Walking into John Jay College I immediately felt how different my experience here would be compared to high school. I knew that unlike high school this was not a place I could slack off or a place I could procrastinate in and still get a good grade on an assignment. After my first day of the building, I went home and had a talk with myself. I promised myself that I would work my tail off and no matter what I would start my semester strong and end strong. From that promise I learned that I am an extremely determined person because even if I had to stay up all night doing an assignment I would get it was done and not once did I just write gibberish on a page and call it homework. Every piece of writing I did this semester, unlike in high school, I put thought into what I was going to write about. At the end of the day, I think it made me a better writer.
From the beginning of the semester, I believe my writing skills have improved a lot. Apart from just the mechanics of writing like grammar, the way my writing reads off sounds a lot better. Although I still have a little trouble removing vernacular language from more serious writing, but I sometimes believe it just makes my writing a little more personalized. Sometimes I have read over pieces I wrote and wonder if I actually wrote it because I know if a year ago someone would have given me the same assignment it would have looked completely different. I think as a writer I am one of those plain English writers, the type to use simple words to get my point and emotions across the best way possible, maybe like a Latina Ernest Hemingway only not as good. I do enjoy writing a lot more now, for example, writing prompts now seem like a fun past time, but before writing prompts seemed like a wall I had to struggle to climb because I just did not like writing. A shout out to my Fall 2014 English Professor Carmen Kynard.
Finally completing this e-Portfolio filled me with both relief and pride. Relief because I had finally completed my e-Portfolio that I spent days and nights on and I felt pride because I loved how my e-Portfolio ended up looking like. All the writing pieces I have included in the e-Portfolio I put deep thought into and to have people read it would be absolutely amazing. At the end of the day, I feel as if I created something that puts my thoughts onto a computer screen. I have created a way to share my thoughts with a public that can either relate to, learn, or become inspired by it. Also, like I mentioned before my e-Portfolio shows the determination I have to do everything to the best of my ability. I hope that no matter who is reading this right now they will get something out of it.