The English classes that I have taken over the course of my years in school have always been greatly enjoyable. Fortunately, I've been lucky to have had amazing teachers, more than eager to aid me in improving my writing. I believe that as far as my writing skills, there is always room for improvement. There will always be another vocabulary word to learn, or a writing style to master. Although I am not necessarily striving for perfection (I don't dream of being the next Mark Twain or F. Scott Fitzgerald), improving my personal best is what I am invariably working towards.
I went to school for a semester and realized I couldn’t pay for it and that what I thought I had wanted to do my whole life sucked and I hated it. No harm, no foul, move on. Except I can’t. My brain won’t let me. I, like a lot of people, didn’t go to college straight out of High School.
If you had met me in high school, you would realize I am not the same person I am today. I used to believe that people do not change, they never will. Growing up I came to believe that it is impossible for people to change. This is not true, after being in college for a short four months, I am a completely different person than I was when I left home which is for the better. Unfortunately, I was arrested the first week of school.
This semester has been my favorite semester that I have had so far. I have learned bounteous amounts of information in this class. Before this class, writing memos was completely foreign to me. At first, memos, quite frankly, befuddled me. I am not sure if it was the concept or the format that I found most confusing, but writing my first memo was one of the hardest things I did in this class.
Throughout each experience in your life, you are expected to walk away with something; whether it be a new way of thinking, learned techniques or a mixture of the both. Throughout English 101, I ended up learning much more than expected. This was due to having a great teacher, but also the realization of how little high school actually prepared me for college English. The class itself took me on a journey of learning, not only acquiring new skills, but uncovering an unknown side of me as a writer; which then led to a change in my writing process and a solid achievable set of goals for the future. In this essay, I will be covering how ENG101 helped me advance my way of writing; as well as how it has affected me and what that means for my future college career.
My College Education Experience My transition to college was very rough, not only was I just, “going to college,” I felt as if I was picking up my life, and moving it to the city of Merced. Originally I was supposed to have first year student housing guarantee, but I missed the deadline, and I didn’t get a dorm, I rented my own place and lived by myself for an entire year. I also carried a very negative attitude and very bitter about attending UC Merced, because it was my last choice. I was too arrogant to see how blessed I was to have all of these opportunities, and affected my academic performance. However, at the end of my first year, I had not just improved my GPA, but I felt as if I have found another part of myself in Merced.
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.
A Writing Portfolio: The Ups and Downs Writing isn’t my strongest suit and always has room for improvement. Throughout this semester writing composition 10103 wasn’t my favorite class in the world, but it was a great learning experience to improve my writing skills. Transitioning from a high school academic English class to college level writing class was a big step for me. I spent countless nights where I would just stare at my computer screen having no idea what to write, but practice makes perfect. Having a professor with high standards in his students in their writing skills really made me push myself the hardest I have ever pushed myself in a writing course.
After using pre-writing skills and techniques, I notice that my essays are much more organized; and thus, my essays are no... ... middle of paper ... ... essay looks so discontinuous. I realize that to make my article better, the transition between paragraphs are really important because it can give readers a sense of what I am talking about. Through this semester, I believe that this is the best class I ever take, but on the other hand, this is the worst class I ever take. The reason why I believe this is the best class for me is because I have improved my writing skills a lot through English 1A. For example, I have improved my pre-writing skills so I can write much more easily when I really start writing.
I feel like I brought a lot of weaknesses due to the fact that in English class my senior year we did not focus mostly on the grammatical aspect of in writing essays. We mostly focused on the content and if we answered the topic while being able to back it up through the literary devices we found in the passages all under forty minutes. I believe my weaknesses include grammar and structure, while I found that I lack in strength in time management during the semester. Through the experience of my first semester of college I have gotten a better grasp at managing my time. I do plan on continuing to improve my writing skills to help me become a better communicator even after finishing the one more semester of English I have to