Credit Plus Reflection

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Being a high school student can be stressful when accounting for the workload, extra curricular activities, a job, friends, and family. Adding a College Credit Plus program into my rigorous schedule was alarming. I had to learn how to juggle the several activities I was currently involved in, and now writing papers at college level on top of everything else. Ending my junior year I was faced with the decision to take English 12 or my current College Credit Plus writing class. After going back and forth conflicting with myself, I finally came to the conclusion I wanted to push myself to exceed my own expectations and make my parents proud of how far I have truly come throughout my high school career. In the beginning of the semester, my classmates …show more content…
My grades were slipping faster than ever and I found myself sitting at a D average and panicking thinking I would not be able to get an A. As this semester has quickly gone by, looking back on the first assignment given to me compared to the essays after, I see how much I have truly improved. Although, entering into a college course as a high school senior may have seemed terrifying and as if my weaknesses would keep me from exceeding my expectations, I have excelled more than I thought was possible through hard work, dedication, and the help from my …show more content…
After I got the advice from a peer to “completely follow the MLA format,” I took the chance to fix my mistakes in the next essay I was assigned - the compare and contrast essay (Anonymous). I was starting to get back into the flow of writing papers and felt more confident about being in this course. I took the advice and changed my header to Times New Roman and size twelve font. I also, changed it into proper MLA format by stating my name, course, assignment name, and date. Next, I took time to really work on a well written thesis statement that would call to action and focus on one main topic of my essay. I wrote, “Dave Barry and Suzanne Britt compared two completely different worlds, but managed to bring them together by using ethos and logos to teach their readers a lesson while revealing direct and humorous tones to portray two opposite sides of these humans” (Reading Response Essay). My thesis statement strongly improved in length, giving more detail to my reader as to what I would be talking about further along in my paper. I then went on to tackle my transition words and sentences. I continued to use “however” within my paragraphs, but with the help of Purdue Owl I had several examples of words or phrases to use in several types of situations, such as “comparing,” “to prove,” “to show exception,” and many others (Purdue Owl). For example,

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