I’m not a complete stranger to auto ethnography at all. I did society and culture studies throughout my senior High School years. I have also done a few culture classes in uni as well. But mostly from the society and culture (SAC) class, we always got learnt to chuck away everything my English teachers were teaching us. What my SAC teacher wanted was something raw, personal and self-developing. She wanted a piece of writing in which she can see me grow, learn and develop. Writing that including my opinions, thoughts and reactions.
The biggest issue with this is finding a balance. There has to be a close eye looking at when one starts to be too personal, empathetic and therapeutic or possibly when one is much too analytic and critical. To achieve a good and fulfilling auto-ethnography piece, you need to be able to express yourself, show personal opinions and ideas and show empathy and progress while also ensuring you are being critical, analytic and somewhat level headed. This is definitely going to be a bit of a challenge, especially considering I will be writing about something fairly new to me. However i’m sure the outcome will be worth it, and a huge learning experience.
My main goals are to achieve a balance. To try and not be too biased, but to definitely acknowledge when Ive noticed I am, and why this might be the case. To break down and analyse not only the text itself, but my actual reactions to them and my initial thoughts and deconstruct where they came from and why they exist. Let the personal journey begin.