In my time before college I wasn’t very satisfied with my performance in writing. I always knew that I was a creative writer but I also knew my efforts wouldn’t be enough for college papers. Knowing that this class is very focused on writing I had a feeling that it would be a great start to my college career. Throughout this class I have learned some important tips and tricks to writing that I didn’t have beforehand. We also were able to receive valuable feedback from the professor and out peers that I will discuss in this essay. I believe that in this semester I’ve improved but not enough to be an effective college writer.
I have heard from some cousins that college papers are on difficult topics and have a very high standard. It was kind of intimidating knowing that I would be coming to Washington College were the emphasis is writing. Essays in high school were very straight forward and didn’t require much work. They were about easy topics that weren’t very hard to research. I thought that in college I was going to be on my own writing essays feeling helpless and unsure constantly. Now in college I know that everything is going to be complicated conceptually and are actually going to require a good amount of time to get done. But at the same time there are great load of different ways to get assistance writing my essays. I received a lot of help from the professor as well as many peers through our peer review system. I like the fact that there is a writing center to give us assistance whenever we need it like if we need help starting an essay or we just need our work proofread. The differences between what I imagined college writing would be like and what it’s really have been relieving to me.
My first impression at the very beginning of this class weren’t very great as I imagined that everyone in the class were already experienced expert writers and I wasn’t going to fit in to a school like that. I didn’t understand the significance of the books or the readings we were assigned to read. They didn’t seem to connect to the writing theme of this class. Turns out I was wrong with most of that because the books did have a connection to help us advance in our writing and not many people in the class were experienced expert writers and many were actually just like me to my surprise. Again I am very grateful for the practice we were able to get in this class because although this semester wasn’t very heavy at all on the writing assignments, I know for a fact that next semester is going to be full of it.
The part of the class that helped me develop the most were obviously the writing projects. They helped me practice getting through difficult subjects and topics by digging deep then pushing through. I also learned very early on that procrastinating is not a very wise thing to do in college. Its and awful idea because due dates fly by and work piles up very quickly. In the three projects we did I learned to write way more efficiently to get the most out of my time. I learned that paragraph organization is very important to the structure of an essay and it is something I am more cautious of now than ever. Even though I did get all the essays done and received a respectable grade I still struggled mightily with all of them. I often found myself trying to pull things out of nothing and struggling heavily on starting the essays. I guess that’s just something that will just come to me the more that I work on it.
I’m sure that once I move on from these classes and then come into future classes I will have greatly benefited from the strategies I picked up in this class. With just having math and science classes this semester I haven’t had to do any writing at all between them. I know for a fact that just about every other class in this college are going to require a great deal of writing essays. Every little bit of practice I can get will be very useful in the long run and will help me as I move on to other classes. I think being a creative writer also takes a lot of passion for writing which is something I have been lacking. Although now I do see everything differently and I can see that writing is a great way to express yourself now that I’ve done it more.
I can say now with certainty that I am lightyears ahead of where I was 5 years ago as a freshman in high school. Most of that leap has definitely happened this year with all the practice that we have been doing. I have found the blog posts to actually be more helpful than anything else because we regularly had to have something to write about and had to get over those same struggles that I have talked about. I believe that most of my shortcomings still lie in my overall organization and structure. I feel like I don’t know how to write a more formal paper as most of the essays I have written have been in the same style that this one is in. I know that this class might end up being the most useful throughout my entire college career because most people say that you never use most of what you learn in college. The possibility of taking another creative writing course is for sure more intriguing now than ever but we’ll just have to see how it fits in with the rest of my schedule. So this is surely not the end of my writing days but for now I’m just ready to move on to my next semester.