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English 1101
Growing Up
Georgia State University was my destination the fall of 2005. I was a starting freshman for the class of 2009. Everything seemed to be going perfect because I had graduated high school with a high grade point average. I thought I was the ready for every class especially English 1101 because I felt that my former high school teachers had taught me everything I need for college, little did I know that I had no clue how to write like a good writer. I lacked the grammar skills I need in order to present the message I need to convey to my audience in my essays, I did not know how to have sentence variety, and last but not least I thought it was not an important thing to back up my statements with real examples. My first writing assignment grade proves that I had a lot to learn my freshman semester at Georgia State University.

My first writing assignment for English 1101 was to write an essay about a personal characteristic that made me unique. It sounded like an easy assignment so I foolishly procrastinate to begin writing my assignment but a day or a couple of hours before the assignment was due I could not think of a quality that was genuine for me. With the help of in class writing assignments, I decide to write about how my Hispanic heritage had embraced my persona. Once I got my grade back from the teacher, I was devastated and thought I should drop out of college and work at Burger King for the rest of my life. I had received an eighty-two, in my eyes it was a very low grade. First of all, I had chosen a topic that was way too broad for the assignment, I had used most of my verbs in state form instead of as in an active style, and most importantly, I had not backed up my statements with specific examples to help my audience engage themselves in my story. At this point I realized I had a lot of learning left to due. In my essay first essay, I said that, “…moralized characteristics are additions to the distinctiveness that my...
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