Armed with positive experiences from my earlier years, I was secure in my writing skills and I welcomed any new information that I could learn that would make me an even better writer. I owe a lot of my writing abilities to this teacher, I feel that she greatly and thoroughly prepared us for our literary futures. Essay writing was the biggest English lesson of that school year, this is where I first learned how to write an introduction, how to organize and structure paragraphs, and how to construct an overall essay. In this class my teacher would often times use my essays as an example for the other students, because often time I had the highest scored essay in the class. That school year gave me such confidence in myself when it came to writing essays, that it is something I started doing as a hobby and not just in school and academically.
The ten weeks of English class has been interesting and fruitful, I have learnt a lot of writing and reading skills that have indeed helped me in improving my English. For our Project One, we were required to write about an experience of how we successfully persuaded another person. Before I started writing, my teacher, Professor Geis taught the class how to write rhetorical compositions, she gave us many articles that are of good examples. We were taught in class the rhetorical strategies for persuasive compositions- the ethos, pathos and logos. I learnt that ethos means the characters in the composition, pathos means the emotions expressed by the composition and lastly logos means logic of the composition.
As a writer, I struggled my first semester, which took a huge toll on my excitement for both English and writing. Although, I came to realize that with a little help, proofreading, and editing (several times), I was able to generate a well-written essay or at best an average one. Regardless of my poor start, I continued to appreciate my love of English language arts courses. I was blown away by all the juicy classical literature and landmark poems I was able to read and comprehend. I loved all of my classes in college, and I honestly enjoyed the readings!
I never really liked to write essays, but I think now I have come to enjoy it. With the right topic and guidance I think I could write wonderful essays. I look forward to making my writing better as my English classes’ progress and I think with everything I learned from this class that is very possible.
In high school Eminem failed ninth grade three times before dropping out claiming, “I found that no matter how bad I was at school, like, and no matter how low my grades might have been at some times, I always was good at English ... I just felt like I wanna be able to have all of these words at my disposal, in my vocabulary at all times whenever I need to pull 'em out. You know, somewhere, they'll be stored, like, locked away." (Eminem’s Biography) In high school Eminem devoured comic books and always had a dictionary. Eminem’s natural ability to understand English so well sparked his passion for words.
I got a C on the paper, which wasn’t new to me at that time, but she told me she wanted me to stay after class. After class she told me that my paper had potential. She gave me point by point what I was missing and even gave me sites to go to that helped me improve the paper. On the next paper I put in a lot of hard work and it paid off I got an A! For the first time since middle school I got an A on a major paper for English.
Cornell Admissions Essay By unlocking the door to (name) past, one sees his thoughts and actions when they first took hold of his persona. This essay serves as a key to that door and to my current personality. The first beloved books in my life were the Sesame Street Encyclopedia volumes. At three, I wasn't old enough to read them, but I always wanted to have them read to me. In fact, I memorized the ten volume set so when my parents would skip some pages I would ask them to read what they skipped.
My writing skills have improved due to this class and all Ms. Geary had taught me. She made class fun with her inflections and just the way she says everything, her personality definitely showed through. I looked forward to class but never the homework. Finally after reading over my final drafts of: My Past as a Writer, Problematic Essay and my Exploratory Research Paper I realize that I have dramatically improved my writing skills in every draft thanks to revisions and some positive criticism for Ms. Geary. I think I am now ready to take on the next step in the English world.
Each student then compiled their poems into a book when we were done. I remember being very proud of the way mine turned out, and my mom still has it to this day. During this time, I was writing poems as homework and for fun. Back in middle school I learned to play the guitar, but after the poetry section freshman year I started to write lyrics. High school was also when I was assigned research projects which usually included writing informative essays on the topic I was assigned.
In high school, I was always a student that succeeded in all of my courses. I did, however, have some classes that I would better excel; English always being one of them. My teachers would always praise me for the way I used my critical thinking skills and for my excellent editing and revising techniques. Due to these reasons, I felt very confident when I first started taking the Foundations of Academic Writing (FAW) I course. I quickly learned the error in my way of thinking.