Monday, December 8, 2014

Exploration of own design: Zach Powell

I believe my best writing was when we did a personal narrative writing assignment. I wrote about i screwed up my first semester in college and it sent me wake up call that I need to change my ways in order to survive in engineering and college. I explained how I had used what I learned first semester, to change how I treated schoolwork and how I recovered. I picked my closing paragraph because I feel like it expresses the jest of the paper showing how this experience has changed me for the better.

“I was taken off academic probation after my second semester. I vowed to never let myself be who I was first semester. Looking back on first semester, I wish I could do things differently, knowing the things I know now. Even though I am mad at myself for how first semester turned out, it’s given me the motivation to push me to never go back. My wakeup call is that college isn’t the place to mess around - it’s a place for building the foundation for your future.  I’m learning to push my limits and expand beyond my comfort zone knowing that my abilities have grown as well. I feel comfortable taking a larger class load now in large part because I know how to manage my time and additional classes. I’ve become less social compared to first semester but I know it’s what I need to do to be successful. I’ve learned if I dedicate myself to achieving a goal and I give it my all to do so, that I will most likely succeed.”


  1. I have many of my friends and family who unfortunately learned the same lesson you did about college. You can do whatever you want in college. You just have to keep a balance between fun and work. You can never let fun get in the way of getting your homework or your job done. I'm very glad you learned this lesson so early because I know some people don't learn this lesson until it is too late.

  2. I love how you described your internal conflict and how you are going to fix it. It serves as a wake up call for me also. Judging by that piece of writing you are well on your way to becoming a new student with high asperations for your academics. Good job.


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