Posted on May 6, 2019
Right after I submitted my researched argument something hit me. I wrote three essays. I did it, it was finally over. When I was making my schedule last semester, I dreaded having to take WRT 102 because I didn’t like writing. I also heard that there were many 1000+ word essays that were due one after the other. But it’s over. In such a short amount of time, I learned so much about writing. The literacy narrative taught me that using “I” in an essay wasn’t prohibited. I learned how the effective use of first person can help a reader connect with the audience. The I-Search essay helped me learn how to research in an academic environment. I was able to use Stony Brook’s library databases in order to get peer reviewed sources in my essay. The Research Argument allowed me to build on my persuasion skills and argue my thoughts on paper. This also lead to me doing more research in the library database. Which helped me practice finding good sources.
But I think the most important thing I learned from the entire class is how to go about the writing process. Starting with a less than stellar draft then going through peer reviews and conferences and revising along the way was very helpful. The check-ins that were done from time to time helped with the pacing of the class. Overall this class helped build my confidence in writing. I’ll be sure to use these tips I received from this class to help me in future endeavors when it comes to long academic papers.