College Comp and Research Portfolio
When I first heard about the Self-Reflective Letter I was apprehensive. I did not know how I could possibly sum up my entire College English experience. Although, once I began writing, the process went smoothly. I was able to recount many lessons I had learned throughout the semester.
My essay explained all the knowledge I gained from College English. From learning not to use "you" in the Narrative Essay, to discovering the importance research from databases in the Argumentative Essay, I have learned a new lesson through every essay we did.
The first essay we wrote in College English was the Pre-Write/Post-Write Essay. I thought that my first essay was spectacular. Perfect, by all means. I had a creative theme and a cohesive idea. Nevertheless, when the time came to revise my writing, I had to make a lot of changes. First, I had to fix several comma splices. Then, I had to change over 30 "you"s into sentences with proper subjects. After all my changes, I am very proud of my finished product with its creative theme and cohesive idea.
In "Defining my Life," I chose to write about my educational journey and how it shaped me into the person I am today. I picked the key definitions of learn, share, change, responsibility, and remember to be the backbone of my essay. Each of these words became a valuable lesson throughout my schooling that later defined my life.
The very first essay our class did for a grade was the Narration Essay. I did not get the grade I was expecting to get, and that scenario was definitely one I do not plan to experience again. However, due to the Narration Essay, I was able to see my errors in writing and improve upon them. Even though I got one bad grade, I was able to get numerous good grades afterwards, because I knew what I needed to fix.
In "Not Everyone Will Always Give the Same Answer," I wrote about the time my family was almost denied the right to go on a cruise. This trip was very important to my family because it was going to be the last time my grandparents would be able to visit from China as well as a long overdue reunion with my aunt from California. I learned from that experience that no matter how much planning I were to do, someone with little authority could easily shut me down.
At first, the idea of writing an Editorial Essay seemed very difficult. The thought of having to choose the perfect topic to write about was so stressful that I procrastinated far longer than I should have. However, once I chose my topic, writing the essay was not as strenuous as it had seemed earlier on. In the end, I was proud of my ability to write such an opinionated paper.
In my essay "It's Not All Sparkle and Shine," I discussed the dilemma caused by paparazzi regarding celebrities' privacy. My opinion on the problem was that Paparazzi should stop clinging to celebrities because they write false articles that damage the celebrity's name, cause self-esteem issues inside the celebrity, and interfere with the celebrity's attempt at an ordinary life.
I knew going into the Summary/Response essay that I wanted to write about Summary #2. Having my topic already decided took a lot of the stress out of the pre-writing process. In the end, this essay was enjoyable to write.
In "Portfolios on the Rise," I elaborated on Brenda Iasevoli's article discussing the high school portfolio systems. My opinion was that although Iasevoli accurately explained how the portfolio system would help students retain knowledge and feel accomplished; however, she mistakenly tells readers that portfolios should be a large portion of students' grades.
Using Cole and Elizabeth Donelson's interview, I was able to get many detailed quotes. Because they had their own website, I decided to use that resource as well. With all my resources, "What It Takes to Make a Dream Become Reality" was my favorite essay.
This essay analyzed the pros and cons of social media and claimed that, overall, social media had more beneficial pros than cons. Many parties consider social media as an idle activity that leads to inefficiency. Nevertheless, social media has proven to increase productivity rates by providing students easy access to information, businesses a place to promote their products, and politicians ways to be involve their constituents.