Three years of high school has gifted me with three years of English, but English III AP has by far been my favorite English class.
Certainly, there were times when I didn’t want to finish reading the assigned readings or didn’t start my papers until the night before, but this class has greatly helped build my skills not just in writing, but in speaking and thinking. I remember reading through my essays from freshman and sophomore year just a few weeks ago, and then rereading my rhetorical analysis of Jaws and Lincoln’s 2nd inaugural address and thinking how cringeworthy some of my sentences from the former essays were… This year, I’ve written some of what I proudly call my best papers, and even my timed writings have gotten significantly better, thanks to the frequency of them. But most importantly, this class promised to expand my mind, promised me that I would physically feel my brain stretch, and it did that and even more.
This year (because I’ve been so stressed 😛 ), I’ve started writing quotes in a little notebook every day. Most of these quotes come from the books that we’ve read this year, from Invisible Man to Grapes of Wrath to Emerson’s essays. So I know we weren’t supposed to write about “the books [we] read this year,” but I have to say this year’s selection of novels was fantastic. It was these quotes from the pieces of writing that I read that kept me afloat this year, and it wouldn’t be fair if I didn’t mention how much these books meant to me. Perhaps it was a combination of the specific novels or the class itself that allowed me to fully delve into the novels and pick out these quotes.
Lastly, this blog, though it oftentimes kept me up until 1 in the morning (mostly because I’d forget about it or I couldn’t think of anything to write), has been a fun experience this year, and I do hope that it continues to be an opportunity for future English III AP students. For once, my writing isn’t only read by my teacher, my fellow T-rex table-mates and myself, but people from more than fifty countries.
So to wrap up, thank you English III AP and Lindner. Y’all helped me find my voice, my style and my own mind. I’ll leave you with my favorite quote this year…
“He went out in the wilderness to find his own soul, an’ he foun’ he didn’t have no soul that was his’n. Says he foun’ he jus’ got a little piece of a great big soul”
~John Steinbeck, Grapes of Wrath