Did you know, for example, that referencing work you've done for another class is called ?
I have learned here how to write and express myself, how to think for myself, and how to find the answers to the things that I don't know.
Most importantly I have learned how important literature and language are. Instead of writing a paper for my final project in Perspectives of Multicultural Literature (ENGL 449), I decided with a friend to venture to an Indian reservation and compare it to a book we read by Sherman Alexie.
From these classes I learned about the world, its people and its history; through literature I learned how we as humans are all related.
By writing about what we learn and/or what we believe, we are learning how to express ourselves.
I spent those days hunched over an obnoxiously tall stack of books next to the cathedral windows, shooting glares every time somebody's Blackberry buzzed and trying to ignore the couple kissing in the reading nook behind me. Because writing essays in undergrad is based more on common sense and structure than you'd think.
I stayed up all night with my first pack of energy drinks (I bought the ones that come in pink cans because they looked less likely to lead to a heart attack than the radioactive-green variety), reading and re-reading my paragraphs until my eyes were more red than blue. Too many of my peers (and, I suspect, high school teachers) made the mistake of thinking they could get away with sloppy construction or borrowed work if their ideas were flashy enough. Especially in your first year of college or university, your professors aren't looking for groundbreaking discoveries—that's what a Ph D is for.When I started at CI, I thought I was going to spend the next 3 years reading classics, discussing them and then writing about them. We had a great time and we learned so much more that we ever could have done from writing a paper.That was what I did in community college English courses, so I didn't think it would be much different here. In most all my classes I did read, discuss, and write papers; however, I quickly found out that that there was so much more to it. The opportunity to do that showed me that there are so many ways that one can learn that are both fun and educational.Use transition sentences at the beginning and end of each paragraph to show how your thoughts progress, while constantly reminding the reader how these points relate to your thesis.Take the extra time to make sure you've followed all the technical style guidelines requested by your professor or institution.Any reference to either of these essays must be correctly cited and attributed; failure to do so constitutes plagiarism and will result in a failing grade on the portfolio and possible other serious consequences as stated in the CI Code of Conduct.Sample Reflective Essay #2Author: Nekisa Mahzad I have been a student at California State University Channel Islands (CI) for 5 semesters, and over the course of my stay I have grown and learned more that I thought possible.On the surface, to an outsider, I am sure that this is what it appears that C. The English courses also taught me how powerful the written word and language can be. Stories tell about life and the human condition, they bring up the past and people and cultures that are long gone.Literature teaches about the self and the world surrounding the self.I can remember being told numerous times in community college to "organize your thoughts" or "provide more support and examples". I did not formulate my own ideas and support them with the works of others.These are the things that I have worked on and improved over the past couple of years and I feel that my work shows this. The classes I have taken the past couple semesters have really help me shed that bad habit and write better papers with better ideas.