I was able to see who I was as a writer and actually sit down and see what needs more work I also wrote about my MBTI, I found out I was a big procrastinator and that helped me figure out many things. Also for that week for the first time I participated in a group discussion, I was able to read my classmates different MBTI and how they are as
Editing, an area that has never been a strong suit of mine, is also taught in First Year Writing. Peer-editing is a valuable exercise in which students exchange drafts with their peers and edit them for each other. This process helped me greatly during the semester as my peers were able to point out flaws and faults in my essay that I would never have seen myself. This, i... ... middle of paper ... ...t response to my concern coming into college, First Year Writing helps increase responsibility and independence in students. By giving them time and space to develop their writing skills students are “empowered as agents responsible for their own learning” (Gere, 2).
This semester I have spent in writing 107 has greatly changed my thoughts about writing. All throughout high school and even coming into this class I thought that writing was an easy subject that required very little effort. Suffice to say, I thought that I would get a good grade in this class despite putting in little time and dedication. I learned after the first two papers that writing is a hard subject that requires lots of planning and work. Before this class, I would never have thought that I would go to the writing center in CTLE or have friends proofread my paper telling me their thoughts.
My major weaknesses in essay writing which were writing a sound thesis statement, expository writing and critical thinking now became my strengths in every essay I write. I feel that I am much better now, in persuading someone through my writings. I am now organized when I write essay, and each new experience I involve myself in has made me to learn something new. I am looking forward to become bes t writer after my EN 102 class next semester. I will keep working in the writing center, and continue reading books to take my writing to the next level as a foreigner student.
Most texts, in fact, confuse rewriting with editing, proofreading, or manuscript preparation. Yet rewriting almost always is the most exciting, satisfying part of the writing process” (75). I thought this quote was interesting because I never thought rewriting was a punishment. If anything writing was a punishment throughout the years. One class in high school, one of the students did something disrespectful, so the teacher had all the students write a five page essay on why we should not do that.
When I first began Writing 101 I only had skills from high school and creative writing, and had no experience writing in a college setting. The reason I took this class was because it was a basic requirement for my studies. I started this class believing that I knew a lot about writing simply because I wrote often in my spare time, and creative writing was my favorite subject in high school. Now that this class is coming to an end, I realized there was so much I did not know about writing such as the rules and styles of writing. This class has been very helpful with helping me progress in my writing, and has allowed me to expand on my writing styles.
I decided to take a second chance on English by declaring Literature and Writing as my majors. Over the past three and half years, my love to read and write has been continually nourished and supported by the English department at Loras. Professors enlightened me to the real meanings and values of great literary pieces. Class discussions fueled by ideas and questions from both the professor and the students helped me to form my own ideas about literature and to think about literature on a higher level. My ability to analyze, synthesize, critique, research, and make my own judgments flourished because I finally had professors that truly were passionate about literature and helping their students.
Of course all of my stories were morbid with sinister events, but well written. (Maybe because I would spend all the time I could with her, so I would revise and revise until it was perfect- well at least for an 8th grader.) Writing My Past as a Writer was a great way to remind me why writing was alright. This paper was a little easier to write because it was my story. I had to revise it a bit and add some more background to what I was writing in the class, such as my Johnathn story (there are more of them too).
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 mostly taught myself how to write in this way. Before writing, I would read part of a book written for kids my age, and try to emulate the author’s voice. What kept me writing in this way was the feedback I received from others. I showed them to my friends and family, and they would tell me how much they liked certain parts of the story. After receiving that feedback, I would then look back at the parts they mentioned, and try to write like I had in the “good” passages.