Knowledge is Keen
“If there’s a book that you want to read, but hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” By Toni Morrison. Growing up I never fully understood the meaning of this quote until I started writing. Writing was never my strong suit, but with the help one of my mentors Ms. Brown I began to improve. Writing was not a favorite of mine, but who is to say I wouldn’t give it a try. When I was younger doctors told me that I wouldn’t be able to write or read as well as other students. I felt as if there wasn’t a need to learn how to read or write honestly; My mom would take me to the Pratt City library after school every day to read books.
I attended this speech and writing class during elementary school, where I met my mentor Ms. Brown. She was an older lady with light melanin toned skin and slight wrinkles. Her eyes showed that a great spirit that loved to help students reach their goals. One of the memories of her was that she wore a pair of glasses that made her resemble Florida Evens off the T.V show Good Times. When you saw her pull out those glasses, it would let you know it’s time for business.
She would also bring coffee to every session that smelled of hazelnut and sugar. She smelled like a beautiful pastry of toaster strudels and warm strawberry pop tarts, and her face consisted of smiles never a frown. Her personality was very unpredictable when she felt I wasn’t trying. Mrs. Brown worked for a school that sat on top of a hill behind the highway, where you really couldn’t see it unless you knew it was there. Mrs. Brown lived a long life of striving to be successful; she would talk to me about how important it would be to make something out of yourself and how quitting was never an option.
Ms. Brown lived through the years of segregation amongst races. The time she sacrificed and gave me pushed me to excel in learning to read and write made me realize that this would be a great writing and reading experience for me. She challenged me to be better and do greater even when I feel that I failed, Ms. Brown showed that writing and reading could be very detrimental to my future to come. I wouldn’t understand how to place words into its proper place until she she used words of encouragement to give me gave me a desire to push myself. She would help me for hours even when she didn’t have to; I would receive a couple of words if she felt I wasn’t trying my best to understand. Her caring showed me that being a reader and writer means taking time and patient to improve and not just go with the motion.
Writing wasn’t a favorite of mines for a good bit of time of my life but one of the hardest things I have come to realize is I am a writer. Just saying the phrase, “I am a writer” still brings a certain amount of anxiety. You see, growing up I loved reading and science. I constantly got lost outside playing with sports, bugs, and anything I could pull apart to figure out how it worked. From an early age I knew I wanted to become a social worker. I was an active kid who rarely ever sat down with a book yet alone paper and pencil. Sure, my mom tried to get me to sit still and write and practice spelling, but I preferred complicated mystery book, problems and exploring the earth. Unfortunately, my struggles to sit still and write as a little kid carried over into adulthood.
I suppose my life has turned out the way I imagined. I am working on my Social Work
Bachelor’s degree at one of the top institutions in the U.S. and researching complicated behavior concepts. Yet, on a daily basis I am expected to write?! I fought this idea for a few months pretending I could get by working in the lab and solving complicated mystery problems.
I never enjoyed writing, never thought I was good at it, and have basically tired to avoid it at all costs. However, that blissful ignorance could not (and did not) last forever. I was fortunate enough to have mentors who took the time to explain to me how important writing was to my human behavioral career. If I want to be good in my field of social work, I must be good at writing. It took some time to accept this reality.
It is true that the sweetest victories come out of struggles, and victories in writing are no different. For instance, receiving grant funding or breaking down a solution to a families problems by writing a papers, those are examples of victories that they are on the right track and advancing their careers. Career advancement in social work comes from doing good family sit ins, but more importantly, it is a result of good writing. The importance of writing in social work finally clicked around year 3. This is typically is the time one is expected to find funding for his/her projects, publish papers, and come up with future project ideas. The only way to accomplish this…is…to…WRITE! When one accomplishes these goals it makes all the staring at a blank computer screen and doubtful writing moments worth it.
First and foremost, practice writing. Nothing gets worse with practice remember that! Also, keep track of time spent writing via some form of log. On weeks when you feel zero motivation to sit down at the computer (or notebook) and write, just look at your log of time spent writing. You will notice that you have accomplished more than you may have realized. Hopefully, this motivates you to continue. Next, know that every piece of writing you produce does not have to be “perfect”. In fact, it is nearly impossible to produce perfect writing every time. As long as progress is made that is all we can and should hope for!
How I Improved in writing by the end of my kindergarten school year I learned how to write proper English. I learned how to spell more words correctly, when to capitalize letters and when to end sentences as well as when to place commas within them. However, I knew that I could do more in order to further improve my writing. By the beginning of my first grade school year I began to copy the contents of Junie B. Jones books because they also contained some illustrations, but much more writing than other children picture books. By then, I felt much more confident in my writing and I had greater self-esteem.
I was less self-conscious about feeling intellectually inferior to my peers. Even my first grade teacher told my parents that I had wonderful writing because I constantly wrote using proper grammar for my young age. I continued to copy the context of many books and even chapter books up to when I was in the fourth grade. I began to write down many chapters of books such as those of The Serious of Unfortunate Events and other chapter books whose titles I do not remember written by Sharon Creech. Ultimately, this method of copying the content of books, from children to chapter books, not only helped me learn how to write a lot, but it also helped me improve my writing skills.
Even though I can clearly recall becoming very frustrated at times, doing such procedure helped me identify proper grammar techniques such as when to add a colon or semi-colon to a sentence, how to write a dialogue within my writing, etc. Now, when I work on any writing assignments or writing on my own I feel much more confident about my work and I have a greater self-esteem about both my intellectual and writing potentiality. I know that I am making my family proud by continuing to attempt do my best in school despite the impediments I had when I first entered school as a child, when I did not completely comprehend the English language. Despite all of the struggles and moments of frustrations where I felt ignorant and incapable of reaching success that I had to endure in order to learn how to write in the English. I have now grown to enjoy writing.
In fact, I like to write a lot. English has become my second favorite subject in school ever since I learned how to write proper English. Even many of my teachers, including my favorite high school teachers, have said that I am a good writer. Now that I am older and on the bridge of finishing college. I think that I have a great potential in order to succeed in this career, which would be secondary to the Air Force, because I am always able to put forth my best effort whenever I write anything, which includes doing writing assignments and even when I write random journal entries at home. My experience of learning how to write in English became important to me not only because I acquired and learned how to write and read better in the primary language of this country, but it has also defined who I am and what I want to do in my future.
Recalling upon my experience it has furthered my motivation to writing. That involves writing. It has also reminded me that I am capable of doing what I truly desire and accomplishing my goals as long as I work hard for it even if there are struggles along the way. I am glad that I had to endure all of the struggles that I did in order to learn how to write in English because looking back at it, it is those struggles that have allowed me to appreciate the English language and that have motivated me to work hard for everything that I want in life in order to become a successful individual.
Writing Today has gave me a greater outlook on everything now that i am in a higher University I will be the first male in my family to graduate college! Writing has taught me today that it is needed more than anything, and you must push yourself to gather the information needed depending on the topic or subject. Writing