It was a beautiful evening in April, and the weather was finally starting to get warm again. After a tough and bitter winter, little buds were appearing on flowers and trees, and some color was returning to the world. Above, the sun was setting creating various shades of red, pink, and orange across the blue sky. Among an audience, darkness encompassed the room creating an anxious silence. Only after a few seconds the stars came out. The stage lights came on nearly blinding the audience, and the actress said her first line.
My name is Samantha Norton and I'm an Adjunct professor with the Theatre & Dance Department. I teach acting 110. I am very interested in teaching my students how to write specifically for the theater. Your August workshop would be a great place for me to start. Please let me know if
I have truly enjoyed writing for most of my life and after this class I will continue to enjoy writing hopefully with more skill. I have always viewed myself as a fairly strong writer and this class has reaffirmed that for me, but it has also shown weaknesses in my writing. As an introduction level class this has been one of my favorites; at some point I will take a higher level, even though it is not required for my major. Even though this class is almost over I am continuing to learn. I also love that this class will help me with literally ever other class in my college career. I am not a particularly strong reader, but as my writing skills improve so do the reading skills. While in this class I have learned a lot about everything from what I can improve, to subjects that interest me, and constructing a successful paper.
What have you learned in the class so far? In this class, I have learned many new skills to improve my writing, and I have also learned new grammar rules. In regards to my writing, I have learned the importance of freewriting when beginning to write a paper. Additionally, I now know to allow ample time for revising and editing because I can look at my work critically for mistakes and make necessary changes. Furthermore, I have learned about grammar rules such as pronoun-antecedent agreement. This rule is something that I know subconsciously, but being made aware of it has allowed me to find mistakes I make more often.
I believe I have grown a lot since the beginning of this course. My writing was severely lacking grammar and punctuation. I didn’t use any punctuation other than periods and very few commas spersed throughout my papers. My papers still need help in that area, but I have improved. I now know where they need to go and when it’s appropriate to use them. My papers aren’t exactly flawless but they are better than before. I would write how I speak at times and I knew it wasn’t right, but I would still do it because it allowed my papers to flow better in my mind. I read my papers out loud to help avoid my problem with writing how I speak. I’ve learned my writing style in this course, or lack thereof. I found a program that would benefit me now and
While not a hugely transformative venture, I have found this semester to be a good vehicle for making my writing more accurate to its intended purpose. Prior to taking this class I did have some experience in professional writing for a few of the jobs I've had in the past, but this class organized those thoughts, gave them name, and pointed out where and how to pursue them. Its been an enlightening experience and provided me with tools I hope to use the rest of my life.
Title I have never thought that I would be put into a situation where I would have to be the mediator for my family. I have never in my life liked conflict, yet here I am putting myself in the middle so that the people I hold dear to me will not end up getting hurt. Never have I thought that I would be the one to get hurt.
Part One I am very interested in taking College Prep. English instead of English 11 for my second semester. I feel by taking College Prep. English it will benefit me most during college, I want to have the ability to handle what college has to give me and by taking this class I feel I will be prepared. Not only will it benefit me in college it will help me improve my own writing skills.In this class, I am willing to work hard and become a better writer. My goals to become a better writer is to enhance my vocabulary and express myself more in my writing and I know this class will help me achieve my goals.
I am a very introverted person, I don’t like being in front of crowds or talking to new people. As a child I was the complete opposite, I was extroverted and loved being the center of attention. Unfortunately this only lasted until I was about seven years old. After that
I have always been passionate about writing. From a young age, I would wake up on Saturdays and run straight to the computer to pour all of my thoughts into whatever story I would imagine that week. It brought me great delight and pleasure to express my thoughts in a way over which I had free reign, creating beings and worlds without limit or restraint of reality. I see writing as my best and most natural form of communication.
“Tayler Wiederhold please make your way to the stage”, someone said. I felt like I would soon explode from embarrassment. I got up quickly, and briskly walked up to the stage. I stated and said my name just as I had practiced a million times in my head. It was extremely challenging, especially because someone was actually judging you and it wasn’t just in my head.
As I looked into the audience, anxiety filled my body. I am a very quiet person who never does anything exciting. Anxiety is one problem in my life that I battle everyday. Last year, I decided to take a huge step out of my comfort zone: I auditioned for
I love acting; everything I do is full of emotion. Interpreting someone else's work and then putting your own emotion and feelings into it, is one of the greatest things to do of all time. I love acting with all my heart and soul, I will always love acting and the emotion and the thought and care it involves.
I have chosen to be an actress because I absolutely love performing. Since day one I have always focused on the stage and how I can better myself. I first started out at the age of five with the Sound of Music. I played the youngest daughter, Gretel. Once that play was over I couldn't get enough. I was begging my grandma to put me into more. The next summer I ended up being in another performance at my local theater. My sister and I would do the shows together up until she got into high school. I went to go see every performance my sister was in. After watching her in the show Rent I was sold. I wanted to be her and perform onstage. I sadly still had four years to go. It was at this point I fell in love with theater. It broke my heart to go
Throughout my entire childhood and even part of my adulthood, I have been a performer. I sung in choirs, performed in theater ensembles, and even sung solos. Because I have had so much experience on the stage, most people wouldn’t suspect that I am terrible at speaking in front of people to the point of nearly throwing up. I’ve never had that problem with singing or with speaking other people’s words like I do in theater, but I always have this problem when it comes to voicing my own ideas in front of an audience. Deep down, I know I’m not an unintelligent person, but I fear that if I say the wrong thing, other people will think I’m not smart enough to listen to. Calming my nerves for this speech was especially difficult this time around because