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In high school writing was completely different, a paper was written over the course of a month instead of a few weeks. In college, the longest span of writing time you have is about two weeks and mostly half of that is just prewriting. In my previous English courses, prewriting was not focal point before college. Now, prewriting is one of the most important steps of the writing process. I expected a college level course to be more challenging and it definitely is. I never spent more than two hours writing papers before I entered college. I’ve learned that I like to write, and with just a little more patience and extra time I could have also excelled on my high school papers.
Our first essay was a personal narrative. I chose to write about my grandfather, because he had just passed away two weeks ago when class began and writing about him really helped me. Looking back, I think I chose a topic in heat of the moment instead of really thinking on it. When writing my essay there were several time when I wish I would have chosen a different topic, not because it was difficult to write about, but because it brought up a lot of emotion on my behalf. This essay took me several days to write, the story came naturally but the emotion took over at times. I wrote the introduction one day then worked on the remainder of the essay over the next three days. Once I had the introduction thought out I knew exactly where I wanted the story to go. I re-read the essay twice to make sure I did not leave any important details out of the story I was telling. Proofreading is no one’s favorite part of writing and I am certainly no different. I did not spend as much time proofreading as I should have. I thought through writing it on word that most of my m...

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...ad over it for me to check for grammatical errors. After finishing the essay I would rate this essay as not my best but not my worst. This essay was challenging, but also made me see things differently in the way of an advertisement.
Through this class and my previous experiences I’ve learned to spend more time on each step of the writing process instead of rushing through. Proofreading is something I will continue to work on through my next course. I have a problem with commas and it has become quite often. My writing has definitely gotten better since high school. 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.
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