Monday, September 6, 2010

Essay Writing

When I was about to start college, I already knew what I wanted to take for a degree – Education. It wasn’t hard because my mother was a teacher so it was more like an influence than anything else. Fortunately, the school where I got my scholarship from has a very good Education department. The only problem I had back then was what to major in. There were only a few options…English, Math, Chemistry or Earth Science. I wasn’t that interested majoring in Science so I was left with Math and English. I chose the former – Math. To me majoring in English meant a lot of writing. I can write but I have a hard time organizing my thoughts that writing a Five-Paragraph Essay turns into an ordeal for me. I thought that if I chose Math then I wouldn’t have to do deal with a bunch literary stuff like poems & poetry as well as never ending essays. Boy was I ever wrong. Yes, I didn’t have to write as much as my classmates majoring in English did but I had my share of essays & compositions. It was a challenge but I managed to pull through.

I thought that was the end of my love-hate relationship with writing. Of course that’s not quite the case because after 3 years of graduating from college [and in-between my teaching job] I decided to go back to school and take up a Master’s degree in Education. This time, I was well aware that I would be needing essay guidance in almost every step of the way if I want to graduate to earn the Master’s degree. Every single subject I had to take required some form of writing one way or another that it gave me sleepless nights. Mind you, this was in the early 90s so I didn’t have the internet to help in researching. I did it the old-fashioned way so to speak. I was at the library every chance I got especially at the time I had to write an Expository Essay for my thesis proposal. My thesis proposal was approved but it took a lot of hard work for me to even get to that point.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to write my thesis. I had a job offer that was too good to pass up so I decided to take some time off from graduate school. I filed a leave of absence and was planning in going back after a year or so to write [& defend] my thesis but that didn’t materialize. Life had other plans for me so I’m now left with an incomplete Master’s degree. Maybe one of these days I can go back to school and take another course or even another master’s degree. This time around, I know help is available if and when I need it when it comes to writing essays…!

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