My personal challenges as a writer is I tend to give up on my current assignment when Im stuck on a particular part. For example I had trouble finding enough sources for my genre. This also aligns with my other issue. I don’t know how to research that well I’ve had diffuclty finding enough articles and evidence for my genre. I would like to continue to grow as a writer by trying to get rid of the habit of giving up when I am stuck on a particular part of any assignment. I would also like to become a better researcher. Becoming a better researcher can improve my writing significantly. This will allow me to organize my ideas more as I have evidence to back up anything I have to say. Another Skill I would like to improve on as a writer is better organization of my ideas and my evidence. I noticed my evidence and ideas are all over the place and usually don’t transition into one another making it difficult for the reader to understand what it is I am trying to say. What I learned about myself when attempting this assignment is I need a lot of work on my skills as a writer. I’ve noticed when the assignments are lengthy and require a lot of research I tend to give up when I am stuck on any part of the assignment. I can enact these changes by pratacing on my writing and research skills on my free time. I can free write on my own time so I can have a better understanding on how to organize my ideas and make them transition into one another. However despite having all these challenges as a writer I believe I have some strength’s as a writer. For example despite having trouble organizing and structuring my work I have really good ideas and points in my work. Another Strength I have as a writer is word choice. Personally I believe my diction helps me the most as a writer as it determines the type of tone or mood I am setting for the reader. This also can help me convey thoughts clearer. As a writer I think what i have to work on the most is how to transition my ideas and make it organized. I need to make it easier for my readers to understand the point I am trying to make. I can do this by better use of transition words, also writing a rough draft to any assignment to see if what I am thinking and writing makes any sense. Also as I write I have to think about my audience as I write. I have to write and also think about my audiences perspective at the same time. If I can work on these things I can improve on my skills as a writer. Also if I use ethos logos and pathos more in my work it can help organize my ideas and thoughts better.
Being forced into having a tutor and being forced in a English as a second language class shaped my experiences with reading and writing throughout my life. This gave me my laid back lazy personality I have today. Being forced into doing something i don’t want to do or don’t need, made me hate reading books or doing work that I am not interested in. This made me hate school do to the fact that i knew i was going to be forced to do things I did not want to do. This isn’t the case all the time because there are some things that I in fact due find interesting about reading and writing or school in general but for the most part my past experiences overall made me dislike reading and writing. Despite disliking reading and writing, I find it to be essential and it is something you must learn to do. Without those skills there is no way you can make it far in life. By saying this i do believe however the American education system can be changed in a way. For example the American education system should give the students and the teachers the option to learn and teach anything they find to be interesting. Schools and teachers shouldn’t have to follow a certain curriculum to teach students. Teachers should be allowed to teach what they find interesting to intrigue the students and catch their attention. I vividly remember my ESL class however I do remember that I found it boring, This made me realize in order to enjoy reading or writing, you have to write about something you enjoy, something you find intriguing. My experience has also made me understand the purpose of reading and writing. The reason i was in esl in the first place was because my parents thought I was mute not because I couldn’t understand the language, in my head I was saying to myself, “ Why am I in this class when i understand the english language well?” however that is the point, It is to get you to understand anything it is you need help on. For example, what do you do when you have an upcoming quiz or exam? You study, studying is a form of reading and writing notes, This help you gets a better understanding of the material you must learn. It is essential in everyday life to know how to read and write. In a way im glad I got to experience that esl class because it made me realize just how important it is to be able to read and write. My personal experience also helped me to realize if you don’t open your mind to different things out of your comfort zone, there is no way you will be able to learn. For example, you won’t find a lot of things being taught to you interesting, Like me i hate learning about history and I find most of it to be boring but it is important to open your mind and see it from a different point of view to try to understand it better. If you look at everything with tunnel vision there is no way you’ll be able to learn anything.
When I was fairly young, around 2-3 years old my parents thought I was mute and couldn’t comprehend anything that was being said to me because I barely spoke. Due to this my parents and my teachers decided to put me in a english as a second language class while I was in school, and they also decided to get me a tutor at home. However I understood everything that was being said to me and I knew how to talk, I’ve rarely ever spoke back to my parents and teachers for the simple fact that I was just shy. Eventually they realized I never needed an ESL class because Ive always found it easy and any work that was given to me I would understand it with complete comprehension and never needed anything explained to me. My tutor also realized this. My parents asked me why I rarely spoke to them and I simply told them it was because I was shy and I really did not like to speak. I was always a quiet kid and till this day I still am. I talk to my parents and everyone around me like any normal person would but sometimes I can be really quiet when Im in a bad mood or when Im around people I don’t really know and whom Im not comfortable around. I never had a problem with reading or writing but being forced into doing work that I understood and didn’t need any clarification made me not enjoy reading or writing. Till this day I don’t really enjoy reading as I tend to lose focus easily and get uninterested and I procrastinate on every single writing or reading assignment .
I found Sandra’s story to be an interesting one because she’s the only daughter of 6 siblings and essentially she’s been outcasted by her own brothers and even father due to being a girl, due to that reason she’s developed her writing skills. Sandra’s States. ” But that aloneness, that loneliness, was good for a would-be writer it allowed me time to think and think”. I found this intriguing because that same experience can be heart breaking to certain people however Sandra took that opportunity to develop and hone her writing skills to the point where’s she’s a famous author. Its really interesting how some people handle certain situations differently and I believe if she didn’t handle it the way she did she wouldn’t be In the same position she’s in today.