Throughout my time in English 1 Honors, I have learned that I am a better writer and poet then I thought and I understand myself better because of it. I came into English 1 as a slightly confident writer, but not so confident I wrote easily and without thinking. At first, I was just coasting and writing without considering what I was doing and hoping it would work out. Of course, that wasn't what happened; I found my writing grade was not where I wanted it to be, but I could not manage to raise it at my work ethic. The year went by and the issue just grew worse. By the halfway point of the year, I was embarrassed by my low effort writing. I decided I needed to make improvements to how I wrote and my work ethic doing it.
Because of my embarrassment at my poor grade, I began improving. I became a much better poet and writer in general, and I began spending more time checking my work and making sure it is good. Here is where English 1 Honors helped me; if I hadn’t been forced to write and embarrassed by how poorly I was writing, I would never have tried harder to write and improved. My time in English 1 Honors taught me who I was and where I wanted to be, as well as helped form my work ethic. For example, I began working harder in my other classes because I was more professional and well rounded, despite the fact I didn’t try any harder in those classes or think about them more. If I never took English 1 Honors, my grades could have been much worse and I could have never recovered.
From the improvements I made by becoming a better writer and becoming more determined to succeed, I also learned a few key lessons I continue to apply today. First, I learned that you need to stay focused on your goal and not give up. When I start any test, I focus on getting a A and don’t get distracted. By applying this simple technique, I have saved myself from many disasters by being able to push forward through large workloads and projects alike, as well as giving me a improved general work ethic.. Another lesson is that you must be able to keep ahead of your stress. When teachers, work, or family stress starts to overwhelm you, you need to just take a day and try and get ahead of the tide. This is very important to remaining sane while dealing with large projects and work both imagined and real. I am very glad I discovered these lessons because they helped me a lot this year.
To finish my reflection, English 1 Honors was an important year for me because it developed my work ethic and allowed me to discover myself as a writer. Because of the struggles I faced during the year I was able to learn who I am trying to be and gain a greater understanding of how to succeed as a writer. While it was not enjoyable to experience the struggle, if I had not I would never have grown into a better person. I learned a few lessons about how to be a good student and how to be a good writer, and I am very thankful I took part in this class.