Throughout the semester there were many challenges and obstacles that were to be faced. It was a difficult path and most definitely not the easiest to overcome. This being my first year in college was a bit overwhelming, but the outcome I have been rewarded with was tremendous. In English 22, I have overcame numerous problems that has help me mold myself into the learner I am now. Throughout this past semester in English 22, I have discovered that I am a certain kind of learner and has grown beyond measures.
Aside from all the work that was done in English 100, English 22 has helped me improve in my writing skills. There were different essays that tested our strengths and weaknesses in each type of writing. From narratives to research papers, we were given them all and were put to the test on how well we could execute. Before I came into this class, I had a difficult time expressing my thoughts onto paper, but I have improved on that and can now express what I need to say into words and onto paper. I can also get my ideas across in a smoother way and not jumble up my ideas and put every detail into my essay. After all the lectures and lessons about grammar and mechanics, I have also improved on how to fix those simple mistakes to make my essays sound a lot smoother. Improving as a writer has also lead me to achieve some of the goals I made in the beginning of the semester.
First off, the challenges that I faced throughout the semester really did add up and put me in an overwhelming state. In the beginning of the semester, I was able to set some goals for myself that I believe I achieved by the end of this class. My number one goal for this class was to maintain an A and always put my best work into my essays. Although I did not always put my best foot forward, I was still able to maintain that A in English 22. Another goal that I wanted to achieve was always getting my work turned in on time. This goal was not quite fulfilled as much as I wanted it to be, but for the most part, all my work was turned in. My last goal that I made not only for this class but for the whole semester was to stay open minded and always try new things. I believe I most definitely achieved this goal as much as I could.
Although I achieved some of the goals I had started out with, I had to go through challenges that put me in tough situations. The number one task that was difficult for me to do was balance all the work given to me at one time in numerous classes. In order to address these challenges, I had to take step back and realize that not all of them were due at the same time and that I just had to finish them one step at a time. But even though these challenges were all thrown at the same time, it helped me grow as a person and become more responsible and independent. I learned that writing really can help define who you are and change the way you think about yourself. Before I took this class I thought I hated writing and never wanted to write, but after this class, I realized that writing is not so bad and it helped mold me into a more mature person.
Lastly, writing taught me how I am as a writer. According to the surveys that were given to us, I am more of a millennial student. I am very team oriented and I am very impatient. I also can multi-task but I was not really sheltered from my parents. For example, in class when we would do presentations in English 22, I would always be the first one to go because I am impatient and am a team player. Throughout the class, I also discovered that I am a feeler. I prefer to respond to feeling and personal experiences. I also love to motivate other people and be in small social groups and sharing experiences with others. For example, when we would we in groups for projects or activities, I would be comfortable talking to everyone because I rather connect with others face to face. Lastly, the type of learning style I prefer is visual and kinesthetic. I like to see images and pictures to help me understand what I need to know, but I also try to just jump right into it and figure it out as I go along. For example, in English 22 when we would practice for our vocabulary test, we would draw out images that would help us remember.
This course has tremendously helped me improve on skill that I never thought I would improve on. Looking back at this semester and reflecting upon all the work I have done, really shows that staying motivated and positive will help push toward the end. Although this semester was only a short period of time, I would say I grew not only as a person but as a learner and writer as well.