I am a new student. I just came here in the United States last September. I grew up understanding English, speaking it is another part and has been hard for me. Writing papers in English has been one of my struggles and I don’t know exactly if the system I’ve learned while I was studying in the Philippines is the same way of writing they use here. As a student coming from a different country, I can say that I have many struggles in writing a paper. I feel like these struggles have made it harder for me to become a better writer.
One of my struggles is, it takes me a long time to find the right words to use when writing sentences. I feel like I know what I want to write but it’s hard for me to express it. Another is using the right punctuations and when to use it. When writing, I feel as if I’m using the same words. I need to find some ways where I am able to find other words that will make it looks like I am not repeating myself. The main problem I have is forming an essay and trying to have the readers understand the exact point on why I wrote the paper. I don’t know where to start on how to write it and get my ideas across. Also, I have a tendency to not focus on the story, and I feel like I’m jumping from one point to another. I need to learn when a new subject or idea should end, when to start that new paragraph and where it should ends.
I know there are still a lot of things for me to learn in writing. I hope by taking this class, I will be able to understand better the English language and become a better writer as well. I think this will also help me communicate better with others.