For freshmen English, you were either assigned to the hell-hole that is Ms. Veigel 's room 111 or you were lucky and you were across the hall in la la land with Mr. Maybon. Knowing my luck, I ended up with Ms. Veigel. I felt like I was the one drafted to go to war while my friends stayed stateside with Mr. Maybon. Ms. Veigel had a reputation of being one of the strictest teachers at my school. If the projector was aimed at the perfect angle, you could almost see devil horns protruding from her curly red hair. I was ecstatic when I heard her state “You’ll be writing poems as your first assignment” I could not believe the first grade going into the Gradebook would be one of the simplest English assignments you can receive. I waited until the final due date and started slamming my keyboard to cr...
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...out. Sometimes you try your best and your best is not good enough. I am not going to be judged on my non-emotional poetry and receive a substandard grade for the amount of work I put it. I didn’t do a single Accelerated or AP English class the rest of high school. Why would I work hard for a B when I can receive an A in regular English. The rest of high school my writing stayed at exactly the same level where it was during the 9th grade.
I now loathe writing with a burning passion. Everyone has had despicable teachers, but few people have had teachers that end up demolishing your desire to improve in a subject. Now I’m in college and my writing is still rough like cracked asphalt. I may not want to improve, but college expects a certain standard. I need to reach that standard so I will begin my journey to improve once again. Hopefully this time with better results.
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