Along with those classes, I have had many teachers help me find a newfound love and hate for the subject. Freshman year was my toughest, most unproductive, year by far. The teacher assigned papers that were pointless and she chose books that interest her. Much of the work she assigned was busy work, she did not care if we grew as writers or if we understood the concept behind the assignment. After a month, I was looking for a way out, I bit off more than I was able to chew.
I never learned a proper writing process, and lacked the skills to revise my papers. I was used to turning in papers after writing them once, and then getting feedback after I received the grade. This was sad because I wasted so many years in high school where I could have improved my revision skills. Through WRA however, I have learned what a proper writing process looks like. From the first outline to the final paper, there are many things that need to be done to ensure you turn in your best work.
This assignment came at the end of the semester where I still found myself being challenged with new concepts. I thought it was going to be impossible to write a monologue in first person from a person I have never met. At first I was skeptical, but then after sifting through TIME magazine and researching the time period I was able to bring everything together. Then came digging deep to find the confidence to read it aloud in front of the class. Nonetheless it was a divergent assignment that allowed myself to expand from simple essay writing and delve
In all my years of going to school I have had trouble writing introductions and conclusions for my papers. All of my teachers would tell me that you would want your introduction to flow and clearly start what you are going to talk about. When ever I would write an introduction it would never flow. It is always fairly choppy and I could not figure out how to smoothen it out. Now that I am in college people have told me to not summarize my paper in my introduction.
Over the past few months, I have learned several different writing techniques. While all of the different types of papers were difficult to write, I believe that my writing skills have improved. However, I did not understand all of the assignments, but I did try to do my best on all of them. I should have used more transitional words. It is true that I have not had very much writing experience and the writing process is difficult for me.
The worst part is that the fog is pervading a familiar place and once it clears I will be disappointed with myself because I should have known exactly where I was. What troubles me is why I do not know where I stand, after a semester of studying concepts I believe in. My hopes for myself in this class have not been met (for which I hold myself entirely responsible). I spent the last few months searching for answers in the material, in my dialogues with my classmates and coworkers, in my writing and through my thinking. As a feminist and a critical pedagogue I thought I would surely come to some grand conclusions, with all these theories as my bedfellows.
My expectations were that it was going to be a long, boring, and torturous few months trying to digest the material. Overall, I would have to say that I was right, but there were a few stories that surprised me. As an adult, my tastes and interests have changed, and I think that the struggles of the characters in some of the books I read in the past can be equated with the struggles I endured as well. Understanding and Appreciation In high school, I did not appreciate the stories that I was forced to read. I could not see how I could relate to any of the characters I read about.
In knowing that my writing still had weak spots I felt overwhelmed with the fear of not being able to perform as well as others, and created a sense of shame within myself. During the last eight weeks my writing has evolved beautifully. Before taking English 122, my writing was in dire need of At the start of this class, we were assigned our first minor essay; a journal entry dealing with our personal writing experience. I can remember thinking, “oh my god!” It was only the first week and we were already writing an essay. Wracked with nerves, I knew there was no way to handle the situation besides getting it over with.
As I walked in to the English classroom the very first day of college I was scared. I thought I wouldn’t get anywhere because I thought I couldn’t write anything. Giving much thought into the whole writing process and having many people behind me is when I knew I could write something. As my writing developed many signs of weaknesses and strengths showed through. I have many weaknesses as a writer.
I have been extremely lost in the social media and doing everything on a computer that I haven’t picked up a book to read in months. Having to read this much in this class and different types of reading has woken up the urge to start reading again. I may not choose long big books of literature but something that peaks my interest, for me is a positive start to something I thought I had lost. I need to improve the quality of my introductions and conclusions. It generally takes me a very long time to get started writing a paper and often it is due to not making a good enough introduction to go with the rest of my paper.