Graduation Speech : An Open Mind And The Best Essay

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As a student, I am always eager to learn and ready to be actively engaged in all activities inside of the classroom. I am a student ready to gain the knowledge and become better in all subject areas, even in those where I am not so enthusiastic about the material. My junior year was a year full of rigorous AP (Advanced Placement) courses and a year full of important testing, which required me to dedicate a greater amount of time into my studies. One of the most difficult subjects for the year was AP English Literature and Composition and was taught by a teacher that had been known to be challenging and frustrating. I came into the classroom with an open mind and the best attitude possible, despite the many warnings I had received.
After the first couple of weeks, I learned quickly that she was a very different teacher and her teaching style was non traditional. She required students to go through the process of “boot camp”, which entailed for us to write lengthy essays about the theme of what we read, analyze and critique how authors would use literary techniques, and even long nights of reading until midnight. Of course this class was a work load, but nothing that I had imagined. Even worse, I had always thought that teachers would provide lectures and extra help when needed, but this was certainly not the case. I’ve never felt that my skills in writing were very good to begin with, but my confidence kept getting shattered after each paper I turned in. I would spend…

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