What I 've Learned About The English Language And Writing As Well As Myself

1447 Words May 29th, 2016 6 Pages
Over the course of this year, I’ve learned a lot about the english language and writing as well as myself. I’ve found that, though I’m fairly fair minded and autonomous, I often have trouble persevering when things get hard or my ideas aren’t understood. Much like how they affect the three miles in a 5k cross country race, these intellectual virtues and weaknesses dictated how I performed in AP Comp this year.
Mile one of a race is usually an adrenaline filled blur, where you try to keep your balance amongst a sea of running girls while grabbing a favorable spot on the course without sacrificing your energy for the last two miles. So, you need to be fair minded. You must be aware of your surroundings and pace, and understand that the way you feel in the first 200m of a race isn’t the way you’ll feel two miles in. Similar to pacing yourself in a race, I paced myself in AP Comp. I was aware that what I thought wasn’t always correct, and prided myself in being able to understand other’s ideas and interpretations of texts or discussion questions. I was never one to dominate a socratic seminar discussion, nor withdraw, because when the gun goes off, you can’t start out at a jog. My purposeful lack of bias allowed for me to have “a consciousness of the need to treat all viewpoints alike, without reference to [my] own feelings”. (VIV) This virtue helped me throughout the entire year, especially in the race socratic seminar in the first semester. While this unit taught me a lot and…

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