

  • Essentially (3)
  • Though (2)
  • Able (4)
  • Time (9)
  • Experience (9)
  • Would (5)

Alas, my first full week spent back at home was upon me. During this period of time, naturally, I readjusted to my life in Illinois (for better or for worse), worked on frustrating college-related decisions, and reflected on my experiences from the past months in Florida. The last of these activities certainly had the weightiest impact on my vocabulary throughout the week, as represented by my excessive use of the words essentiallythoughabletimeexperience, and would (yes, all of the ones listed above) while I worked on this blog of mine–and, in particular, a post addressing my past predictions for the Spring 2019 semester. Sigh.

Week of May 31, 2019:

  • Apparent (2)
  • Find (2)
  • Such (9)
  • Still (2)
  • Work
  • Upset (2)

Similarly to the week before, I spent much of this period alternating between disassociating with and wallowing in self-pity about my college issues, figuring out my plans for the summer and my future beyond, editing my “From a Century of Progress to Progress City and Beyond: The Comparability Between the 1933-34 World’s Fair and the Disney Parks” project, and composing other content for this blog. For instance, as I wrote a post about visiting the Art Institute of Chicago, I caught myself utilizing the words apparent, findstill (so many sentences to the effect of all the same were in my passages), and such; unsurprisingly, the last three of the bunch also made their way into my massive “Monthly Monday Music Melange” catch-all installment, alongside the word work that I constantly employed to explain my situation over the past semester. Lastly, it would most definitely be fair to say that work and upset were words that circled my psyche and creeped into my verbal diction over this odd portion of my life. What fun!

Week of June 7, 2019:

  • Disappointed
  • Participate (2)
  • Much (2)
  • Very (2)
  • Started

A week of vulnerable communications, decisions, and preparations, I suppose this was! For instance, I can credit my excessive use of the word disappointed to my portrayal of myself to a former professor of mine with whom I am close, while participate coordinated with the types of emails I drafted on similar topics. The latter choice also made its way into my award-based blog post for the week, alongside much and very; boasting a similar level of conceit, I can identify my efforts to begin planning for an upcoming podcast recording about my experiences as the source of my reliance upon the word started. Yay.

Week of June 14, 2019:

  • While (5)
  • Thank (8)
  • During
  • Being
  • Having

This particular week was certainly constituted by an increased level of intensity regarding my academic and extracurricular happenings, as evidenced by the emails I sent, meetings I attended, and entries I arranged for this blog of mine–which, by the end of the period, could offer over 500,000 words’ worth of content. Aside from my constant work on my blog, most notably for my “Favorite Disney College Program Memories” post that prompted my overuse of the words whileduringbeing, and having (I clearly appreciated -ing verbs), though, my efforts seemed to only be aptly represented by one other word. Namely, throughout my written and verbal conversations with people whom I respect, thank became the (noticeable) backbone of how I attempted to represent myself. Whew.

Week of June 21, 2019:

  • Find (3)
  • Feel (4)
  • Finally (4)
  • Consequently

Here, my odd and writing-filled summer continues and is well typified by my two main blog posts for the week that both entailed some good old self-reflection. First, while writing about my favorite music during June 2019 in my corresponding “Monthly Monday Music Melange” post, I found myself using the word consequently as a way to demonstrate the inevitabilities of my listening habits; then, when I called my recent fascination with roller skating into question, finally became an apt word with which to detail my slow dive into the activity. Meanwhile, within each of the entries, my constant employment of find (usually as in “find myself”) and feel, I can conclude, well exemplified my apparent need to address my internal state.

Week of June 28, 2019:

  • Perhaps (3)
  • But
  • Tow
  • Would (6)
  • Still (3)

Admittedly, this particular week was not the greatest for me, at least in terms of my sanity and belief in my ability to properly write; thus, as I divulged in my contemporaneous notes about the week, the relatively lengthy list at hand depicts my frustration with myself more than it actually represents extensive exercise of my vocabulary. During this period, I still made sure to push myself to write, edit, and publish my post for the week, in which my discussion of my public library prompted my utilization of the words perhapsbuttow, and would–many of which I became abnormally exasperated with as a consequence of my dependence. Thankfully, at the end of the week, I did push myself to send out an email that could help break my cycles of self-pity, and the word still grew to be a notable component of my primary message. Clearly, I love summer!

Week of July 5, 2019:

  • Received (3)
  • Items
  • Clearly (2)
  • Many

For this holiday week (oh, by the way, happy belated Fourth of July), I did not conduct a remarkable amount of writing, but my work on my blog was still able to influence my vocabulary in a noticeable fashion. In fact, receiveditemsclearly (generally as a way to sarcastically be self-deprecating), and many–all of the words listed above–can be easily tied to my blog post for the week, entitled “My Disney College Program Memory Box, Part One.” Well, my friends, nostalgia certainly won out again.

Week of July 12, 2019:

  • As
  • Being (2)
  • Received (4)
  • Certainly (2)
  • Time (10)
  • One

Although proven to be another relatively frustrating period of this summer, the week at hand also entailed a great deal of enjoyable activities and writing for my blog. For instance, in the process of generating my second and last portion of the “My Disney College Program Memory Box” series, my recent reliance upon the words as and being in relation to my perceived use of repetitive sentence structure became evident, in addition to receivedone, and time with regard to my descriptions of each of my items. Lastly, time often reappeared alongside certainly while I began to work through an exhaustive post, to be released the following week. Stay tuned, I suppose.

*140-Week Reflection*

Week of July 19, 2019:

  • That
  • Between
  • Unique (3)
  • Represent (6)
  • Due (4)
  • Continue (4)

This particular week was, again, one constituted by summer exasperation. Throughout the period of time, I did direct much of my attention to my blog, starting with my edits of last week’s blog post that prompted my awareness of my own reliance upon the word that, and culminating in an undertaking for my blog that had been on my conscience for quite some time, much to my relief. Namely, I finally followed through on my 120-week reflection for my “Ongoing Trends in My Vocabulary” project, which, naturally, dominated my diction for the week to the extent that I can and will point to that post as the source of inspiration for my excessive use of the words betweenuniquerepresentdue, and continue. Lastly, I ended the week by completing an application, and in the process, I most definitely caught myself utilizing the word due, yet again, ad nauseam. Such fun.

Week of July 26, 2019:

  • Favorite (6)
  • Now (2)
  • Explore (2)
  • Even (2)
  • Context
  • Operations

What a chaotic week! Both in my speech and writing, I pushed myself in many endeavors; as for the former matter, my preparations for interviews precipitated and helped me notice my excessive use of the words context and operations, and interestingly enough, these two selections also found their way into my main blog post for the week, “Meditations on American Institutions,” alongside even (usually used as a way to communicate a sense of mild surprise). Lastly, the words favoritenow, and explore all repeatedly appeared in my reflection-based efforts for my thirtieth installment of the “Monthly Monday Music Melange” series. Whew.

Week of August 2, 2019:

  • Continue (5)
  • Perhaps (4)
  • Regarding (7)
  • Including (3)
  • Fact
  • Through

Despite the looming conclusion of summer break, this particular week entailed some fun activities and candid emails–plus, a research project that, after many a change in approach, I finally commenced in a serious fashion over the weekend. Consequently, I can credit my overuse of the words continue (one that also happened to often appear in my thoughts), perhapsregarding (and its many synonyms), includingfact, and through to my intensifying and increasingly routine-bound project about a local inn. As it happens, such a topic not only prompted the inclusion of all the words listed above, but also inspired my blog post for the week, entitled “Facebook Groups: (Unexpected) Local History Forums,” that my passion provoked me to write remarkably quickly. Alas, my research-obsessed self had returned.

Week of August 9, 2019:

  • Initial
  • Visit
  • Love (2)
  • There (2)
  • Happened
  • Interest (7)

For my second-to-last week of break, I experienced spells of misery, comfort, self-dread, excitement, nervousness, and pride–you know, the usual. Of course, my work on my inn-focused project carried over and through the entire period, and in the process, my excessive utilization of the words initial and there became quite noticeable; all the while, my blog post for the week, “My Walt Disney World Resort Hotel Challenge,” conceivably because of the amount of repetition involved, helped promote my perception of constant employment of the words initial (yes, again), visitlovethere (yes, again as well), and happened. Lastly, due to a wonderful informational interview I attended late in the week, I caught myself using the words love (you get the drill) and interest to an embarrassing extent. What a time!

Week of August 16, 2019:

  • Provide (7)
  • Relevant (2)
  • Now (3)
  • Identify (4)
  • Love (3)
  • Interest (8)

My final week of summer break had arrived, and I would spend these last days of relative relaxation in true Stephanie™ fashion: by working on my blog, reading my textbooks ahead of time, and hardly leaving the house. Concerning my diction, two major sources of inspiration were the editing process for my personal research project and the work I decided to conduct to complete my 140-week reflection for this very project by the end of the week; in fact, while analyzing the roots and implications of my personal developments, I found myself (ironically, I suppose) overusing the words relevantnow, interest, and identify. All the while, I could credit my use of the words love and interest (yes, again) to my procedures for drafting both an informational interview email and my upcoming “Monthly Monday Music Melange” post. Finally, to round out my perception of this writing-filled spell, I can assert that my remarkable reliance upon provide seemed to make the word scattered across nearly all of my endeavors. Such fun.

Week of August 23, 2019:

  • Actually (2)
  • Trend
  • Portray
  • Work (2)
  • Nervous (8)

Alas, the first week of the Fall 2019 semester arrived, and with it came alternating feelings of comfort from being in an academic setting once again and anxiety about my new routine; intuitively (and unsurprisingly), the word nervous constantly appeared on my mind, in my speech, and in the notes that I took to check in on myself in accordance with my first class meetings. Furthermore, one of my first assignments of the semester, entailing contributions to an online discussion board that would detail my personal opinions on artworks, influenced my diction, such that I caught myself wearing out the words portray and work. Of course, I did set aside some time for my recreational writing efforts here on my blog, with the most notable consequences for my vocabulary being my excessive employment of the words actually and trends in my latest “Monthly Monday Music Melange” installment and my chief post for the week. What a welcome back to my college self.

Week of August 30, 2019:

  • Seem (2)
  • Regarding (8)
  • Wondering (2)
  • Prompted (2)

With the second week of the semester, naturally, came along intensified schoolwork, emails, and insecurity. First, the same online discussion board from the previous week happened to continue to occupy an alarming portion of my mind, resulting in my overuse of the words seems and regarding in terms of my questionable perspectives on art; later on, while working on a brief essay about the impacts of a controversial geneticist for a different class, I found myself employing the word prompted to an excessive extent. All the while, my emails and personal blog continued to impact my diction, as shown by my over-reliance upon the word wondering, along with seems (specifically for the music-related post referenced last week) and prompted, yet again. Such fun.

Week of September 6, 2019:

  • Favorite (7)
  • Further (2)
  • Nervous (9)
  • Specific (4)
  • Would (7)

This particular week was one of dichotomies, I suppose, for it began with an exceedingly long “weekend” and ended with much anxiousness about how I would prove to settle into my classes for the semester. Of course, I did make time to work on my blog, as exemplified by my constant use of the words favorite and further; the latter of the two words, as it happens, additionally ended up in a reflection-based essay I began to compose and edit on the subject of culture, alongside specific, a word that also linked up with would to encapsulate my approach to a different essay dedicated to a hypothetical scenario (it should not be surprising when I say that I worked on the two assignments concurrently). Lastly, I must recognize my utilization of the word nervous in my speech and internal dialogue, which was prompted by a weighty quiz that had garnered worries and prompted intense studying sessions from yours truly throughout the week. Whew.

Week of September 13, 2019:

  • Evoke
  • Alright (6)
  • Thank (9)
  • Okay (4)

Despite the relatively small amount of academic writing I had to conduct during this particular week, any lack of these sorts of assignments was surely compensated by the chaos and insecurity linked with the beginning a new, condensed course, as illustrated through the great amount of time I spent reading, studying, and verbally communicating in this new context. Therefore, while I can thank a recent blog post and those of the past for my excessive employment of the word evoke, I will have to admit that my use of alrightthank, and okay can only be tied to the many occasions on which I spoke in meetings and asked questions to my instructors. What a whirlwind, I suppose.

Week of September 20, 2019:

  • Typically (2)
  • Okay (5)
  • Nervous (10)
  • Led

Still becoming adjusted to my novel routines, assignments, and assessments, this week proved fairly exhausting for yours truly. Just as with the previous period, I provoked a multitude of inquiry-based conversations with others and held much anxiety about upcoming major academic events, as shown through my excessive use of the words typicallyokay, and nervous. The first of the three selections, furthermore, joined the word led in becoming associated with my writing for successive assignments for my humanities class, which each called on me to analyze the cultural significance of art in past eras. Finally, after many hours of studying in my room, sessions spent working on CIS assignments in the library, and forms of fraught communications over all mediums, I made it through the week!

Week of September 27, 2019:

  • My
  • Sense
  • Embody
  • Led (2)
  • Use
  • Called

This particular week was comprised of insecurity, sources of bolstered confidence, and self-expression, interestingly enough. To begin, the blog post I wrote in relation to my studying habits as they pertain to my love of music was one major contributor to my excessive use of the word my that started to become prominent at the start (and reappeared with the aid of discussions at the end) of the period at hand; toward the beginning at the week, a written assignment for my humanities course heavily influenced my diction as well, manifesting itself in my constant employment of the words senseembodyled, and called. Lastly, I found that my work on a brief essay for my genetics course, focused on the contributions of an individual to said area of study, also contributed to my dependence upon to the aforementioned led. What fun times for me, I suppose.

Week of October 4, 2019:

  • First
  • Since (4)
  • Just (2)
  • Emotion
  • Sense (2)
  • Represent (7)

As the second week in a row represented by a six-word list, the spell at hand entailed quite a bit of writing–along with assignments and study sessions that did not much contribute to developments in my vocabulary, I will say. First, my latest (and rather lengthy) installment of the “Monthly Monday Music Melange” series happened to reveal my reliance upon certain words that help me elucidate my musical escapades, such as first and since; concurrently, an email I sent to a professor compelled me to recognize my love of the word just (as in “just wondering”) as a way to reduce the severity of my messages. Lastly, in a similar fashion to the prior period, the two written assignments I completed over the entire duration of the week for my humanities class pointedly inspired my utilization of the words emotionsense, and represent. A fairly busy time, this was!

Week of October 11, 2019:

  • Portray (2)
  • Embody (2)
  • Verify
  • Want
  • Thus (3)

This particular week, I would contend, was largely one of preparation for imminent stressors (and of insecurity-inducing social experiences, for good measure). Per usual, my work for my humanities course held a distinct impact on my diction, as evidenced by my excessive use of the words portray and embody in the process of developing an analytical midterm essay; also, in my efforts directed toward essays for the genetics course in which I am enrolled, I seemed to be dependent on thus as a way to enhance my references to the history and practices of the field. Meanwhile, in relation to my aforementioned apprehension, both verify and want proved to be two words, manifested in my emails to and question-focused discussions with professors, that embodied my need for assurance.

Week of October 18, 2019:

  • Just (3)
  • Nervous (11)
  • Image
  • Fascinated

Alas, just after the official midpoint of the semester, the period I could regard as “midterm week” had arrived, complete with assessments in each of my classes and an upcoming weekend of chaotic fun to boot. As such, much of my mental energy was directed to studying, immersing myself in my own anxiousness, and addressing my next assignments. The presence of the words just and nervous in the list above can most definitely be credited to the second of my three foci, with the former word being one utilized to minimize perceptions of my severity in viewers of my inquiry-based emails, and the latter being a direct product of my worries about exams. Finally, both image and fascinated are words that grew in prominence in my vocabulary, chiefly due to my intense work upon a written analysis for my humanities class about a film delineating stereotypes in media. Whew, what a whirlwind!

Week of October 25, 2019:

  • Image (2)
  • Suggest
  • Telling
  • Sure (2)
  • View (3)

This particular week, as I explained in the Notes application on my phone, was largely constituted by “editing, studying, and a bit of writing”; as such, my reliance upon the words listed above are all strongly tied to several assignments and assessments that captured my obsessive attention. First, my lengthy analyses of a film and an artifact for my humanities class provoked much critical thinking from yours truly, and thus prompted my excessive use of the words imagesuggesttelling, and view; the second of the four words, likewise, is one to which I was led through the process of finalizing an essay for my genetics course about a groundbreaking experiment in the field. All the while, what bound together my internal and external experiences of the week was my tendency to constantly ask questions of others out of insecurity, as represented by the great number of times I included the word sure in both the introductions to my inquiries (as in “I just wanted to make sure“) and my responses.

Week of November 1, 2019:

  • Feel (5)
  • Consistent
  • Would (8)
  • Consequence
  • Sure (3)

For this final week of October 2019, I generally found myself in-between the assignments and assessments that typically dictate my diction, such that I spent much of my time reading, studying, and writing for upcoming endeavors. For instance, the time I was able to allocate toward my blog (both in my traditional post for the week and my latest “Monthly Monday Music Melange” installment), interestingly enough, engendered my employment of the words feel and consistent. Per usual, though, my schoolwork held a considerable influence over my vocabulary, with my utilization of the words would and consequence primarily originating from my work on written humanities analyses; of course, accompanying my experiences in classes was my compulsion to ask questions to and request validation from others, perhaps best delineated by the word sure (yes, for the second week in a row). Happy belated Halloween, my friends!

Week of November 8, 2019:

  • Host
  • Apt (2)
  • Led (3)
  • Ask
  • Evoke (2)

Welcome to yet another week of “studying,” “insecurity,” and “writing for essays,” as I described in my note on my phone respecting the spell at hand. Per usual, amidst my preparations for upcoming assessments, my diction was heavily dictated by my constant work on routine assignments and larger undertakings for my humanities course, with the words hostapt, and evoke being the most applicable examples. All the while, I could not help but notice my irrepressible desire to harness the utility of the word led in nearly all of my writing (including my blog post for the previous week), along with ask in my numerous inquiry-heavy conversations with professors. Fun times.

Week of November 15, 2019:

  • Originated
  • Suggest (2)
  • Evolve
  • Obsessed
  • Further (3)

Continuing the apparent pattern of the Fall 2019 semester, following a week of assessments, I found myself in a period largely constituted by my completion of and work ahead on assignments for all of the courses in which I am enrolled–accompanied by my neuroticism, of course. The relatively large number of analytical responsibilities I had to account for with respect to my humanities course, naturally, had the most tangible impact, leading to my excessive use of the words originated (which also appeared in my blog post for the week), suggestevolve, and further. Thankfully, I did have the time and ability to converse extracurricularly with other human beings (what a concept) throughout the week, thus prompting my undeniable utilization of obsessed, a word I, admittedly, normally attempt to dampen in my casual vocabulary.

Week of November 22, 2019:

  • Inherent
  • Institution (3)
  • Reigned
  • Profit
  • Example
  • Amidst (2)

This particular week became one constituted, once again, by the processes of writing, editing, and being worried about analyses for school. In particular, I can highlight inherentreignedprofitexample, and amidst (yes, every single entry listed above) as excessively-used words that are all tied to my work toward preparing for and revising multiple in-depth assignments for my humanities course. Otherwise, due to an absence of expressive work required for my other classes, the only supplemental influence on my vocabulary happened to be my blog post for the week, in which I found myself utilizing the words inherent and institution (yes, yet again, and with the same inspiration in mind) ad nauseam.

Week of November 29, 2019:

  • Found (4)
  • This
  • Symbolic
  • Mind-boggling
  • Unsettling

Alas, Thanksgiving break had arrived! Despite my relative lack of excitement for the brief respite, the period proved rather enjoyable and eerily calm. Throughout the week as a whole, I still immersed myself with quite a bit of studying, writing, and editing, as first shown by my latest “Monthly Monday Music Melange” installment, for which my work inspired my excessive use of the word found (as in “found myself”); furthermore, my final rounds of editing a weighty essay for my humanities course, along with my writing for another analytical write-up, prompted my employment of the words this and symbolic. Naturally, my free time did allow me to engage with media (and myself) to a greater extent, such that the words unsettling and mind-boggling traversed my psyche to a remarkable extent. Happy holidays, my friends!

*160-Week Reflection*

Week of December 6, 2019:

  • Recent
  • Led (4)
  • Study
  • Question (2)

Just one more week stood between me and finals week; as such, my experience of the period at hand was predominantly constituted by preparations for my final exams. For instance, I can credit my excessive use of the words study and question to my communications about reviewing course information (and helping out with an event focused on helping others do the same) and my written and verbal inquiries about assignments, respectively. Still, I was able to dedicate some mental energy to this very blog, as represented by my constant employment of the words recent and led in my blog post about–you guessed it–college.

Week of December 13, 2019:

  • Nervous (12)
  • Sad (2)
  • Thank (10)
  • Successful
  • Certainly (3)

In seemingly no time at all, the Fall 2019 semester would come to a close. Per my usual sentimental tendencies, I found this particular week concurrently stressful, wistful, and relieving, and my reactions manifested themselves with an impact on my diction that was heightened by the fact that my coursework and final exams did not entail much independent writing. Consequently, no one should be surprised that the word sad made frequent appearances in my verbal communications at the conclusion of one of my favorite classes with a fantastic professor, for whom I wrote a note including the word thank (which also made its way into my last conversations with other professors) several times; meanwhile, of course, my habitual notes-to-self on my phone and in my journals prior to my final assessments featured the words nervous and successful with great repetition. Finally, once my time with finals week concluded on Thursday evening, I dove right into the process of writing my next “Semester in Songs” post, in which I continued to demonstrate my love of the word certainly. Such fun, I suppose!

Week of December 20, 2019:

  • Realize
  • Point
  • Attend
  • Literally
  • Myself (2)

My first full week of winter break, in accordance with my usual tendencies when it comes to getting acclimated to academic reprieves, became constituted by the processes of writing, planning, enduring a bit of an identity crisis (in reaction to receiving positive feedback, might I add), criticizing myself, disassociating, and attempting to enjoy the holiday season. In terms of the effects of such tantalizing activities on my vocabulary, I can identify my excessive use of the words realizepoints, and attend as consequences of my work on my blog post about seeing a Wilco concert; I can thank my indulgent internal and written analyses of myself, though, for my remarkable utilization of the words literally and–of course–myself. I am so much fun, I know.

Week of December 27, 2019:

  • Each
  • Between (2)
  • Over
  • View (4)
  • Must (2)
  • Prior

Naturally, despite the exciting and enjoyable occurrence of my favorite holiday, Christmas, during the week at hand, I can contend that my vocabulary was well exercised by my efforts directed toward my imminent 160-week diction reflection and “Monthly Monday Music Melange” blog posts. While exasperated by my emerging sickness, the words between, over, view, each, must, and prior (yes, every word from the list above) also provoked my frustration with my apparent stale vocabulary bank in relation to the aforementioned evaluation–with my music-related entry also contributing to my use of the first three of the rather simple selections stated. Happy holidays, my friends!

Week of January 3, 2020:

  • Visit (2)
  • Regarding (9)
  • Assert
  • Pertaining
  • Following (2)
  • Such (10)

Happy New Year, everyone! Over this holiday week, I found myself quietly celebrating the start of 2020, grappling with how to utilize my free time and foreseeable future, visiting the public library, watching films, and, per tradition, immersing myself in the process of completing an official winter break research project. On account of my intensifying worries about being able to complete this written endeavor within the following couple of weeks, I placed much of my attention on, and thus allowed my diction to be heavily influenced by, such work; as evidence, I can point to the words visitregardingassertpertainingfollowing, and such (yes, the entire list), which all swarmed around my mind enough to prompt recognition.

(Do not worry: I will soon reveal the topic of my research.)

Week of January 10, 2020:

  • Represent (8)
  • Occur (2)
  • Promise
  • Provide (8)
  • Accompany (2)
  • Great (9)

This particular week saw the continuation of my exhausting efforts toward the aforementioned research project, along with a boost in my anxiety about the upcoming semester and an exciting development in a related realm (which I will soon reveal as well). Anyhow, aside from how said vague circumstance prompted my excessive verbal use of the word great, my writing for the research-based undertaking dominated my diction once again, as symbolized by the words representoccurpromiseprovide, and accompany. Phew.

Week of January 17, 2020:

  • Mere
  • View (5)
  • Genuinely
  • Thank (11)
  • Return
  • Appreciate (3)

Already, the conclusion of winter break was upon me! Due to the mental and emotional chaos that extraneous circumstances instigated, my base level of pre-semester anxiety was certainly amplified throughout the period at hand; anyhow, I did ensure that I could and would handle my many tasks. For instance, on Wednesday, January 15, I finally completed my “Guide to the Woman’s World’s Fair” project, for which the editing process happened to prompt my excessive use of the words mere and view; furthermore, regarding my blog, I can credit my work on my post for the week for my application of the word genuinely and my preliminary preparations for my upcoming “Monthly Monday Music Melange” installment for my reliance upon return (in relation to my tendency throughout January to revisit albums). Finally, in accordance with the residence that emails and in-person discussions held in my psyche, the word thank incessantly materialized in my writing and speech over the week.

Week of January 24, 2020:

  • Nervous (13)
  • Pertaining (2)
  • Interest (9)
  • Aspects (5)
  • Hope (6)

Alas, the Spring 2020 semester (my first term at my new school of attendance) arrived, much to my fright! Naturally, my great anxiety about the week precipitated what would become an unsurmountable habit of utilizing the word nervous in my internal dialogue and personal journal entries; nevertheless, in due time, my diction would pivot to taking influences from academic assignments. Respecting my online course, for instance, I found myself employing the words interestpertain, and hope in my discussion board posts about my personal and professional ambitions; of course, amidst my (dreaded) personal introductions within in-person class meetings, the first and last of those three selections appeared once again. Lastly, by the end of the week, my work on my first essays for the semester, written in relation to fundamental definitions of tourism industry terminology and trends in the food and beverage sector, appeared to revitalize my love of the word aspects. Here I go, my friends!

Week of January 31, 2020:

  • Began (2)
  • Okay (6)
  • Thank (12)
  • Such (11)
  • Emphasize
  • Specific (5)

What a novel time! This particular week, I began a new internship and experienced my second week of the semester, entailing quite a bit of writing and planning. Accordingly, while my blog post for the week did provoke my excessive use of the word began, I can credit my first day of my internship for my constant employment of the words okay and thank, the second of which being a selection that also appeared in my communications in classes. Furthermore, my early assignments for courses (including an online discussion board and a response to an academic journal) happened to influence my dependence upon words that could help me to support my arguments, including suchemphasize, and specific. Whew.

Week of February 7, 2020:

  • Recognize
  • Basis
  • Factors
  • Benefits (2)
  • Utilize (8)

My third week of the semester and second week of my internship called for a sizable amount of writing, revising, studying, planning, asking questions, and, of course, stress. For instance, my unbridled use of the word recognize can be tied to my work on an essay regarding trends in the hotel sector, while basis appeared frequently in a short activity for a marketing course and factors found its way into a brief proposal for my research-based class. Finally, in a manner that showcases the bonds between my academic undertakings this semester, I can assert that the words benefits and utilize are ones for which I found excessive employment in my work for each and every one of my classes. What a time.

Week of February 14, 2020:

  • Pertaining (3)
  • Question (3)
  • Exemplify (2)
  • Influence
  • Help

Happy belated Valentine’s Day, I suppose! This particular week in my life was sort of chaotic and upsetting at times, but anyhow, I made it through. As for my academic experiences, my work on an analysis essay for my online course and on assignments related to my research-based class prompted my notable use of the words exemplifyinform, and help (as in “help to”) with the latter of the two selections also being associated with my preparation of questions for an upcoming guest speaker in my trend-focused hospitality class. Finally, in agreement with my emerging habits for the semester, I proposed quite a few digital and in-person inquiries to my professors and internship coordinators throughout the week, hence my excessive employment of the words pertaining and questions. Whew.

Week of February 21, 2020:

  • Aim
  • Wondering (3)
  • Important (5)
  • According
  • Pursue
  • Emphasize (2)

Dominated by a handful of assignments for my research course, projects, emails, and the processes of awaiting feedback, this particular week certainly exercised my vocabulary. For instance, I can thank all of the classes in which I am enrolled for my utilization of the words aimwondering, and according, with pursue and emphasize holding ties to a specific interview-based essay for the aforementioned research course. Of course, I did send and receive quite a few emails over the interval at hand, as was made apparent by my dependence upon the word wondering (as in the mild phrase of “I was wondering if…”). What a time.

Week of February 28, 2020:

  • Recognize (2)
  • Aim (2)
  • Consequently (2)
  • Account
  • Critical
  • Perceptions

This particular week, according to the notes I left on my phone, was constituted by quite a bit of editing and writing for individual assignments, projects, and discussion boards. My research-based course, for instance, entailed an extent of responsibilities (with many associated points) that allowed it to prompt my excessive use of the words recognizeaimconsequentlyaccountcritical, and perceptions–yes, every single selection above. Complementing these results, I can say that my employment of aimaccount, and critical can be credited to my contributions to an online discussion board. How is that for variety?

Week of March 6, 2020:

  • Focus (4)
  • Regarding (10)
  • Initiatives
  • Relation
  • Aim (3)
  • Found (5)

Well, my final week of classes before spring break most certainly made me work for my time off (in other words, for the time away from classes that I would use to convince myself to keep doing schoolwork). Per usual, an opinionated discussion board for my online course was able to influence my diction, as shown by my dependence upon the words relation and found; also, I can admit that my work to write and revise individual and group endeavors for my research class inspired my tiring use of aim. Toward the conclusion of the week, though, my extensive (and stressful) efforts toward a midterm project dominated my psyche, thus instigating my intense employment of the words focusregarding, and initiatives. Phew!

Week of March 13, 2020:

  • According (2)
  • Found (6)
  • Tied
  • Promote
  • Consequently (3)
  • Practices (2)

Alas, spring break arrived (and would be followed by drastic changes to the remainder of the semester)! Unsurprisingly, just as with years past–for better or worse with respect to my psyche–I spent much of my time over this week by keeping myself busy with assignments and projects, and in the process, feeling guilt for taking time to relax (*sighs deeply*). In particular, I allocated much of my time to writing for a stressful, intensive group project for my research course; I must admit, as a result, that my overuse of accordingfoundtied, promoteconsequently, and practices can be credited to my efforts toward the undertaking. Such fun!

Week of March 20, 2020:

  • Identify (5)
  • Safe
  • Analysis
  • Relation (2)
  • Emphasis (3)
  • Nevertheless (2)

This particular week, as I conveniently realized after it began, essentially served as an extension of spring break, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Naturally, in the midst of adjusting to the absence of in-person class meetings and internship shifts, I attempted (while feeling quite exasperated) to be at least slightly productive; due to the movement of deadlines for essentially *everything,* then, I placed most of my focus on long-term projects, with one of the exceptions being indicated by my use of the word safe with regard to discussion board posts (you can probably predict the topic of both forums). Echoing the circumstance of the prior week, the rest of the words listed above–identityanalysisrelation (as in “in relation”), emphasis, and nevertheless–all held relevance to my work on an individual project for my research class. Stay safe, everyone!

Week of March 27, 2020:

  • Wanted (2)
  • Check
  • According (3)
  • Recommend
  • With (4)
  • Elements

At long last, the academic term was revitalized–yet my schedule did not change too much, in part due to my continuous schoolwork. Overall, I worked on both long-term projects and smaller assignments for all of my classes, as represented by my use of the words according and with; in particular, I could point out my excessive employment of the word recommend as a consequence of my work for my research- and trends-focused courses, with the former of the two classes also precipitating my dependence upon elements. Finally, the return of school also commenced a restoration of my exasperating email habits, which became epitomized by my constant use of the words wanted and check (yes, as in “I wanted to check“). How exciting.

Week of April 3, 2020:

  • Emphasize (4)
  • Identify (6)
  • Provide (9)
  • Such (12)
  • Found (7)
  • Efforts (2)

This particular week, being the second one entailing an all-online curriculum, happened to be made a bit strenuous by way of my assignments, numerous upcoming projects, and imminent return to internship work; thus, I was not surprised to find that my preliminary list for this log consisted of 12 words, and additionally, that nearly all held associations with each and every one of my classes. Consequently, of the list above, I can assert that emphasize (which I have used to an exasperating extent over the past few weeks), identifyprovide, and such are all accompanied by the label of “all” in my dedicated note for this post on my phone. As for the remaining entries, my excessive employment of the word found was prompted by the latest iteration of the weekly assignments for my research class, while efforts can be linked to my work for both said course and an extensive project for my class that is based on industry trends. Whew.

Week of April 10, 2020:

  • Therefore
  • Nevertheless (3)
  • Changes
  • Despite (3)
  • Instance
  • Since (5)

This particular week perhaps stands among the most demanding and stressful of the semester, by virtue of the extent of assignments and projects I had to finalize, the start of my online internship work, and, of course, the amount of stress and doubt I placed upon myself throughout the entire process. Interestingly enough, the one course for which I did not have major due dates during this period prompted my use of half of the words listed above–thereforenevertheless, and changes–thanks to my preparations for a fascinating guest speaker and an upcoming project. Otherwise, just as with my general perceptions of the way in which these days are passing, the contexts in which I utilized the remainder of the featured words, namely, despiteinstance, and since, were obfuscated by my constant hospitality-focused work. Whew. At least these efforts paid off by the end of the week!

Week of April 17, 2020:

  • Foundation
  • Identify (7)
  • Integral
  • According (4)
  • With (5)
  • Benefit (3)

Much to my surprise, even though I had a lesser number of assignments due during this particular interval than the previous stretch, my relatively assured weekend led into an anxiety-imbued week (until I finally let myself decompress for a bit on Thursday). One such source of stress happened to be my research-based course, for which I developed and began to distribute a survey for a group project, completed my typical weekly assignments, and revised an individual project, as represented my overuse of the words foundation and identify. Across these responsibilities, my work for upcoming undertakings for my online course, and a project and presentation (not to mention my preparations for another guest speaker) for my trend-focused class, I found myself commonly employing the words integralaccordingwith, and benefit quite excessively. What a time.

*180-Week Reflection*

Week of April 24, 2020:

  • Ultimately (2)
  • Distinct (2)
  • Suggest (3)
  • While (6)
  • Also (2)
  • Found (8)

With the semester drawing near its conclusion, this particular week entailed a great deal of revisions to, work towards, and submission of projects. In fact, similarly to prior periods as of late, my concurrent efforts for each of my classes (all of which have a hospitality focus) resulted in a blurring of the sources in which I employed my most-used words; for instance, I can declare that my dependence upon the words ultimately, suggest, while, also, and found spanned across not only my present bank of assignments, but also my general diction of the past few weeks. The only distinction can be found with–well–distinct, a word I found quite useful in my revisions of a destination situation analysis project for my destination management course. What a (nerve-wracking) time, this was!

Week of May 1, 2020:

  • Forward
  • Suggest (4)
  • Well (3)
  • Emphasize (5)
  • Efforts (3)
  • Conduct (4)

Despite my continued (nerve-wracking) work on projects, presentations, emails, assignments, and studying sessions during this last interval prior to finals week, I was, thankfully, able to retain composure on most days. Of course, per usual, the words I found suitable for my various written responsibilities ultimately had universal applicability, such that I can assert that suggestwell (as in “as well“), emphasizeefforts, and conduct all became tied to each of my college courses in my mind. This week, the single outlier happened to be forward, which I must admit to utilizing in the form of “I look forward to” within an embarrassing number of emails. Well, at least I made it through this busy week!

Week of May 8, 2020:

  • Likely (2)
  • Enjoy (3)
  • Factor (2)
  • Should (5)
  • Thanks (13)
  • Nervous (14)

Finals week was finally upon me, and unsurprisingly, the stress and emotional impacts of the conclusion of both my internship and my course load for the Spring 2020 semester influenced my diction–perhaps best exemplified by my excessive use of the word nervous in my intra- and inter-personal dialogue. Of course, my sentimental and neurotic self took to emailing (as well as a Zoom meeting) in order to communicate my gratitude and last-minute questions toward my supervisors and professors, within which I found myself wearing out the words thanksshould, and enjoy. Finally, as for my specific projects, I can tie my notable employment of factor to my editing of a group project for my research class and likely to my final presentation (regarding the long-term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the hospitality industry) for my trends-focused course. Whew.

Week of May 15, 2020:

  • Way (2)
  • Imagine
  • Became (3)
  • Particular (7)
  • First (2)
  • Favorite (8)

At long last, my first week (of two) of summer break had arrived, and although I did permit myself to relax quite a bit, I did direct much of my attention toward the relatively taxing blog posts that I planned to execute with my excess time. For instance, my overuse of the words becameparticularfirst, and favorite (among many other words that I had to cut from my original list) can definitely all be linked to my work for my next installment of the “Semester in Songs” series. Within my first hours of relaxation, though, I could already sense my gravitation toward words like way and imagine (as in “the way that…” and “imagine if…”) as a way to revel in a looser inner dialogue. Yay for break!

Week of May 22, 2020:

  • Provide (10)
  • Cumulative
  • Now (4)
  • Group
  • Recognize (3)
  • Favorite (9)

Alas, soon after my summer break arrived, it was already coming to a close! During this second half of my reprieve of sorts, I did spend some time relaxing, trying to having as much fun as I could amidst the limitations prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and having a meeting to prepare for an upcoming research position at my college; of course, though, I knew that I also had to use this limited opportunity to tackle my next reflection for my “Ongoing Trends in My Vocabulary” project. As such, I can admit that my use of the words providecumulativenowgroup, and recognize (and many of its synonyms) can be credited to my work on my 180-week installment, while the last remaining entry–favorite–was tied to my completion of my latest “Monthly Monday Music Melange” post. What a time for incessant projects, I suppose!

Week of May 29, 2020:

  • Prior (2)
  • Recently (2)
  • First (3)
  • Process (2)
  • Thank (14)

Despite my worries and wishes for more relaxation (although I was already growing restless from my excess time), the start of the Summer 2020 semester was upon me. As my work and class meetings began on Wednesday, I did have a few days at the start of the week on which to finalize the aforementioned 180-week reflection and 40-week music post, as well as my next entry, as my excessive use of the words priorrecentlyfirst, and process demonstrates. Soon enough, I would start attending said meetings and reviving my emailing habits, which, in turn, entailed the revitalization of my use of the word thanks to professors and supervisors. Here I go again, everyone!

Week of June 5, 2020:

  • Just (4)
  • Wondering (4)
  • Worries
  • Scared
  • Most

For my second week of the Summer 2020 semester, I experienced an introduction to the full potential load of the term, entailing meetings for each of my classes and for my work as a research assistant; as most of my efforts necessitated reading and note-taking, though, my emails and conversations on video conferences had the greatest influences on my diction. Specifically, I can spotlight wondering and just as two words that I emphasized in my emails to professors, supervisors, and peers, while worries (as in “no worries“) can be linked to my more casual interactions. Finally, I found myself utilizing the word most with remarkable frequency amidst my attempts to synthesize articles I identified for my research work, and due to my growing worries about my contributions to this semester’s endeavors, the word scared often appeared in my inner dialogue.

Week of June 12, 2020:

  • Planning
  • Just (5)
  • Helpful
  • Allow (5)
  • Within (2)
  • Stress (2)

During my third week of the semester, my stress and exhaustion (both physically and mentally) seemed to gradually escalate and reach its apex by the conclusion of the “work week,” throughout which I focused on reviewing course material and writing for my research assistant role. In particular, I can assert that for my research efforts (and a bit of my coursework as well), planning became the word to define my consistent emails and other forms of communications, with my use of allow and within being associated with my actual writing. Meanwhile, I caught myself employing the words just and helpful ad nauseam in emails pertaining to my courses and assistant work, and in a comparable manner to the prior week, my internal chaos caused stress to infiltrate my inner and outer speech. Whew.

Week of June 19, 2020:

  • Key
  • Bolster
  • Provide (11)
  • Specify
  • Subsequent (2)
  • Identified (8)

This particular week entailed quite a bit of writing-focused efforts, for both my class projects and my work as a research assistant. In particular, I can highlight the latter matter as the primary inspiration for my diction, as evidenced by my somewhat embarrassing overuse of the words key, bolster, providespecify, subsequent, and identified–yes, every single entry listed above–in my literature review drafts. Hey, at least I can say that my accounting project was able to be an additional motivator of bolster, in accordance with my discussion of the timely financial factors impacting a hospitality company; likewise, I can assert that my personal thesis helped to substantiate my employment of the word provide!

Week of June 26, 2020:

  • Notes (3)
  • Supposed
  • Apply (2)
  • Specific (6)
  • Found (9)
  • Accordance (3)

Somehow, the mid-term point was already upon me; accordingly, my internal tension toward preparations for my class projects and an exam, as well as my research work, was certainly elevated. Just as with the prior week, my rather intense and fast-paced efforts for my research assistant role had the largest discernible impact on my vocabulary, with notes, apply, specific, found, and accordance being this week’s pieces of evidence of my planning and writing processes for literature reviews. Finally, near the end of the week, my exhausting Zoom-hosted midterm exam saw my excessive utilization of the word supposed–not in my text answers, but in the incessant chatroom questions that I sent to my professor for clarification of the prompts. Well, that is me, I suppose.

Week of July 3, 2020:

  • Absolute
  • Foster (2)
  • Broader
  • Found (10)
  • Well (4)
  • Perceptions (2)

Week of July 10, 2020:

  • Relevant (3)
  • Substantiate
  • Then (2)
  • Suggest (5)
  • Cumulative (2)
  • Foundation (2)

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