Coming into English 101 freshman year was something that I was very much afraid of. In high school English class never served as my strong point and I found myself constantly frustrated and confused as to why I never got the grade I felt I deserved. I would write essays to get it over with, using other people’s thoughts and ideas to support my seemingly less important thoughts and ideas about the subject. I never felt truly connected with any piece that I was asked to write and it showed, so coming into college being forced to do it all over again was definitely something I feared and something I wanted to get over with, but now I find myself kind of enjoying writing. I enjoy the process of coming up with my own. With this class, I have learned to enjoy writing again. I have made it a point to communicate my own thoughts and feelings opposed to simply summarizing the thoughts of famous writers and authors before me. This class has built up my confidence in my own writing and for that I am highly appreciative.
Not only have I learned to enjoy my own writing again, but I have grown as a writer in many ways. One of the main issues I needed to tackle in college was to stop being repetitive; I needed to learn to narrow down my thoughts and ideas. This is something that now I can do. I am able to sit down and revise my thesis and my ideas with structured outlines. Before this course I wrote very structured outlines with the standardized three body paragraphs with two to three supporting quotes in each one and a basic summary of each quote. The only part of the paragraph that would be mine would be the topic sentence, everything else was evidence I found from other authors. This year, I have learned to use my own voice to communicate my ideas. I have learned to utilize outside sources in a way where they simply keep the flow of my paper, and are not the main focus. I have also stopped “jumping around” throughout my papers. I now stick with one...
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