Self-Evaluation

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Change is interwoven in the learning process and therefore is inevitable. It is beyond amazing to reflect on ourselves and see how much we change in just six months. I do not know what is more remarkable—the change itself or knowing that that change represents an expansion in our knowledge, a growth in our abilities, and an improvement in our writing. However, one thing I am sure of is that it feels good to see that, excuse the cliché, hard work does pay off. Before the start of this school year, I was not clueless as to how to craft an argument, but, to say the least, I was unexperienced. I thought that “argumentative” was simply a fancy name for “persuasive”—needless to say, I was mistaken. Blinded by this fallacy, I avoided acknowledging any opposing views in my essays (such as in my TV argumentative impromptu), which only made it seem as if I did not have sufficient information to defend my arguments. I thought I had to induce my audience to agree with me and that if I mentioned any alternatives, I would lose them. However, the purpose of an argumentative essay is not to make others agree with a point of view, but to convince them to acknowledge the validity of an argument and to consider it. Luckily, I realized this in time to write my argumentative essay about the value of public opinions, in which I pointed out that although “some may argue that public statements of opinion are unnecessary because they peer pressure others into thinking a certain way,” the sharing of these opinions “[creates] a society where no opinion is exactly like the next” because people adapt what they hear to “better fit their character (Argumentative Impromptu p. 3&4). This change strengthens my arguments because it convinces my audience that I w... ... middle of paper ... ...nearly impossible to track all the ways it changes, partly because it is always changing, because there is always room for improvement. Regardless of all of these improvements, I know my writing is still far from perfect. My arguments still lack the emotional appeal that, if present, would make my audience consider my arguments a lot faster. My analysis still lack development because often times I just state what happens instead of explaining why. In general, I need to work on controlling my voice and tone throughout an entire essay, which can be fixed if I choose my words more carefully to make sure my diction is uniform. Despite all of this, I am satisfied with myself, I am satisfied with the ways my writing has changed, with the way my writing skills have grown. Why? Because I am learning, and I know that I will continue improving as long as I take chances.

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