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Writing a reflective essay in 3rd person.

Discussion in 'Assignments, Dissertations & Exams (Midwifery)' started by Penguin, Nov 29, 2011.

  1. Penguin

    Penguin Head of News & Social Media Staff Member

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    I've always written essays in third person, no probs. But this is my first ever reflective essay - and I thought reflection was meant to be person like 'I did this, and I felt this... I believe this was...' So how on earth do I do this in 3rd person? :no:

    Do I have to do it like 'Penguin was working on the labour ward, and penguin thought it was very busy! Penguin believes...'

    Because it just seems really silly? Sorry for my ignorance
  2. Mymble

    Mymble Knitting ninja

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    We've been told that these are the only academic things we can write in the third person cos they are supposed to be from your perspective. Who has said it needs to be 3rd person?
  3. Penguin

    Penguin Head of News & Social Media Staff Member

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    The tutor who set the essay! I'm writing a rough draft of my reflection at the mo (in 1st person) just thinking ahead how I'm going to turn it into an essay and make it third person!
  4. Mymble

    Mymble Knitting ninja

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    That's so weird!?! Do you have 'peer mentors' (2nd and 3rd year students) at your uni that you could ask for advice on this?
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    I was also told that these were the only ones where you could use the first person although I have to admit I try to keep it to a minimum x
  6. Penguin

    Penguin Head of News & Social Media Staff Member

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    That's a really good point, thank you MrsSkip! :D Can't believe I didn't think of that :p
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    We write our reflections in the 1st person..... Only rappers and nutcases talk about themselves in the third person :p
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    Growlie Well-Known Member

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    We do it in first too... however I hate it...

    Please call yourself Penguin in it.

    You could write like, "on a shift on labour ward it was noted that it was extremely busy, Googleyplop (2009) states that it is of critical importance that wards are not busy. The feelings felt were that of worry, excitment, dread and elation. In the future practice could be improved by throwing people out on the street."

    Maybe, I dunno, it's REALLY hard!
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    Like growlie said really. It depends what you're reflecting on as to how easy it is to put into third person.
    Instead of "when I palpated mrs a's abdomen I felt the baby was OA", you can say "on palpation, the baby was felt to be in an OA position". If that makes sense? X

    Imagine of the was a googleyplop (2009) that you've unwittingly referenced!

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