Posted on May 7, 2019
At the beginning of the semester, academic writing was just something that I did pretty well the first time. I never put in much effort, but I usually got an A so I didn’t care. Once I finished my first draft, the essay was done and then I handed it in. Now I realize how much your writing can really change between drafts and how it can become so much better. I also now understand how rhetoric can change based on the type of story that the writer wants to tell. Before, I mainly wrote only research papers and persuasive arguments that were all strictly facts. I had never written a big paper about anything from my childhood or my journey during the research process like we did this semester. My tone naturally changed throughout these essays based on what I wanted to say and how I wanted to say it. It was kind of refreshing in a way. Honestly, a lot of my understanding of research has stayed the same, since my high school was really intense on research papers. But, one thing that I didn’t realize until now is how different papers on the same topic can go completely different ways depending on what people find and how they find it. That is what the I-Search showed me. A research argument is important of course, but the way that the author finds their evidence is also important to their overall point and credibility. For my entire life, I never thought of myself as a writer. I always just thought that I was someone who wrote for academic purposes and that was it. Now, I can actually picture myself writing in my spare time. I never really liked to write because I felt as though I had nothing to say. Now, I feel like I found the voice inside of me to convey the feelings and thoughts I have about the world around us.