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Jessica Henries
2/22 Discussion
Fri Feb 22, 2013 11:24am
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Writing my informative essay was surprisingly, not as appalling as I had first imagined. The topic I chose was enjoyable and interesting to me, so I stayed entertained. This essay was the first writing assignment I have partaken in since high school; I never really had a strong and educational English class. Most of my teachers felt the need to cut corners when it came to the curriculum, so I feared the worst while preparing my essay.
I have always spent an excessive amount of time planning papers before I write them. In the case of my informative essay, although I feel like it helped me in the end, this was my downfall. I spent hours planning out each paragraph of my paper making sure I followed all of your directions. I was spending an extreme amount of time writing down information from each source and placing it where it would best fit. I eventually was able to stop second-guessing myself about the order of my paragraphs and how efficiently it would flow. This may sound like I was working very hard but at the time I couldn’t help but to wonder if I was just procrastinating. With all the time I spent planning, I was wasting valuable writing time. So, in the end I was left writing my paper at the last minute.
After my diligent planning, I began to write my paper. Even though I had wasted so much time planning, I was thankful for it. My outline guided my through my entire essay and made writing go more smoothly then I could have imagined. My first fear, of not having enough information, disappeared as I was typing. I did however, wait until my entire paper was typed before I went back and inserted my citations and bookends. After I finished my paper and read over it repeatedly, I couldn’t remember why I was so anxious about starting in the first place.
Now that I have turned in my essay, I am relieved. I feel like I did an excellent job with making each paragraph flow to the next. I recalled what we learned in class about making sure the thesis was clear and restated in the conclusion; I applied that knowledge to my essay. If anything, I am still apprehensive about my in-text citations and bookends. I am inexperienced with citing work so I did my best at deciphering between common knowledge and specific facts. Overall, I am happy about my effort and I am anticipating a good grade, or at least learning about what to do differently in the future.

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    • 2/22 - Kathryn Lanier, Fri Feb 22 2:24pm
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    • Discussion 2/22 - Taylor Cabaniss, Fri Feb 22 2:17pm
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    • 2/2 Discussion - Caitlin Halligan, Fri Feb 22 1:30pm
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    • 2/22 Discussion - Fernando Coelho, Fri Feb 22 12:21pm
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    • Discussion 2/22 - Ali Capri, Fri Feb 22 11:49am
      I had a bit of a struggle with this informative paper initially because I didn’t really get started on it until the week before it was due, right before I came to talk with you. I had so many things... more
    • 2/22 Discussion - Jessica Henries, Fri Feb 22 11:24am
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    • Re: 2/22 Discussion - Iverly Delgadillo, Fri Feb 22 10:22am
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