Writing. An integral part of life as we know it in most parts of the world. Know how to read, know how to write, you can do anything. (Okay, not entirely true, but it sounded cool.) So if we’re taught in elementary school, middle school, high school, homeschool, how to write, why do we need composition classes in college?
Because it’s a different type of writing.
Even though I was homeschooled and so never had a “typical” English class, I still know that my Honors Comp with the amazing Dr. Woodworth is far from a typical comp class. Blogging, for one thing. Writing about the murder of our teacher and being allowed to come with crazy conspiracy theories for another. And filling up a notebook with COLORS and stickers and anything our brains could throw at it as long as it had to do with Montgomery? Fairly sure that’s not usual. 8D But it’s still a freshman composition class, which means that there are certain things that we have to learn. In this global village of our world today, we have to write to communicate in any field, and freshman comp has to help us get to a point where we’re comfortable (enough) with it.
So what kinds of writing will I do, both in the next few years of my college career and in my life later on, that freshman comp needs to prepare me for? What tips, tricks, and skills that I learned in ENGL 1017 will help me succeed in life?
Well, being a younger-than-normal student in college, I don’t have the sheer number of years of writing that everyone else I know has, so this English class is giving me tons of things to write purely for experience. Also, it’s giving me a range of different rhetorical situations to write about, a bunch of different styles to write in, and things to write that aren’t solely “five-paragraph, follow these rules, analyze this story, blah blah blah” essays. Just the experience of having to write things will be invaluable to me, as I’m quite sure I’m going to have to write things in the next four years I’m in college. Literature classes and history classes are notorious for papers (or so I’ve heard), and I’ll be taking quite a few of both in music and Spanish. I.e., paaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaapeeerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrs… *crumples* (that’s not me right now; I love all my classes and I don’t have to write all that much. That’s me in four years. XD) And if I go into graduate school, I’m quite sure that will entail a lot and a lot of writing. Besides: emails, I’ll maintain this blog, musicians have websites, I’ve always wanted to write stories… Writing is everywhere.
So I think that, in my rambling off-kilter partially-stream-of-consciousness writing, I answered the question of “what writing will I do in my remaining college years and in my life that English comp is supposed to/will help me with”. To summarize, (for my sake as much as for yours), I’ll be writing essays on literature for the next few years in college, and afterwards, I’ll be writing emails, blogs, and maintaining a website. I may possibly write articles for classical guitar magazines, but I have no idea. I’ll figure it out when I get to that stage, and likely I’ll inflict my possible sufferings on this poor blog. Or maybe I’ll be deliriously happy about it and so my post will exude rainbows that will destroy whatever server upon which this blog resides. Either way, I am truly glad that I was able to take the English class that I’m taking, because even though we’re not writing ‘traditional’ research papers that I’ve been told I’ll need, it’s providing me with invaluable writing practice, and an experience that I wouldn’t have missed for the world.