Writing A Personal Essay Writing

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Personal Essay: Writing a personal essay is, well… personal. The first of the major assignments for my English 121 class was a personal essay. Having been out of school for many years, this first attempt at college level writing has been somewhat intimidating. Verbally sharing my thoughts has never been a problem however, employing the written word has always been more challenging. Reflecting on the experience of revising the rough draft of the personal essay reveals growth in a basics understanding of essay format, more defined critical thinking, and focused exploration of self. The prompt given to the class was to write about trust in the educational experience, 2-3 pages, MLA format. I didn’t even know what MLA format was! Fortunately, I am well acquainted with how to use Google and the information on writing formats is readily available on the internet. This formal introduction to the academic requirement of how words should be arranged on the page firmly established that format is king and is vital for success in academic writing. Critical thinking is a part of daily life for most people. The process of observing, accessing, and forming judgments that direct our decisions happens on an ongoing basis. As a middle aged wife, mother, employee, church leader, and caregiver for my elderly mother, my life experience supplies ample opportunity to think critically. Applying critical thought to English 121 is about the only thing that has been relatively easy about this class. Self exploration is also something that every human being experiences. Each situation we encounter gives us a set of parameters for self discovery. The classroom environment, in particular writing a personal essay, is a unique opportunity for self awareness with the specific criteria of a prompt. Knowing how much to share and when to share it is what makes the effort fruitful or not. In conclusion, writing and revising the major personal essay taught me that when sharing individual knowledge and thoughts that are guided by academic critical thinking, in the context of proper format, is an effective foundation for success in academic writing.
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