To say the least, it has been an eventful semester in AP Lang. I have been challenged in ways that I never thought possible. I have been forced out of my comfort zone in the almighty name of writing. I mean, I had to write a blog for Pete’s sake! Amidst all the emotional pain (don’t judge me) and frustration, there were some fleeting moments of satisfaction. There were even a few moments of genuine happiness. Sarcasm aside, this semester of AP Lang has been quite enlightening.
One thing that I thought I’d never do was run a blog. This semester, I have written nine blog posts including this one. Although writing them was a little tedious at times, I believe that they were worthwhile. Being the lazy person that I am, I rarely write outside of the agonizing essay writing that I am required to do for school. I often forget how writing can actually be enjoyable. Keeping a blog has helped me rediscover that truth.
On top of that, blogs have exposed me to my classmates writing. As part of an assignment, I was required to comment on my classmate’s blogs: to point out their strengths and weaknesses. In doing so, I had the opportunity to witness and aide my classmates grow as writers.
In my opinion (along with), the timed writes were the most challenging part of the course. There is nothing like the mad frenzy you enter when there are only 5 minutes left and you haven’t finished your 2nd body paragraph. Better yet, the look on your face when you realize that you don’t know how to answer the prompt. Joshua J. Marine once said “Challenges are what make life interesting.” Needless to say, timed writes have made my life very interesting. No matter how monotonous they can be, their benefits are undeniable. They helped notice how bad my writing was, improve on it, and show that I have room left to grow.
Although AP Lang has been the source a substantial amount of stress, it has been one of joy as well. I enjoyed watching my classmate’s group projects. I enjoyed reading the assigned books (though not the writing that followed). I really enjoyed the learning experience. Most of all, I enjoyed the friendly classroom environment.
“The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it.”