My first semester of college is coming to an end and as a result, so is my composition class. While the time seemed to fly by, a lot was accomplished in this class. To really get the most out of the class, it 's important to look back to see what I did and did not learn. Looking back, the class was broken into 4 assignments, each carrying their own lessons.
The class began with the most fun assignment, "This I believe." This assignment was different from the rest because it was a personal narrative. I enjoyed this because it was the only assignment where the ideas were all totally my own. In other words, I didn 't have to borrow ideas from anyone else, and as a result, I had a lot more room to be creative. Overall, I performed decently on this assignment. On the upside, I feel that I made the story entertaining and had a lot of good content. Also, I did a good job of connecting the whole story to my belief which was the goal of the assignment. On the other hand, my essay lacked a smooth flow that really could 've made it great. I attribute this to poor transitions throughout the story. Additionally, there were some parts of the story that were underdeveloped. If I were to rewrite this now, I would elaborate a lot more and really focus on smooth transitions.
In the next assignment I analyzed the political rhetoric of the presidential candidates. This assignment was the one I performed the best on throughout the year. I performed so well on it because my strongest area in writing is critical thinking and analysis. I feel I was able to look deeply into why the candidates were doing what they were doing. Even though I felt confident with this paper, it still has some flaws. For instance, I still struggled with being specific and a...
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... front of the class. On the other hand, I think my Powerpoint was a bit lacking. I tried my best to follow the guidelines we set in class, but I felt mine still wasn 't aesthetically pleasing.
Overall, I 'm happy with what I did in the class. It was a goal of mine not to miss a single class, and I achieved this. The biggest thing I got out of this class were the prewriting techniques we used. I 've always had a horrible time starting my papers, but it is starting to get a lot easier. My favorite assignments were the first and fourth. I enjoyed the first because it was creative and the fourth because we actually had a purpose to our writing. I now know that I really have to pay attention to being specific in all of my future writing. To improve this, I plan on taking more writing-related courses, such as philosophy and really paying attention to this issue as I write.
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