September 2, 2014
Dear Ms. Swafford,
I would like to start by saying that I graduated from high school in 1987. So I am older than dirt. I wish I had paid more attention when I was in high school, but unfortunately I did not. I did not have anybody to push me to do better, or explain to me how all of this learning could affect me some day. So I only did as much as I had to do to graduate. So here almost 30 years later I’m struggling to put complete sentences together, let alone write a 5 page essay about something I completely know nothing about. This is sometimes very embarrassing, especially if I must compete or try to keep up with the young students. I’m not saying I can’t do this, because I can, it’s just not going to be ...view middle of the document...
I want to get my degree in accounting. I would love to be able to be a CPA someday. I’m not sure that this goal is realistic or not. I have a long way to go, even to just get even where the high school kids are coming into college.
I don’t have much writing experience to share with you; I had never written an essay until last semester I took 099 English. Which by the way I passed with a C almost a B, like 1.8 points away from being a B. So I guess I can’t be too bad at it. But I found that writing essays last semester for 099 that my biggest problem was coming up with a thesis and connecting it with other things inside the paragraph. The professor had us connect the thesis to every beginning sentence of a paragraph and the last sentence of every paragraph. But towards the end of the semester I was starting to get better with the different things that she was wanting from us.
I never had to write an essay back when I was in high school, if I did I sure don’t remember doing it. I do believe I only had to have 1 year of English to graduate, I may be wrong about that though.
I think one thing is I lack confidence in myself. My thoughts are always scattered everywhere, what I mean by that is my paragraphs will contain all kinds of different thoughts in them. My thoughts are all over the place. I need to learn to put random thoughts down on paper and then go back and write the paper, kind of like an outline.
I have a lot to learn still, but like I said, I think I can do this with a lot of help from a very patient professor. Sorry tried really hard to stretch it out two pages, but fell a little short. So thank you for listening to my life story. I hope I gave you the information you was looking for.