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Kaylee Miller Professor Jan Rieman English 1102 March 2, 2011

Welcome to College Before I came to college I was constantly warned about the numerous papers I would be required to write and the challenging expectations associated with them. In high school we were encouraged to write academically and intellectually in order to prepare for the high class college level writing. I expected that my professors assumed I could write to their standards and was nervous that I would not be able to succeed. English 1102 also known as College Writing has calmed my fears by teaching me how to improve my writing and will hopefully lead me to be able to write more intellectually. We have already worked on so much throughout the first part of the semester and I believe that in College Writing I will improve on my main goals of using commas properly, writing more efficiently and well focused, and to write intellectually. One of the greatest sources in class to help improve my writing is in my peer group. I have found a great connection among the other members in my peer group. Along with pointing out errors in comma usage they are also helpful in giving advice about when I should elaborate on something or remove a piece in my writing. Already I feel that my writing has improved with their help, particularly when it comes to comma usage. In class I have also tried to recognize the way other writer’s use commas in their text and mimic them in my own writing. It is still an

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issue for me, but I hope by practicing writing and by receiving advice from my peers and Professor Rieman I will improve. Along with working on my basic writing skills I hope to continue to improve on focusing on my writing and writing more efficiently. The course goals include learning to use reading and writing to make meaning and to make thoughtful writing decisions. I believe that in order to complete these goals I have to work more to adjust my writing habits. In class we have written and discussed our writing processes, as well as read articles about how to improve them. This process is about when, where, what, and how we like to write. In one of my early daybook entries I wrote about how I wanted to make better use of my time and try to use areas, such as the library, in order to better focus on my work. I have made a schedule with myself on times to work on papers and work in the library and I also try to write my papers before the rest of my family gets home. While I have definitely put my personal suggestions to use in order to make it easier for me to write I would love to learn about more ways I can improve. Sometimes I feel that even when I do manage to focus my writing leers off the prompt and my train of thought can make what I am writing a bit confusing. I hope that during the second half of the semester I can be inspired with new ways to stay focused and write more efficiently. On top of using commas better and writing more focused and efficiently, I want to write intellectually. In class we have read so many articles that are written with such skill and intellect. Sometimes these articles are even so strongly written that I cannot understand all the points that the writer is trying to make. To go along with this my desire to write intellectually is also inspired by the members of my peer group who write, what I believe to be, very strong papers. The main goal of College Writing is to learn how to be academic writers and to understand what it means to be an academic writer. We have studied many academic writers and their explanations of what it means to be an academic writer. In my eyes, my writing skills are

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far off from that of those we have read and I am nervous that I am not prepared to write papers for English 1102, as well as the classes that will require them in the future. I want to improve the way I phrase my points and choose words that are of higher quality. Currently I feel that I have learned a lot about writing in English 1102. While I hold my writing to a higher standard in the class I have noticed that my papers in my other classes have improved. By taking the class I feel that I am better prepared to face the tough papers required in college and I cannot wait to see how much the class helps me by the end of the semester.

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