Posted on May 7, 2019
I have learned a tremendous amount about writing from taking Writing 102 this semester. I learned that academic writing can be very fun and entertaining and not something to be alarmed about. I used to dread writing papers in school because I was always assigned to write about a certain topic that I had no interest in. However, this course allowed me to explore and discuss topics that I am interested in discussing which made the essays enjoyable to write. Moreover, I have learned to correctly cite my sources and to always introduce my sources before discussing them, so my reader does not get lost trying to comprehend my evidence. In addition, I learned about I-search essays which were completely foreign to me before this course. I didn’t know such essays existed, but it turned out to be one of my favorite essays to write.
One of the most important things I have learned since the beginning is that it’s okay to have a shitty draft. I was always so meticulous about my drafts, calculating every spelling and grammar mistake that I would lose my focus from the actual paper. I have learned since to be more lenient and relax about my first draft when writing essays or papers. In addition, I learned the importance of editing and revision especially with the help of other people. I have to be welcoming of praise and criticism as well as being respectful of other’s opinions. I like to think that I have become a better writer because I concentrate more on just writing and getting my thoughts down instead of focusing on every little detail in the beginning. All in all, I really enjoyed this course and have picked up a lot of writing skills that will definitely be useful for me in the future.