You Should Embrace All The Feedback And Improve Your Work

You Should Embrace All The Feedback And Improve Your Work

The power in learning to embrace feedback and how to give feedback, the right way.

Feedback is probably one of my top 5 favorite things. I swear I'm not even joking. The rest of the top 5 consists of pizza, video games, my boyfriend and my family (in no specific order....except pizza might be #1.) If anything, how highly I rank it only exhibits how feedback is the shit and you should learn to embrace it.

So yes, feedback is amazing, but it may not always seem that way. When I first started to share my content with others, whether it was a story I wrote or something I designed, I was TERRIFIED of letting anyone see, let alone critique my work. And I'll be super honest, I never really took criticism well before and felt like people were basically just telling me my work was trash and I should start again or try something new. For too long I allowed the opinions of others to completely dictate my work until it didn't really feel like mine anymore.

That is, until I learned how to embrace it.

So I think it's safe to say that we've all been there. Pissed off because someone gave us a critique on something (hair, outfit, design, script, WHATEVER) and brought to light the things we probably knew were wrong all along but didn't change or simply failed to notice. And yes, it sucks! But it doesn't have to, I promise!

The key to embracing feedback without letting it crush what you've done-to-date is keeping in mind not all feedback is helpful! Avoid getting feedback from people who:

1. Don't support your goals.

2. Are negative AF.

3. Say things like "I loved it, great job." (Sorry Mom, but that isn't helping anyone)

4. Don't offer suggestions for improvement.

Okay, now you know who to avoid feedback from, awesome. So who should you be seeking feedback from? Odds are it should be someone well-versed in your field, someone who supports your mission and most importantly, someone who will provide constructive suggestions to help elevate your work!

Getting feedback that only tells you good job or bad job will certainly make you pleased with yourself or frustrated beyond belief, but it won't actually make your content any better. If someone tells you they loved it, ask why. Did they say they hated it? STILL ASK WHY! You may not always agree with their thoughts but the WHY is equally as important as the WHAT and certainly not something worth overlooking.

Keep in mind that not every piece of advice you get needs to be applied. It is super important to remember at the end of the day, your work is your own and you have the final say. Seeking feedback is key, but being selective with what you apply is just as important.

Another thing that is a must in learning to embrace feedback is learning to give quality feedback. By taking the time to learn what qualifies good feedback, I've learned how to embrace it in a far more genuine way. Luckily I have access to one of the most amazing and intelligent women in the world, Emily Wray. An educator at Full Sail University, Emily has developed the RISE feedback model and it is basically the greatest feedback cheat sheet ever invented.

By embracing the RISE model and utilizing it, I have become far more adept at communicating with other creators and working collaboratively to elevate both their work and my own. The RISE model can help direct you in providing quality feedback by reflecting on the work, inquiring about what you may not understand, suggesting improvements and elevating future iterations all in a meaningful way.

So why try embracing feedback? Because it will improve your work of course! As creators, we are making things for an audience and their opinion should matter to us in our creative process. By seeking feedback you can gauge an understanding of how your audience will be impacted by or interpret what you've put out there. By actively seeking a genuine critique of your work, you will only improve your future iterations.

So next time someone tears apart your work and you're ready to throw it all away, instead find the opportunities to improve and make it happen!

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College As Told By Junie B. Jones

A tribute to the beloved author Barbara Parks.

The Junie B. Jones series was a big part of my childhood. They were the first chapter books I ever read. On car trips, my mother would entertain my sister and me by purchasing a new Junie B. Jones book and reading it to us. My favorite part about the books then, and still, are how funny they are. Junie B. takes things very literally, and her (mis)adventures are hilarious. A lot of children's authors tend to write for children and parents in their books to keep the attention of both parties. Barbara Park, the author of the Junie B. Jones series, did just that. This is why many things Junie B. said in Kindergarten could be applied to her experiences in college, as shown here.

When Junie B. introduces herself hundreds of times during orientation week:

“My name is Junie B. Jones. The B stands for Beatrice. Except I don't like Beatrice. I just like B and that's all." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 1)

When she goes to her first college career fair:

"Yeah, only guess what? I never even heard of that dumb word careers before. And so I won't know what the heck we're talking about." (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 2)

When she thinks people in class are gossiping about her:

“They whispered to each other for a real long time. Also, they kept looking at me. And they wouldn't even stop." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When someone asks her about the library:

“It's where the books are. And guess what? Books are my very favorite things in the whole world!" (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 27)

When she doesn't know what she's eating at the caf:

“I peeked inside the bread. I stared and stared for a real long time. 'Cause I didn't actually recognize the meat, that's why. Finally, I ate it anyway. It was tasty...whatever it was." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When she gets bored during class:

“I drew a sausage patty on my arm. Only that wasn't even an assignment." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 18)

When she considers dropping out:

“Maybe someday I will just be the Boss of Cookies instead!" (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 76)

When her friends invite her to the lake for Labor Day:

“GOOD NEWS! I CAN COME TO THE LAKE WITH YOU, I BELIEVE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 17)

When her professor never enters grades on time:

“I rolled my eyes way up to the sky." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 38)

When her friends won't stop poking her on Facebook:

“Do not poke me one more time, and I mean it." (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 7)

When she finds out she got a bad test grade:

“Then my eyes got a little bit wet. I wasn't crying, though." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 17)

When she isn't allowed to have a pet on campus but really wants one:


When she has to walk across campus in the dark:

“There's no such thing as monsters. There's no such thing as monsters." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 12)

When her boyfriend breaks her heart:

“I am a bachelorette. A bachelorette is when your boyfriend named Ricardo dumps you at recess. Only I wasn't actually expecting that terrible trouble." (Junie B. Jones Is (almost) a Flower Girl, p. 1)

When she paints her first canvas:

"And painting is the funnest thing I love!" (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 61)

When her sorority takes stacked pictures:

“The biggie kids stand in the back. And the shortie kids stand in the front. I am a shortie kid. Only that is nothing to be ashamed of." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 7)

When she's had enough of the caf's food:

“Want to bake a lemon pie? A lemon pie would be fun, don't you think?" (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed p. 34)

When she forgets about an exam:

“Speechless is when your mouth can't speech." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 54)

When she finds out she has enough credits to graduate:

“A DIPLOMA! A DIPLOMA! I WILL LOVE A DIPLOMA!" (Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl p. 6)

When she gets home from college:

"IT'S ME! IT'S JUNIE B. JONES! I'M HOME FROM MY SCHOOL!" (Junie B. Jones and some Sneaky Peaky Spying p. 20)

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Things I Miss Now That I'm Home From College Again

There are so many reasons to be glad that the school year is over, but if you've done it right... there are a lot of reasons to miss it too.


So, school is over now and I've come home. As expected I was so relieved at first. No more showering with flip-flops, no more listening to screaming girls running up and down the hall, and a space that is mine and mine alone. But after a week or so of being back, there are a few things I've already started to miss.

I know that not every single person has the ideal roommate but I got really lucky with mine. Coming home I was excited to have my own space, but now when I'm doing my midnight scrolling, I'm realizing that I miss being able to talk to her about the funny things I see in that very moment. Tagging, DMing, and texting her doesn't feel the same as a long night of giggles spent together.

Also, while seeing old friends when you get home is amazing, and there is always a lot to catch up on, you do start to miss your other friends too. Being in college means that your friends are going through similar things as you are all the time. You have tests together, clubs together, and sometimes you spend way too much time procrastinating together. The bond you begin to form is one you definitely begin to miss - especially when you guys don't live close off of campus.

Coming home also means you don't have a set schedule or at least not immediately. You may come back to a previous job and that puts something on your calendar, but the free time you still have during the week can be a little too much. I know I've spent way too much time obsessing over the Tati/James drama than I ever would have at school. The routine I had at school kept me busy and entertained, and I'm honestly missing it a lot right now.

There are a lot of other things to miss too - even things you thought you wouldn't. You miss the classes, the teachers, and sometimes the food. I know I miss the environment. It isn't a perfect one, but it's full of people just trying to find their way. We are all working through the roller coaster of life and we are all stuck on one beautiful campus together while we figure it all out. I miss meeting new people at the bus stops or running into old classmates and catching up.

I guess the bonus for me is that I just finished sophomore year which means I have more time to spend at school. Come senior year, I guess I'll have to learn quickly how to deal without the things I miss - and also create a schedule so I can travel to see all of my friends, but those are all problems for future me.

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