My LDR experience has been generally positive. The class is inviting and interesting, the discussions are riveting and engaging, and the subject matters have all been fascinating to me. But I have to say, this class has been a little stressful. Between failing the individual exams and stress-writing an argumentative essay, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have more than a few panic attacks. I had trouble keeping up with the arguments some days, and sometimes I didn’t have a good grasp of the arguments we talked about, whether because I wasn’t paying attention or I was having a bad communication day. But after discussing each class with my friends and talking about failure with my older brother, I came to accept that I’m not always going to understand everything. That’s why I chose an image of a calm dog in a burning room. I have been stressed out, but I’ve accepted that failure isn’t always a negative thing, and I’ve learned to manage my stress with various coping mechanisms, like friends and snack food.