The Importance Of College Education

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In the past semester, I have grown as a writer holistically. Before I began my first-year English composition course, I wrote the DSP (Directed Self-Placement) test.The prompt was whether or not college is worth the investment for the current generation. When I read the instructions that the essay wouldn’t be graded, I knew I could write anything just for the sake of finishing the assignment. When I reread my DSP essay I realized the lack of effort I put into the writing. The syntax of the essay feels off, because of the constant tense changes. My stance on the topic, arguing whether or not a college education is a necessity, is ambivalent. I essentially wrote college is a good thing but it might not work out sometimes. I took the easy way …show more content…
My main confusion with the difficulty paper was developing a central question. On the cover memo of my difficulty paper I wrote, “I understood what was required for the central question, but I still did not know how to create it... I found it even more difficult with my research.” Instead of visiting Professor Fama during office hours to ask for help on the process, I procrastinated leaving my writing to suffer. I was incredibly confused about the assignment and how to approach it, but I did not reach out for enough help. I met with a CARP (campus academic resource program) tutor to help me with my paper, but a one-hour tutoring session was not enough to help me address the prompt completely. I wrote two paragraphs about my gel pens and highlighters because I was desperate to reach the required page count. The sources I cited for my difficulty paper, were also inadequate. I attempted to argue in favor of student academic choice and used an example I heard from word of mouth. The example I wanted to use was not the problem, but the source I chose was insufficient and lacked …show more content…
During high school, I did not know that academic writing could stray from the Schaffer method. Now that I have read and analyzed several essays regarding the five paragraph essay, I can consciously say that I’ve grown as a writer for no longer using that format. John Warner claims,“...opening them up to the world of ‘choice’ that confronts them when tackling ‘writing related problems’ that they face in college and beyond,” (1) is not achievable through the five paragraph essay. Warner argues that other forms of writing can guide students to effectively communicate their thoughts and choices. I see myself becoming more of an expert writer as I begin to adapt their qualities as described by Nancy Sommers. Expert writers value writing several drafts, developing their ideas, their audience, sentence structure, and accept that their writing is ever changing. Writing is not a linear process of pre-reading, writing, and revision. But rather writing as an expert is a constant loop of revision, writing, and preparing. I have begun to adapt this philosophy, not only in my English course but in all my

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