I took all suggestions by my fellow peers and professors into developing my skills as a writer. From writing an essay without topic sentences or proper thesis, I developed the skills and learned the guidelines of becoming a proper writer at a college-undergraduate level. At the beginning of the semester, I had a different idea of what is considered as good writing. In my first rough draft for my first essay, “Post-secondary education and cultural backgrounds”, I demonstrated mostly of my preconceived idea of what good writing is suppose to be. I tried to sound intelligent by asking rhetorical questions and using big words improperly.
My weakest area in essay development during the semester was identifying a clear thesis statement which was crucial part of the writing process. I could not tell a road map for my paper; in other words, my thesis statement could not tell the reader what to expect from the rest of the paper. When I reviewed my first draft, I understood that my thesis statement was too vague and was not specific enough to answer the question. For example, in my first narrative essay, I had unclear thesis statement which tells the situation of events rather than making a point. My introduction was not clear and could not set the tone for the remainder of the essay.
This semester was my first semester as a college student. Taking your college Writing 1 course to start off my education at Kent State allowed me to gain a basis for the next four years of my college career. Throughout high school I did not enjoy writing and to be honest I still do not take delight in writing, but your style of teaching has allowed me to see writing in a new perspective. I am relieved to have started my first English class with an instructor who shares their patience and extensive knowledge in a constructive environment. I knew from the beginning that writing was one of my major weaknesses.
Throughout this semester, our class has read four powerful and influential pieces by James Baldwin, Gloria Anzaldua, Haunani-Kay Trask, and Nick Bear. The first piece we ever looked at was Baldwin’s “If Black English Isn’t a Language, Then Tell Me, What Is?” This was our first writing assignment, focusing on using generative writing to get our ideas from our heads onto the paper, to then develop later. However, we were still supposed to focus on the PAR criteria, in order to get an idea on how we would need to develop our writing and our own pieces to pass the class. One of the first mistakes I made as a writer was as follows: “I really enjoyed the latter quote, on page 263. The importance of this quote, to me anyway, is that in every language, there is a common language.
However, the assignment was not asking to tell the story, the main theme is to write what shaped you as a whole. As a result, I got a poor grade and realized that this college level course was not the same as a high school writing course. In high school, I was only satisfied in completing the essay and receiving an A. What really ... ... middle of paper ... ...lized that there were many mistakes that I needed to fix in order to perfect my writing. I need to consider more about focusing on the topic and organizing for my writing, because it appeals to the audience more clear to the point.
As a serious academic, admitting defeat was hard, but I needed to bite the bullet and ask for assistance. After coming into my writing class and attending my first peer editing workshop, I felt li... ... middle of paper ... ... about a reflection of a moment of our lives? The redundant nature of the writing began to get to me. You would think that the same prompt of “reflection” would make me care less about the assignments, but instead I would worry more about keeping my writing fresh and exciting. If anything, I felt like my writing was part of the film Inception.
In fact, I practiced more intellectually in the processing of preparing TOEFL exam. Specially Speaking, I analyzed the questions depending on not the examples I recite but interpretations that are more understandable and appropriate to my views. Lacking writing skills, relevant examples and the precise vocabulary for writing a convincing essay, I faced similar challenge that I cannot do well in limited time, as the first time I exercised for the exams based on English. For solving the problems, my writing teacher recommended me try to do some reading exercises before I write a whole essay. This way was really useful for me to enlarge the vocabulary and backlog writing materials, and I started to speed up my writing though I still can not pay attention to essay structures.
Multiple essays have been formulated during the duration of Composition 1. These essays have taught me an important lesson about my writing, failure is acceptable in order to grow. On the other hand, I made an important discovery last year that I want to study journalism and advance further in that field after college. From taking journalism classes, to blogging in my spare time, to always getting an A on my papers, I thought I had no room to improve. I was mistaken.
I have made a lot of progress in my writing in English 2100T class. I still have many problems that I should not have as I am a college student. I try my best to finish every writing assignment I have, and try to remember those mistakes I made before in order to prove my writing skills. However, I still make some mistakes that I made before. I will like to learn how to write a good or a convincing essay yet, it is difficult for me to achieve the level as a college student.
During my high school years I wasn’t that good of a writer. I thought this composition class was going to be hard since I sometimes thought it was hard in high school. My writing experience was good and sometimes bad. This semester in the composition class I had many writing strengths and weaknesses. These strengths and weaknesses is what helped me learn the errors I was making while writing essays this semester.