“What kinds of writing are you being asked to perform in your other courses? Do you find it challenging, enjoyable, frustrating?”; is all of the above an available option? I wish it were simple to answer this question, but it is in fact the complete opposite. Have you ever sat, crisscrossed applesauce, on a trampoline while your annoying nuisance of a younger sibling jumps in the middle? The disorientation and confusion you experience is kind of like how I feel about writing. The types of writing I have been required to use throughout only five courses is absolutely amazing, in all honesty. From essays to debate responses, to blog posts to daily journal entries, and so forth. May I just say the variety is both frustrating, and enjoyable.
See, I, among a group of students, am in a general Arts program, and, for me at least, there is quite a bit of wiggle room in terms of course selection. I made the mistake of choosing Social Sciences, Language courses, as well as a Math course. These courses do not commonly follow one particular format of writing, and this is where my inner frustration comes out a little bit. My language courses are more focused on shorter more personal writing, which obviously, being a student, I find it more entertaining and interesting to complete, whereas my Sociology course is more focused on debate responses and long persuasive papers, which can be interesting but time consuming; not the biggest fan of those ones.
It can be baffling sometimes, jumping and switching between kinds of writing, although, as much as I complain and as confusing as it can be sometimes, I think I actually like the variety in formatting. I like the structure of essay writing and how when drafting, the requirements provided allow writers to place their points in the most appropriate places; I find it is almost as though there are guidelines that help you set up your essay to make the most sense.
That being said, I like free writing quite a bit as well; blog posts and personal writings assigned in Arts courses are styles of writing, in my opinion, that allow for writers to express their ideas a little more openly. I find that, in general, students are typically better at these forms of writing, for they are less fabricated. Also, who doesn’t like to talk about themselves or about their own personal perspectives on issues?
These contrasting forms of writing all require different skills, and the variety across faculties, subjects and fields has allowed for me to pick up on a rather large assortment of competencies. That Sociology course I had mentioned earlier has taught me to defend my claims and use accurate sources to support my arguments and make them stronger; I’ve obtained this skill in English as well. Writing the early stages of the Rhetorical Analysis Essay, I have learned that picking up on ethos, logos and pathos throughout an article can really aid in advocating a specific viewpoint. In English, I’ve also learned to edit my papers multiple times, and review it with quite a few people to get as many opinions as possible. The language courses I’ve taken, so far at least, have assigned me projects in which I have to introduce myself to an audience, as well as make small talk and hold a conversation; it doesn’t seem like much or very significant, however, these are skills that I desperately needed to obtain and am quite glad I finally have.
I am definitely looking forward to writing another Blog post in this course, but am also looking forward to writing scripts for presentations in my language courses; freedom in writing is always fun, am I right? Don’t get me wrong, writing essays and persuasive papers is all fine and dandy, but the time consumption and word count is a little aggravating.
In conclusion, there is not one specific kind of writing that I have been using throughout my courses, but I do not hate the fact. Instead, I anticipate the next few months in terms of academic writing, for there is so much one can do with it.