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Eduardo Barajas: College writing From the Valley to the Bay Coming into a school like Berkeley poses many difficulties that I did not have to face at my high school but thankfully with the difficulties, comes help. In high school, English was never my best subject and when I did try to excel in English, the only comments I would get were “syntax” and “word choice.” I was always told that I did something wrong, but I was never properly told what I was doing incorrectly. Coming into this school, I believed that this class was going to be the most difficult and the biggest “pain in the ass” that I would ever encounter. On the contrary to my previous belief, this class has helped me develop more as a writer in 3 months than all me previous English classes before put together. It is not the quality of work expected that inspired me to do well in this class, but the attention to my mistakes and the help provided to change those mistakes is what had pushed me into doing better and become an improved writer that will do better in all his upcoming paper. At the beginning of the class, we were instructed to write an analytical paper on a biographical story. It did not seem very hard but after receiving my first paper back with correction marks I though to myself, “Great. This again.” When I looked at the comments, they had actually addressed the problems that the paper had. I asked Heather what my paper would have gotten and she said that it won’t pass. She said that it was a summary of a story rather than an analysis of the biographical essay. I reread my paper and it made perfect sense. I had realized what I had been doing wrong all these years. I wouldn’t write according to the assignment, I would write summaries as if it had been a book report in third grade. As a WHAT DOES THIS MEAN class we all read the different materials that helped us improve in our writing. We have used this book called “Writing Analytically” as a reference if 1
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we have any questions about writing. It has helped me improve and complicate my thesis from a simple three category thesis to improving and arguing my thesis inside of my thesis. I learned that longer is not always better and the message comes out clearer with the less you try to explain. The book has also taught me how to develop my argument and how to develop my ideas throughout my essay. After going through three months of this class, I do not write simple essays that write three things that support your argument and then restate all that in your conclusion. I write more developed arguments that can be opposed, but I write my evidence and I explain how this is relevant to what I am writing and I write what is necessary to get my point across. Most importantly, I know what is supposed to be in an analytical essay. I thought that if I summarized my readings, then I would be able to get a decent grade on the paper and have a decent understanding of the reading. I now know that to simply summarize a reading is the first step to figuring what the reading was about. I now think of what I read and about what else can be said
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