There is a lot in the world to understand but most importantly yourself. It is hard, especially as a child. Although this may be true, one thing I knew for sure is that I’d deal with anxiety for the rest of my life. Did I know what it was? No. Was there something wrong with me? Perhaps. Did I know how to cope with it? Yes. Writing. 

Despite dealing with this minor issue, my eyes opened when I first began to connect music with writing. My emotions and thoughts confided in my writing alongside the beauty of harmonies and melodies. Little did I know my ability to write the music first started with my education.

It was my first day of kindergarten where I remember waiting out in the yard with my other classmates. All I could feel were my hands shaking and my guts twisting. My thinking process at the time was, “Oh! I am just nervous”, as any kid at the age of 5 would presume. I was oblivious to the idea it would ever impact me yet terrified it’ll happen again. Moving to 4th grade, it was the same issue. I felt the tension in my throat as I gave presentations and saw nothing but eyes as I was the center of attention. I distinctly remember my teacher giving us the assignment to write a fiction story challenging our imagination. I ended up writing a 12-page paper about a British woman named Raquel in the early 1920s. I chose her name representing my aunt and British, showing my obsession with a boyband. Nevertheless, my years in pre-school were miserable and painful. Clueless about what I was feeling and obligated to endure it. The one thing I can take away from it was that 12-page paper that initially started my love for writing. 

  It was in middle school where I effectively learned how to write. It started with the structure of an essay and ended with formulating a thesis statement. My teacher in 8th grade was very harsh and critiqued all things. She made sure we had strong hooks and evidence. She also made sure our analysis was clear yet thoughtful. There was this one time I wrote an argumentative essay for her class and got an 80. I was surprised to see such a low score when I thought it was perfect. I proofread more than three times and didn’t see any other outcome than the one published. I read her feedback and noticed that my explanation wasn’t as direct as I thought it was. She clearly stated my analysis was top-notch but, at times, can be repetitive. At that moment, I acknowledged the flaws in my work.

It was kindergarten where my diagnosis appeared. It was the 4th grade where I recognized my creativity. It was middle school and the 8th grade where I became aware of the weakness in my writing. It was music that allowed me to express myself through poetry. It was my ability to apply my struggle, creativity, perfectionism, and passion to the writer I am today.




side note: I read too much into the final assignment of unit 1 that made me write this draft as if it was the final essay trying to compose the objectives in the writing. If it seems unfinished it’s because it is. I wanted to create an ending to show an understanding of where my writing is approaching rather than another paragraph. As I mentioned, I’m a perfectionist. 

1 Comment

  1. Sarah Schmerler

    It is I who feel that my assignment is backwards. In striving to make this assignment “do-able” and less daunting for the class, I neglected my Main Directive which is: always write more than you need. Then, edit.
    So, no worries.
    : )
    Will you share some of this with class soon?

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