With the first quarter of the school year coming to a close, I realize just how much I love this class and will miss it when the other three quarters have transpired. I can honestly say that it saddens me to think of it all coming to an end; thankfully, I still have plenty of time to enjoy it. My assignments have taught me a lot about myself and my abilities as a writer. My classmates have taught me that variety is a good thing, as I learn to appreciate each person’s perspective and style of writing. Through the beginning of this semester and an English class with her last year, Ms. Gaines has taught me more than proper punctuation and the elimination of BE verbs (neither of which I have fully mastered); she has also been a mentor, a friend, and the personification of patience. As an occasionally rambunctious student myself, I can certainly attest to the last one.
I find it hard to say whether I have any clear favorites or least favorites of my assignments so far; for the most part they have all been enjoyable yet challenging in their own way. However, J7- To Love or Not to Love, an exploration of a chosen Bible verse, proved incredibly difficult for me personally to write. I chose the Galatians passage due to some things in my life that it spoke to, but I found myself in over my head with trying to express my feelings. Not being an emotionally open person by nature, I struggled to write the words that needed to come, and I think I may have broken a sweat. I still feel that I did not adequately express my thoughts and experiences connected to those verses.
One of the easiest and most fun assignments to write was this week’s creative assignment, the free-write. CW8- A World Awaits: Part 1 came easily because I always have a few random story ideas floating around in my head, and that particular one had been with me for a while (still is, since that was only Part 1). I found great joy in finally having the motivation to put the wild story to paper.
What has the first quarter produced for me? Nothing horrible, but nothing worth noting, either. But hopefully, as the year progresses, I’ll become a decent enough writer through old and new inspirations, observance of critique, and a good attitude. And perhaps some unexpected randomness, too. Speaking of which, I’m suddenly in the mood for M&M’s…