Reflective Essay: Overcoming My Mistakes In My Writing

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Over the course of this semester, there have been numerous opportunities for me to grow as a student and as a writer. Before, I had this belief that I was a “pretty good” writer. That was before I signed up for an English course, which is taught by a professor who has a sharp eye for detail and hails from an old-school way of doing things. I quickly realized that I had an over-inflated view of my writing abilities. While I still feel capable of stringing together a sentence or two, I was completely unprepared for the number of mistakes I was making in my writing. However, as the class progressed I was taught new skills to help overcome the many errors my first assignments were riddled with.
I re-read the papers I had completed throughout the
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