My Reflective Essay In Higher Education

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Going in to GSW 1100, I was unsure of my writing ability. My high school did not focus on writing as much as they did other aspects of English. After my first essay was returned, I had a better idea as to what my strengths and weaknesses were at the college level. I found myself exceling in some aspects of writing, but found myself struggling in others. As Dr. Burroughs would say, “No one is a perfect writer, there is always room for improvement.” I’ve encountered numerous obstacles during this course. As I encountered these obstacles, I found myself learning from them. Realizing my weaknesses gave me a sense of confidence that my portfolio is passing at the higher education level. I have learned how to analyze a potential source, learned different …show more content…
Our essays focused on themes of stories or were autobiographies. If we had to incorporate sources into our essays, our sources were given to us. I encountered many obstacles as I was learning how to incorporate sources into my essays. Throughout the course I found myself making simple errors introducing sources. Which would result in an incomplete sentence. In addition, I found myself struggling picking the strongest source to use for my essays. Throughout the drafting process, I realized analyzing a potential source can become time consuming. Picking sources involves time and research. On occasions, I could find myself adding a variety of different articles into my folder on EBSCO. However, I needed to go through them and identify which source is the strongest before introducing the source into my essay. In essay two I incorporated a source into my essay, “Youth on YouTube as Smart Swarms.” The source was strong, however how I introduced the source resulted in an incomplete sentence. After revising essay number 3, I fulling understood the importance of introducing a source. The reader has not read the article; so introducing sources correctly is important. I revised my essay and learned how to introduce strong sources correctly. For example, I

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