First Quarter Reflection


November 5, 2003


English 3 Period. E


Since the end of my sophomore year, I feel that my growth as a writer has been developing, and I think I am finally starting to get a glimpse of my potential as a writer. Despite the talent, or skill that I may have as a writer, I know that success can never be measured, and there are so many things I have yet to learn, and so much more room for me to improve. Although some may take that statement as being a negative comment, I consider it as positive, because I am not willing to stop because I received a couple good grades on some papers throughout this first quarter. This year, I want to keep growing, developing, and strengthening as a writer, and I am happy that I realized the power of hard work and the effect it has on true success. Throughout this first quarter I have been focused on getting back on task after summer vacation, and getting back in the habit of assigned writing. I take ideas and comments that are given to me and use them to make my paper better.


I definitely feel that I have been meeting my goals so far. One of my goals for the first quarter was to stay organized. I believe I stayed on tack with this goal. I am satisfied because I am not usually an organized person, so I knew to accomplish this goal I would have to try hard. Since the beginning of the year, I have stayed on track with finishing my assignments early, all while keeping everything neat in a separate folder. A second goal was to use a thesaurus so that I can have a variety of wording in all my paper, instead of repeating or overusing words. I often found myself looking myself looking in a thesaurus or dictionary in effort to add some variety to my papers. So far I have kept on track with these goals and I hope to maintain them through the year. I will continue to meet my goals by remembering that with every assignment I complete, I will grow as a writer.


So far we have explored the great works of the Transcendentalist of American literature. We have explored great philosopher named Henry David Thoreau. I have enjoyed reading his great views on nature and life surrounding us. Henry is very independent and self‑reliant. We learn that he is a free spirited man, who loves nature and always speaks his mind. I enjoyed the papers we have done so far with his works. It has taught me to write in a new way. I learn his views on the beauty of the general things in life and not the materialistic things. While reading his writing I dawned upon some words he said, " Not until we have lost the world do we begin to find ourselves, and realize where we are and the infinite extent of our relations." This quote relates to the readings we have read so far this year. Through the readings and papers I have come to have a better understanding of the great American thinkers.


I have thought a lot about my goals for this upcoming marking period. First, I recognize the importance of staying on task in the classroom. I have done a good job so far at using my time wisely, and completing assignments that aren’t even due on that day, but I am making it one of my goals because it is essential that I continue to do this. My last goal for this upcoming quarter is taking suggestions from my peers. I am going to use the suggestions from peers to revise my work. This is why getting good feedback is important to me. I sometimes get sick of people only giving praises or saying good things about an assignment, because I rely on other people’s thoughts and ideas to help make my paper even better.


In closing, I would like to say that I am optimistic about this year. I know that in just eight months everything that I have strived on for the past two years will be