Graduation Speech : My High School Experience Essay

781 Words Sep 6th, 2016 4 Pages
I’d like to begin this reflective essay by airing out that I’ve never had the same affinity for reading and writing that I do for the sciences. Early in my education I struggled with them. However, during my high school experience I believe I’ve developed the requisite talents needed to be – at least somewhat – proficient in the aforementioned areas. With regards to reading, my largest problems have come from my tendency to lose focus, and most of my writing issues were caused by not knowing really what it means to write well. Over the course of the last four years I’ve been able to find adequate solutions to these problems and reach a level of success in the English classroom that seemed so far out of reach to my fourteen-year-old self.
I don’t have ADD or ADHD or any clinical disorder that would cause distraction I just find that frequently when I read, my mind tends to wander and I am forced to reread whatever page or chapter I just finished because I’m unable to recall it. There are exceptions to this; certain books reel me in and I have no issues with focusing. What I’ve learned though is that some very important novels, which I’ve actually enjoyed, are not always the most action packed, fast paced stories in the world. The Catcher in the Rye comes to mind as a book that falls into this category. I really did enjoy the story and enjoy reading it, when I could focus, but focusing required some legitimate effort. In order to increase my capacity to do so, I’ve…

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