Coming into this class back in August I was definintley nervous about what it would entail. I have felt I have always been a relatively strong writer, but I felt like college was going to be a different animal when it came to writing papers. Sitting in class that first day was a different feeling than I had experienced. Seeing that there weren’t a ton of kids in our class, I felt that the sitaution could be good for me. Then, when I heard Professor Melanie tell us that we would only be in class one day a week so we would be keeping this blog, my attitude changed. I did not like the idea of keeping a blog and having my classmates reading what I would be writing on a weekly basis. But as the semester has come to an end, I have realized it was this blog and this class that helped me step out of my writing shell.
Of the five essays we wrote I had the most fun writing the literacy autobiography. I really enjoyed being able to reflect on my time as a sports writer for my high school newspaper, and I felt I was really writing to my strenghts with that paper. I have found that my best writing comes when I am really familiar with my topic and it is something I have experienced or I am really passionate about. Likewise I struggled a little bit with the research essay because I had to really focus and take in a lot of new information in a short time frame. I am at my best when I can just write without having to stop and integrate information or add a quote. Research essays are something I will need to continue working on. Even though my grade didn’t necessarily show that I struggled, I felt that essay in particular gave me the most trouble.
If you would have asked me back in August if I would enjoy Writing 110, I probably would have told you no. But being able to write on a weekly basis helped me develop as a writer and learn what my strengths and weaknesses are, and I was able to discover that my writing skills could be skills that I utilize in the future.