May 7, 2015
What a Semester
Liking to write and being able to effectively write are two totally different things. Writing is something that has always been an issue in my life. I have always had issues with writing due to things like MLA format and citation, where to put or not to put that comma, and the stringent criteria that goes along with writing. I do enjoy writing as long as it is not academically structured. If I have to write about an event in my life or tell a story I get interested but once the guidelines change so does my attitude toward the assignment. As for my strengths in writing, if given a generalized assignment, I can put words to paper with little to no effort. The ideas seem to flow from my head like water from a faucet. Now, my weaknesses are of a different caliber. My weaknesses are pretty much etched in the back of my mind. I had this one teacher in high school and no matter how much I revised, edited, or rewrote, the assignment was just not up to her standard. I began to feel almost ridiculed by her unflattering comments. So, after dealing with her for an entire year I began to feel inadequate. Thus my passion for writing extinguished like an out of control fire. Being in class with Professor Shelton has helped to alter my perception of writing. With her funny sense of humor and her “tell it like it is” attitude she makes me want to do better. I have heard her tell many of my peers that the only person stopping you from doing well is you. Throughout this semester I have turned in assignments late for one reason or another and have suffered for it. I could have done a lot better had I not let work and family priorities get in the way of my study and writing time. One of my favorite assignments for this semester was the personal narrative essay. This assignment was one of great ease to me. I sat down and immediately came up with an idea centered on a memory or experience....
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