At the beginning of the semester, I was very nervous. I’ve always been told that my writing was never good enough when it came to college level writing. Having a professor such as Dr. Lucas who is always editing her work and spoke proper, I was feeling very intimidated. Little did I know that she would help my writing through multiple exercises such as the workshop essays, monthly letters, and conveying to us how we needed to step away from the screen to correct our work.
The workshop essays was an exercise to edit our writing and have a peer-review assignment. This lasted the whole semester and the narrative had to be about something we either enjoyed and our outlook on the subject. Hannah Saunders was the discussion leader for my workshop was to fix grammatical errors, and not to posed questions and give the answers to the readers. This helped me figure out what I needed improve on in my writing. Many of the comments I hadn’t even learned from my high school teachers that other students were saying that they learned in high about their writing in general this was
The monthly letters were also another way to allow my writing to student and a full-time employee I’ve learned time isn’t always on my side, but taking time to slow down and a handwritten letter, thank-you note or parcel to someone they know, via the good old-fashioned snail mail (Connrick). This is shocking to understand because mail used to be the communication of the world for the longest time throughout history and now every message is now processed through their phone. Another lesson that Dr. Lucas taught me in English 131 and how I can improve my writing is stepping away from the computer screen. Stepping away from the computer screen allows for students to see their mistakes. students to figure out the mistakes.
My time in English 131 has taught me some important lessons. These lessons include what I needed to do to improve my writing, how to write letters and use old-fashioned “snail mail”, and how to step away from the screen when writing. English 131 has been a challenging yet rewarding class to have taken here at Lenoir-Rhyne University and the lessons I have learned will impact my future classes in someway and on to my adult life.
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