English is a core concept in the Untied States and other countries that has allowed inviduals to advance their knowledge. Not only does English provide an advancement in knowlege, but has created a way for individuals to share their thoughts and feelings through writing. Which is why English is one of the four subjects that is required to be taught in almost every school district in America including mine. I began taking English from a young age which allowed me to take advanced placement English IV my senior year at Tupelo High School. Advanced Placement English IV allowed me to further my education in writing, which in return allowed me to overcome obstacles, low points and discover strengths I never knew I had. Like any other thing in life there are always obstacles individuals face everyday, for me in my English IV class writing was something that was very challenging. The first challenge writing presented to me was trying to organize all of my thoughts, so that it made sense. The first essay I ever wrote in my English class was a journal entry about a memorable experience, so with that being said I decided I would write about the experience I had while hunting with my Dad. The hunting experience with my dad had many different parts, and one of my biggest challenges I had was organizing my thoughts, so that it flowed correctly. Since I was telling a story within my journal I realized that I was jumping around more then I should have and this became a problem. I learned
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My relationship with writing is hard, my writing doesn’t always flow well. My writing also doesn’t always come easily to me. More often than not, I have to sit and think for long periods of time, for to come up with ideas on how to start my essays. When I start with paper and pen my hand will start aching, and that makes it difficult to concentrate on what I am trying to express through my writing as it takes my mind off what I am currently thinking of writing down. Writing is the course I have always struggled with the most throughout high school, and through my first year of college.
As a writer, I find myself getting lost. Typically, when I go to start writing I hit a brick wall. It’s as if all my thoughts suddenly escape my mind and I draw a blank. It takes me forever to conjure up some form of a thesis and then takes even longer to figure out what I should write to support it in a way that makes sense. Then, attempting to find a way to organize my ideas and put them together in cohesive paragraphs seems like an impossible task in the moment. It is not uncommon for me to get flustered and just throw something down on the paper because I get anxious seeing how much work is left to do. If I end up going back to read it over prior to submission,
For example, I learned not to use general words such as “things.” Another struggle I had was producing good transitions. I did not notice how important a good transition sentence was until I started taking a college English course. Before last year, all of my English courses barely focused on writing, much less using transitions while writing. One more major obstacle I faced was making the word count in each of my papers. I often threw in sentences in paragraphs that should not have gone there just to make the paper have enough words. Making my writing better is one of the biggest accomplishments I have had throughout high
I have never been the type of student who enjoyed reading or writing. I have always found it difficult to express myself by writing narratives, book reports, and any other required assignment. I am far more skilled at speaking or verbal expression in general as I have found over the years that people tend to misunderstand my point if it is written.
Writing is always a struggle. You have to analyze texts, search for sources, write multiple rough drafts, check for spelling and grammar issues, cite your sources, and support your statements with facts. The list goes even longer, but this is just enough to make anybody stressed. Everyone can relate to the struggles of writing, and personally, I have fallen victim to many of these struggles. However, even though writing is very difficult, you can gain experience on how to write successfully.
Writing is something everyone has to learn in life. People brainstorm when they sit down to write. Letters, essays, and research papers are different forms of writing. Writing can entertain, inform, or persuade an audience. Everybody follows a different process when writing. In this course, I hope to improve my thinking and writing skills.
My academic writing experiences have consisted mainly of writing various types of papers and assignments for college courses. They included completing literature reviews, writing research papers, writing response papers, and keeping journals. The biggest writing challenges I have faced are both initiating and organizing the writing assignment. Initiating the writing assignment has been a challenge, because I often feel I don't know where or how to begin. I over-analyze the assignment to the point where I often second guess myself on what I want to say in my writing assignment. When it comes to organizing the assignment, I have a hard time deciding what and where to put certain elements of what I need to write. I have worked very hard to overcome these challenges. The best thing I have done with my challenge of initiating the writing assignments is to just start writing even if I don't know what I want to say. I have found that once I commit to writing 'something' my mind begins to clear and focus on the task at hand. I can then start to formulate what I need to write. My other challenge of organization has also been difficult. However, I have found that creating an outline of what I want to say has helped me a great deal. Once I have an outline in place it allows me to keep my writing on track so I don't stray off topic.
I must disagree with a person who says this. English builds a foundation for every class you ever need to take. Say you get into University for a program such as Architecture, many people would think they wouldn’t use the skills they learned in English in a program like this. This is where those people are wrong. Architecture, like every other program in University, uses textbooks. Without the vocabulary you learned in English, you wouldn’t be able to comprehend what this University textbook said. There’s also many essays and assignments that require you to use extensive language and proper grammar in order for you to receive a high grade.
As time went on, I had more and more teachers that tried helping me with my writing, but nothing was working. All the different methods that I was taught, never helped. It was not until I entered my junior and senior year of high school where I found two teachers that taught me how to make my essay structure better,
My experience with formal essay writing goes back as fifth grade for a D.A.R.E contest. This experience was one that I never forgot as it was my first experience with anxiety over writing. I sat in my room with the paper and pencil for hours and kept writing down all my thoughts. That process seemed to be easy to me as I had a lot of thoughts about the D.A.R.E program but when it came to putting those thoughts together it became a struggle to me. I finally finished but never felt satisfied with my work and the thought of someone reading my work made me extremely anxious. The feelings of anxiety that I had in fifth grade are feelings that I still have, even as I write this essay now. Arranging my thoughts together into a formal essay has
“Text” is an interesting lens to look at writing through. There are literally brand-new spaces for writing being created by new technology and innovations still to be made in existing spaces.
Writing never really was my strong suit. I enjoyed doing math and science but when it came to writing, I wasn’t a fan of it. I would finish papers just to turn them in and get a grade. Once I got the grade back, I would just stash the paper away and not look at it anymore because I didn’t feel confident in them. There was only a few that made me feel amazing when I finished them.
My last English experience was high school English II, last year as a sophomore. English has never interested me as a student due to the lack of excitement in my previous classes. I have always excelled in my previous English classes but never enjoyed the class itself. Every English experience, including mine, comes with difficulties which consists of how an individual will overcome these difficulties, and the low and high points of that course.
Ever since kindergarten or even preschool, our school systems has always required English as a subject. Although there are many other subjects such as history, math, or even PE, I do not remember taking each of them every year in school. For example, in freshman year, history was not required and science was not major in fifth and sixth grade at my school. As a result of taking English every single year from preschool all the way to tenth grade, not only have I figured out that it is pretty important, but I also have an idea of how I am as an English student.
On a cool summer night in Boston there I was, a kid who should have been outside kicking a soccer ball around and enjoying summer vacation, stuck at the kitchen table trying to fill a journal page. At the time, I could not think of anything I hated more than writing. On numerous occasions throughout that vacation, my mom told me I had to sit down and write one page in the notebook on any topic I wanted. This task bothered me so much that I finally told her I would become a scientist so I would never have to write again and could do fun experiments instead. Reading was not my favorite activity either. Unless you found me a page-turning action book with no lapses in excitement, I was almost guaranteed to hate the book. On one memorable occasion, I found a book series about pirates that had everything I wanted in a good book. Yet on the third book in the series, I ran into several chapters with little else besides characters talking on a ship. I became so uninterested at this point that I put down that book for good. For me, reading and writing was boring, and lacked the excitement that could be found in other activities such as playing sports or video games. Even when compared to other school subjects, reading and writing were always number two, below the sciences and math.