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Looking Back Essay

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The act of writing an essay has always been something of a love/hate relationship for me. Like many students, I find the process to be either pure enjoyment or incredibly painful depending on my view of the topic. It’s something that I think all of us come to terms with at some point. Throughout this course I have come to realize that a lot of the pain associated with writing can be relieved through an understanding of the skills and methods needed. The process of my growth in this class can be seen throughout my essays. It’s almost hard to believe the journey I’ve been on from my first essay in this class to my last. The feeling I get when I look over my writing assignments is the same as I ...view middle of the document...

By the second essay I was starting to apply some of what I had learned. Infusing style into an essay has always been something of a problem for me. I hadn’t made the connection with academic writing and style before this class. I had always managed to play it safe with my essays while failing to understand that this ideal was a crutch. Looking back on the second essay I can see that has started to make changes away from essays that I have done in previous years. It’s got more personality to it than my first paper, and I feel like I started to connect with my audience better. One of the strongest points was my ability to integrate quotes into the paper. I think the use of reading responses helped me to understand how to interpret someone else’s opinions and apply their voice to support my paper. Essays that I had done in the past always transitioned into a quotation in an awkward and unsubtle way.
Despite the progress that I had made from the second paper; I really felt like the third essay was probably the lowest point in my writing during this semester. I had a lot of really good ideas in this paper but I wasn’t pushing any of the boundaries of my abilities. Most of the techniques that I had used for the second one were the same that I was using in this one. I didn’t feel too comfortable trying to add my own sense of style and voice to the paper to a bigger degree than in the second. I’m not sure if this was just because I didn’t connect to the topic or what, but this paper came across sounding too similar to the second one. I really feel as though I didn’t make much progress from the second to the third essay. Upon finishing this essay and realizing that I hadn’t hit the mark. I decided to really step outside of my comfort zone for the fourth essay.
The fourth writing assignment was without a doubt the largest area of growth for me in the class. It saw the culmination of a lot of techniques that I had learned throughout the semester. I truly felt that this essay more than any other was infused with my own personal voice and style. It was the first time that I had really understood how I should target and connect with the audience. Even while I was writing it I could sense a deeper connection to the essay than those done previously. I think it was partly due to the fact that I really enjoyed the topic. My own journey throughout education was perfectly suited for this style of essay. It’s kind of funny too because this was the essay I thought that I was going to have the most difficulty with. Compared to the others it was a lot longer and initially the topic seemed daunting.
I also think the fourth essay was when I fully understood the limitations of a five paragraph essay. Starting from the first essay to the third, I had slowly started to inch out of using that...

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