As stated above, this section of the book specially emphasizes change of focus of your compositions when you start college writing. In high school your writing assignments are mainly executed using your personal opinions and your own self encounters. On the contrary, college writing is much more factual and involves critical thinking. Instead of your writing being inspired by your emotional thoughts on a subject, your words now need to be backed up by scholarly sources that can prove your information. This, however, does not mean that you will never write about yourself or your personal opinions, it just means that you need to provide proof for your beliefs. College writing also introduces you to different genres such as essays,
Everyone on the planet has a goal set in life, but only a handful attempt to improve to obtain their goal by studying the subject their goal is in. In my English class, English 101 this quarter I was astonished by how much I had progressed as a writer sharpening my writing skills and also learned a lot about writing that I hadn’t learned before. In my writing portfolio for this quarter I had to write an autobiography essay, a research essay, and this reflection essay to develop my writing skills better. The writing assignments were fun to do because it challenged me to work on essays of different styles that were new to me. The essay assignments helped me grow as a better writer that gave me the self-confidence and skills to take on the world on my own.
In the 2011 article “Helping Students Meet the Challenges of Academic Writing”, educators Linda Fernsten and Mary Reda offer innovative self-reflective writing exercises that post-secondary instructors can employ to help students improve writer self-image and academic writing. The authors’ rationale for reflective and practical writing strategies were developed from direct classroom experience, and are based on four (4) assumptions. Their claim that self-reflective writing can aid student writers in overcoming conflict (due to dominant culture, upbringing, former writing experiences, gender, and other marginalizing factors) to improve writer self-identity is plausible. However, their argument that cross-curriculum academic writing can be improved through self-directed, self-reflective writing requires further investigation.
“The Novice as Expert: Writing the Freshman Year” reflected my writing experience while I transitioned from elementary writer to a critical writer. Sommers and Saltz write, “freshmen need to see themselves as novice in a world that demands ‘something more and deeper’ from their writing than high school” (Sommers and Saltz 134). This line highlights the hardship that most students face when trying to write successfully. My earlier written works were much weaker than my current pieces because I often wrote for the sake of passing the class. While developing my writing, I focused on the new ideas that were introduced rather than limiting my argument to familiar techniques and ideas. Because of my new attitude towards writing, I began to demand
When presented with the question, “who are you as a writer?”, I was speechless at first. But after thinking about it, I realized who I am as a writer has been influenced by so many different sponsors throughout my life and there was not a short, concrete answer. Brandt mentions that “literacy is sponsored by people, institutions, and circumstances that both make it possible for a person to become literate and shape the way the person actually acquires literacy.” (Brandt 43) My attitude towards writing has been influenced by teachers, both negatively and positively, by my mother, and by academic assignments over the years. My answer to the question can only be answered by a narrative of my writing life. I have convinced myself that I am a terrible writer, and when presented with a writing assignment, I get anxious instantly. I see writing as a burden and a huge obstacle that gets placed in my life. Academic writing is not fun, but something I value due to the fact that we are a grade driven society. When writing, I write to the guidelines in order to receive points for the requested criteria. The reason being, I gave up on expressing my own ideas because I had been shut down by so many teachers throughout my education. I tried to write down what came to my mind and put my own twist on things, but that was not the “right” way to write papers. In order to make both my teachers and my grades happy, I wrote what they wanted to hear, and even then I was not to the level they
So, when I ask myself what kind of writer I am, the only answer I come up with is “not a very good one.” As far as me being able to write a college essay, I am fairly certain I am not at the same level as my fellow classmates. That being said, I hope that by the end of this term I don’t feel so intimidated by writing assignments. If there’s one thing I can say about myself as a writer,
Throughout the course of freshmen year I have developed different skills and opinions on writing. I feel I have created a more mature style of writing and a better understanding of literature. I have changed my view of writing over this semester and acquired a strong liking for it. The importance of writing has become more visible throughout the past few months. Writing is crucial in many aspects of a person’s life. I have grown to be a more powerful and well built writer throughout this course.
We all want the safely for others like how polices man are supposed to protect people, but what happens when that peace is broken between cops and citizens. Like one family walking down the street and one day stopped by police and forced to stay on the and if you run they they will use police brutality on you. Well here is a story about something like that there was a boy and his brother going to a soccer event in france, as they were walking they were stopped by france's police because his brother Bagui was wanted for extortion case. When both of them ran both of them were being hunted but the police but they found adama first and three officers beat adama to death literally to death after the officer stopped they checked his pulse to see if he was still breathing and he was not but at the end of the day his brother was found
This year in Honors Freshman Literature and Composition, I have grown tremendously as a writer. My essays from the beginning of the year to the end have showed that I have greatly progressed in many skills that I have worked on. While I have acquired strengths this year, I also have weaknesses that I hope to improve next year in my writing.
Working a full-time job, raising children, and attending college are not an easy task as many people could think. Parents always have difficulties in managing and prioritizing their time. I had to sacrifice my social life as well as my family this semester because I needed to focus on my English 1100 class. MacCaughey, who is my English 1100 instructor, has helped me grow as a writer because of the way he taught us on how to be a good writer. My confidence as a writer had always been low and I never had a clear direction in writing. Through this class, I was able to learn how to develop my ideas into writing process. Ascending the banisters of my writing process, I greatly learned about the narrative style of writing, the formal way to critical analyze a text, and write a response about it. I also learned how to write a persuasive text in a conveying manner and answering a question with the help of a secondary source more of
Hello, my name is Yolanda Page. I graduated from high school in 1998. When I was a teenager I use to love to write in my journal, but, that ended over 20 years ago. Over the last 18 years, I have been a full-time stay at home mother of 8 amazing children. I love to take care of my family, which is a full-time job in its self that never ends. In 2012, I began attending Bethel University. I have encountered countless amounts of issues writing academically throughout my college career thus far. Maybe, I lack the understanding and confidence that it takes to be a good writer. Hopefully that will change someday.
At the beginning of any university semester, a student can feel overwhelmed, defeated and possibly self-doubt over the unknown requirements they may face. As the semester progressed, students may become more confident and less overwhelmed, as the tasks seem less daunting with each lesson. While writing our way through Sheryl I. Fontaine and Cherryl Smith’s textbook “Writing Your Way Through College” each reflection assigned to be written, students may have seen their confidence in their writing grow. As each reflection was based on experience, personal opinions and known knowledge of the subjects discussed.
In the past I feel I could have done much better: do more homework, train for soccer more, and be more selfmotivated. I was unfocused and I should have had better disciplined myself. There was so many things I could have done better even some small, little things. Those mistakes that I made that are regrettable, I like to learn from them so I can try not to make those again. Recently I have been getting better making less mistakes but they are worst mistakes though. Like not doing any and all of my homework. I used to be a high honor roll student last year and the year before. I thinks it's the motivation. We all have a moment that life really gets to you. You question everything and every once in a while you should question everything because
A college is a place where we go to a party, learn and of course get away from our parents, I’m here for that reason and more. Becoming independent is something I feel I should focus on because I can’t rely on my mom all of my life especially since I'm an adult now. Being independent means that I can make decisions for myself like picking my own classes, become a different person from how I was in high school, and try to join different organizations. Me doing these things should increase my chances of being independent and learn how to make it on my own.