Over the past semester, I have realized many problems I have when it comes to composition. My main problem I have found to be time management. I have not had much help from outside sources to build better time management, but my professor has been an outstanding help. I have always looked at myself as an “okay” writer, but never as a great writer. I will say, my ability for writing has grown exponentially since I started English Comp 1 last semester. My main wish for taking these courses (aside from being required) is to become a well balanced writer. I want to become a teacher, so I need to have a better writing skill than I had originally possessed.
I started out this semester fresh from English comp 1, and I knew I still had a long way to go to be able to effectively put out sufficient writings. During this semester I have learned a lot about how to be persuasive, but also about general grammar mechanics. I know I personally have a terrible habit of comma splices, but I have been given the knowledge of how to fix that as well as how to spot them. My biggest problem however, was time management. I have done more harm to myself this semester with time management than at any other point in my life. It caused me to be late on nearly everything I have turned in, and it has drastically reduced my grade Quite literally in this case to the point of no return.
When I fist came to English comp 2, I was curious to see how it was different from comp 1. I had made it through comp 1 progressively making higher grades than the one before. my first paper being a D, my last paper was an A. I ended the semester with around a C overall. That in and of itself was a self-esteem booster. Overall, I have learned a lot in these courses, and I am extremely glad I had to take them. I feel now that I possess a writing style that would be sufficient for what I plan to do in life, but I know I can still further improve.
I intend to continue my education in writing, but I need to also work on my ability to keep up with everything. I have had so many instances this semester where I have woken up and looked online and saw I had a paper due. I am never that bad at keeping up with things. My lateness even shocked me through the semester. I want to get better at keeping track of everything that is going on, and I know I need to work on that if I am to succeed in college as well as life.
Through this semester, on the papers that I have done, (lateness not included…) I have tried to produce a well thought out and planned argument or essay. I havent tried to just throw a bunch of information together and feed it to the class, however I would be wrong to say that I had put my all into everything I have produced. If that was the case, I would not have been late on everything, and I would not be worried about passing the class. I am proud of the things that I have written, and I do believe I have put sufficient time and energy into my writings, however I am not proud of what I have ended up doing this semester. I know I could have succeeded with an A or B, however I slacked off and decided to do my own thing and not pay much attention.
All in all, I am glad I was given the opportunity to learn and progress my knowledge of writing, and I genuinely enjoyed this class. I have learned a lot, and I have gained a lot of wisdom on ways NOT to pass a class. I am very thankful that my professor has been there and helped me through my hard times, as well as when I was lazy or computationally illiterate. I am happy that I made it through the semester, and I will gladly continue my education.