Marc Lavarin

In Marc Lavarin’s final reflection essay written for his English 1110 class, he examines the things he has learned about writing that he will take with him from the class. In particular, he examines the value of learning to “take risks.”

Taking the risk. Being in Introduction to Writing is what taking risks is all about.  It is not always about having the most politically correct essay with the least amount of errors, but at times it is being able to do something that no one has done, being creative and being you. Allowing you to be expressed through writing. Kwame Anthony Appiah states in his text entitled “The Ethics of Individuality” that “authenticity: it is a matter of being true to who you already really are, or would be if it weren’t for distorting influences” (Appiah 69). Appiah argues much like how we learned in class is about taking risk and chances. Not being afraid to go the extra limit or even be the different one or the over achiever. If you have ideas that you want to put down on a piece of paper do not be afraid of what your peers or colleagues may think of you. I remember our class’s first writing assignment with the difficult Appiah reading assignment. We were asked to write and respond to what we thought Appiah meant in his essay. As for me, I took a completely different route and wrote my paper in a first person narrative. It was a narrative of responsibility to separate oneself from parents and friends. The essay that I wrote was so far different from every other student in the class that it stood out. I can exactly recall being afraid of writing this narrative because I did not know if the teacher was going to like my style of writing or simply be upset with the fact that I didn’t exactly follow the framework of the essay, but I took the risk regardless. In the end the risk paid off. I was rewarded with the best grade that I have received on the projects yet. “Individuality is the same thing with development, and that it is only the cultivation of individuality which produces or can produce, well developed human beings, I might here close the argument” (Appiah 59). Developing as a writer is what is important. Learning from your mistakes, whether they are sentence levels, grammar, punctuation, or etc, is what makes you a better writer. It is not okay to be stagnant. As a college writer it is your duty to learn from your mistakes so that you can go above and beyond for your future papers.

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