Being in an AP course presents many challenges to a student, as well as many rewards. In AP English, the material is difficult, but satisfying. One semester of this class can teach someone so much, from the dangers of procrastination, to the awesomeness of novels. Personally, I feel like some aspects I handled better than others, while other areas were lacking. Prime example being the novels we were required to read. Ranging from informative non-fiction, to controversial books, reading and then analyzing the work has helped me greatly. Before this class, analyzing books was dreadful, but now I actually enjoy learning all the tiny details an author weaved into his/her book. All the little things hidden in a novel can teach people a lot, as well as cause them to question things, which is exactly what a novel should do. Learning that key aspect has greatly helped my success in class. Along with the books, this class has helped me to be more intellectual. Gaining academic knowledge about the world around us has helped me to understand how awesome learning can be. Though my grades definitely don’t reflect it, I feel like AP English has literally made me a smarter person. I feel like I tackled that area of this class relatively well, on being able/ willing to look at work and notice all the details.
However, even with my success, I struggled with some other areas just as much. I have a knack for procrastination, which has only grow larger this year. To be perfectly honest, I didn’t spend enough time and energy on any of the assignments as I probably should have. I waited until it was almost due or the night before a test, to begin my stuff, which is a terrible habit I have fallen into. Next semester, hopefully I will have more drive when it comes to academics. Also I struggled with expressing myself to my peers. It’s easy to think smartly, but to actually say it aloud is a challenge for me. I ruined many opportunities to add to discussions because I’m shy, and wouldn’t open my mouth. I have dealt with this issue all my life, and always try and fix it, but it’s difficult. In this AP course, I have had success and failures, but hopefully next semester I can build on my success, and lessen my failures.