Paul Garro

Section 6



Looking back at the last eight weeks, I know that taking this class in my first semester is going to benefit me in more ways than I know at this point. This class has greatly helped me to hone my skills as a writer, a thinker, and a communicator.

I will admit that when I first signed up for this class I was extremely apprehensive. In high school I never really considered myself to be a good writer. It wasn’t that I couldn’t do the work, I just didn’t like it. I am not quite sure why I didn’t like it, it just seemed that I was always struggling with my writing. To be honest, I don’t think I ever got higher than a B in any English class all through high school. When this class started, however, I found something I liked. I was finding new ways of thinking and expressing myself.

With each story that I wrote I felt I became a better writer. I started to pay better attention to details. Not only the details of the grammar aspect of what I was writing, but how I related to the people that were reading what I had wrote. I picked subjects that meant something to me. Even though the topics of most of the stories were generalized, I personalized each project for me. My favorite essay was about my Uncle Les, he is one of the best influences that I have had in my life and also one of my best friends.

I also found through doing the peer reviews, how to communicate more effectively. I learned a good lesson early on when I made an assertion without the supporting facts. I realized the error in doing that and how unfair it was. I then took the steps to remedy the situation and made sure not to make the same mistake again. Through clear communication I feel I have helped my classmates and myself to become better writers.

I would like to say that I am going to miss this class, but i won’t have that chance. When this class is done I start Composition II in the same room, with the same teacher, and the same book. Fortunately, I will have a better skill set with which to approach that class. More importantly, I will have a broader way of thinking and communicating, through writing, and that will help me for years to come.