First of all, I would like to begin with a few thank-you’s.
Ms. Magnuson, thank you for teaching me and the rest of our class with passion, care and patience. You are a stellar teacher. You truly about learning and you love us so deeply. Thank you for the challenges of this class. That poetry project was quite a struggle for many of us, but I’ve improved and learned a lot through that project. I appreciate how you value our voices and opinions. That means a lot. I love you.
AP Lang class, We did it! We took the class and the exam. But seriously thank you for having my back when I was falling apart. Thank you for editing my papers with honesty and a fraction of grace. Thank you providing me with a safe space to make mistakes.
I’m glad I took this class. My goal at the beginning of the year was to improve my essay writing skills– especially persuasive/opinion based essays where I’m supposed to argue my point in order to convince the reader of it. I believe this particular skill is useful in every context and I also thought that learning how to write better would help me communicate verbally more coherently. I’m happy to say I have seen great improvement in this area and also in my verbal communication skills.
This class has made me see writing as an art form and a vital method of communication. I have also learned that good writing is VERY hard, but after you have written something beautiful it’s very satisfactory. Writing takes just the same amount of effort or more as any other art form and thus should be taken seriously.
Another important lesson I’ve learnt is the gift of time and how to use it effectively. I procrastinate a fair amount and in a class like this one– and any class really procrastination is your enemy! As I mentioned before good writing or decent writing for that matter, takes time and revision and re-writing so writing or reading a book the day before it’s due is ALWAYS a bad idea. The work produced cannot accurately reflect the potential and the skill you have because it was accomplished with limited time and high stress.
I want to continue to write– aside from obvious ways in which I will have to write because of school, work and day to day life, I want to write in my leisure time as well. I want to keep a diary. I used to keep a diary when I was younger, but I stopped. Now the time has come to start keeping a diary again. I also LOVE writing cards to people. It’s one of the ways in which I affirm my loved ones.