Throughout high school writing papers and essays were very difficult for me, almost every assignment I would seek help from others. Whether it was from my fellow students, family members, or teachers, their advice helped me tremendously. My senior year I took a Creative Writing course, which I believe helped me a lot, because I would struggle to write a paragraph, but now I can put a paper together. Coming into college I knew writing was a major skill to conquer, but I still feel like I can improve a lot yet. Furthermore, my critical reading skills need much improvement, I have no problem reading a passage or book; however, I do have trouble with comprehending what I read.
Final Reflection Essay This class has been significantly more difficult than any other English class I have taken all throughout high school. This semester, I have been introduced to different styles of writing that I have never been exposed to before. This class has been stressful, but also fun. With using all of the resources I have been given throughout the semester, I have been able to do my best to further my writing abilities and hopefully only continue to grow them as I finish my later years in college. Throughout this essay, I will discuss my failures, my successes, my overall performance in the class, and my skill development skills.
English class in high school used to be one of the classes I dreaded the most. From discussions to numerous essays that we were required to participate in, I disliked it all. Don’t get me wrong, the subject of English itself is something that I enjoy--the teachers however are a different story. I would have to say that my first semester of college English was a major turning point for my love-hate relationship of this class. Over these few months I have grown as a writer and learned new and useful skills for the future.
I 've always been good at it, or so I thought. Maybe it was the senioritis hitting me and the excessive days of school that I missed, but my senior year English class hit me hard. It is safe to say I struggled quite a bit in this class, but I also found throughout the course of the year, there are things that I learned and things that I improved on. At the beginning of the year, I was introduced to Room 303. The work itself wasn 't always too difficult, but the workload was quite heavy.
It was important that I go to a good university or I won’t be able to get a good job when I graduated. Even though, I didn’t rank as high as I was in middle school, I was doing well enough on my exams; my counselor and teachers told me that I might be able to go to any universities of my choosing. I was very relieved and satisfied with myself; this was my life goal after all. The life of a high schooler was much harder and more completed than a middle schooler. I had to study every day to keep up with the amount of materials that were given out in class—they were much deeper and complicated.
Rejection. A word that I despise; and is something that has happened to me so many times in so many different ways. One of those ways was being rejected from one of my many college choices because my SAT scores did not reach their requirements. “Why apply?” you may ask, although my SAT scores did not meet their requirements, everything else on my application was perfect. I had great grades in high school, I volunteered many times; both inside and outside of school, I always helped around in my school administration whenever help was needed, and I always dedicated a month of my summer just to help my school give out the school books to students and sell the school uniforms.
Armed with positive experiences from my earlier years, I was secure in my writing skills and I welcomed any new information that I could learn that would make me an even better writer. I owe a lot of my writing abilities to this teacher, I feel that she greatly and thoroughly prepared us for our literary futures. Essay writing was the biggest English lesson of that school year, this is where I first learned how to write an introduction, how to organize and structure paragraphs, and how to construct an overall essay. In this class my teacher would often times use my essays as an example for the other students, because often time I had the highest scored essay in the class. That school year gave me such confidence in myself when it came to writing essays, that it is something I started doing as a hobby and not just in school and academically.
But nothing compared to the tedious work that I encountered my junior and senior year when I decided to challenge myself by taking AP English courses. Many people said it was just like any other English course with a little extra writing involved; my view was completely different. The AP English class... ... middle of paper ... ...bmit only the best papers. Everything that was learned, taught, and understood in English 1101 has now become a vital part of my educational journey. This english department has given me new insight on reading and writing that I could not obtain in high school; this english department has created a stronger more confident writer in me; this english department has taught me life long lessons that I will cherish now until I walk across that graduation stage.
Mrs. Garza would sit with us and we’d read different stories and that was how we improved. I was definitely an over-achiever back then when it came to school. Reading was so interesting to me. ... ... middle of paper ... ... greatest moment of achievement so far in life is graduating high school. There were days in high school that I didn’t know what my future held because I found many obstacles and didn’t know how I was going to overcome them.
During my first semester at college I have had the privileged to be your student. I learned quite a lot about writing and I hope to fully explain that in this letter. The portfolio that I put together really showcases who my writing skills have improved. It shows the subjects that I struggled with and worked on until I understood what I was doing wrong. The first time I did the grammar exercises I felt dumbfounded by how I had spent four years taking high school english but could barely complete the exercises.