A Personal Reflective Letter From B Awesome to His Instructor

B Awesome By B Awesome, 30th May 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3njx461f/
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This is a personal letter to my English 105 instructor at the end of the semester.

A Personal Reflective Letter From B Awesome to His Instructor

Finally, the end has come. It could not have come at a better time. From the first day of class, I was more than excited to begin my journey through the English 105 course. I knew there was going to be a lot of writing, and I was very confident in my abilities. Over the course of the semester, I was exposed to various types of writing assignments. The first was a persuasive essay, the second was an informational essay, and the final essay was for our group projects. I write for me, and these assignments allowed me to do just that. Overall, my quality has improved since the first day.


Of the three, the final project was my favorite assignment because it is on a topic I feel strongly about. However, I feel that my information paper was the best because of how it helped me polish some of my writing skills. I was forced to bring together several different points of view without showing any bias to any one in particular. I feel I did a swell job. It was also the most fun because I really did learn a lot that I previously did not know. So overall, it was a great learning experience. I do remember at the beginning of the semester I had a lot of journal entries to write online. Those were great because I was able to answer the questions with intelligence and humor, which is a big part of who I am.


The first essay I wrote about the two-party system in American politics. I was able to show both sides of the argument without being biased to either side up until the end. This paper was significant to me because I live in the world with my eyes open. I try to keep up with what is going on around the world, and I have long known that our political system is broken and corrupt. I used this assignment as an opportunity to get my views and ideas out. And it was kind of like practice for any future papers I might write about the subject.


The second essay was a synthesis paper where I had to take several different sources and bring them together in such a way to shed new light on a current problem. I chose to do this paper on the different religions of the world and what was similar and different among them. Again, this paper was significant to me because a lot of problems in the world are a result of conflicting religious beliefs. Not so much the fact that they differ in beliefs, but more about the fact that ignorance of other religions can breed hate and intolerance. I needed to express and alternate point of view that goes beyond simply denouncing religion or being blindly accepting of any religion particular, or just accepting them all. It is such a difficult subject to write about objectively without offending anyone.


The final group project was the most time consuming. I chose to do education because our education system is broken and failing. I needed to expose people to the problems and offer solutions. We have a moral responsibility to provide every child with the highest quality education possible, and unfortunately, most children get a low quality education. I learned a lot more about what is going on, and I was able to integrate it with what I already knew to come up with potential solutions. This assignment also helped me with an assignment for another class. Killed two birds with one stone.


My only real goal of the semester was to make it through and get my credit. I was not concerned with what my grade might be because I was already confident in my abilities. I only hoped to get a chance to share my knowledge and build upon what I already knew. I was looking for a way to express myself in a more academic setting to give myself some credibility for future endeavors (I just noticed that the exact phrase “future endeavors” was used in the original prompt, but I am leaving it in here because it is normal for me to use this type of language). I am confident that I am going to get my credit. I am not going to lie, I did have a slight interest in my grade. Getting an A or a B after taking a 5-year hiatus would do wonders for my self-confidence, and my ego.


Have I learned anything? Sure, I have learned lots. I have learned a lot of new information from all of the research I have done throughout the semester. I was able to do a heavy amount of reading which is great because I love to read. As far as writing is concerned, I will admit that I did learn some new techniques, or styles. I have always just written to write, a continuous flowing of my thoughts transcribed on paper. Through peer readings and the revision process, I have learned to re-arrange my thoughts and group them together with similar thoughts. The revision process is something that can literally go on forever because there are always improvements to be made. While working on the group project, I had to revise my first draft and remove most of the pathos. I understand the reasons for this, and I did my best to do so. It can just be difficult to curb my tongue when I feel strongly about something.


I have been able to expand my thinking. And I don’t mean I can think about bigger things, I mean that I can fit more thoughts in my conscious awareness than previously. All of the reading and research using many, and sometimes conflicting, resources has caused my brain to develop the ability to focus deeper and for longer periods of time. Once I get in the zone, I can just flow seamlessly from one topic to another. This cover letter is a prime example of what I am able to do in such a short amount of time. Once I have the general idea of what is expected, I expect more from myself so I am able to more easily accomplish the targeted objective. This is the best time for me to be completely focused on myself because after all, this is MY cover letter. With every new word I type on the screen, I am one word closer to being done!


Before I get to the final paragraph summing up this past semester, I would like to take a moment to comment on my experience in the classroom itself. I was really hoping for a larger number of people, because I was looking to also network with others and make new friends. But at the same time, I am happy there were only a few students because it allowed all of us to get more personal instruction. It was easier to manage, and it was good too because the instructor would be less bogged down by reading papers. Eight people is a lot easier than 25 to 30! I just felt like the class was more personalized. Which is a good thing.


Now is the time to bring everything to a close. Overall I had a great experience this semester. I have realized one important thing: if I am going to write professionally, it will not be in the field of information or research. It will be on the creative side. I love writing, but I do not enjoy writing about what I am told to write about. I do have a positive outlook on the future and where my writing may get me. I do not think I will ever have problems writing, other than writer’s block, but even then I know of some things to help get my creative juices flowing. I will not complain about the assignments this semester, because I did find them fun and engaging. I also learned a lot about things and about my own writing. There are still some things I should work on, like not over-using pathos when making an argument. I may not ever fully understand how much I have learned until the time comes when I need to use something I specifically remember learning in this class. Every class was a positive experience. I would recommend this course to friends, but not in conjunction with other writing-intensive courses. One writing class at a time. Thank you.

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30th May 2011 (#)

i'm sure the proff appreciated this

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