December 21, 2007

My essay purgatory

First of all, I have to say that I write it really in a hurry. But it does not mean I did not write it at the pains, because I have tried my best to read the book which is helpful for my essay. And I also worried about my essay for nearly half a month. I felt it is really very difficult for me to write an essay as this long. However, I think this essay that I have hand in is not in good quality, it cannot be worse. I did not satisfy with my essay; again I think it is really a big challenge for me to write a 2000-words essay. I know it sounds like some kind of excuse, but it is really my first time to write an essay in 2000 words in English, to be honest I have never write 2000-words essay in Chinese before.

There are three difficult aspects for me to write the essay. First, is how to use the information from the book, there are so many books to read, but I cannot find which part is needed in this essay, and sometimes I cannot concentrate my mind in reading the book. There are some difficulties in understanding the meaning of this book too. Second, sometimes I cannot change the words which used in the book, I think their English is just unchangeable, I also afraid to make grammar mistake. Third, I have difficulty in organizing the language, my mind jump a lot, I just set out some facts without order, and I did not write enough evaluates on the facts too. I have met so many troubles more than that.

If I have chance to write it again, I think I should better write a clear outline before, and form an idea first, and do not change the idea too much, I have to follow the idea till the end. Once I decided write it I have to organize my time to reading the book, and making note, and then organizing my language to start write it, and try my best to use my own words instead of keeping the original sentence.

All in all, I have experienced a painful time before the deadline of the essay, indeed I have made some progress, no matter how worse my essay is, I have finished my first 2000-words essay all by myself.

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  1. Tilly Harrison

    I really felt your ‘pain’ from your description here and purgatory is a good word to use. It means that even though it was painful there is hope of ‘heaven’ soon! I think that you have seen your faults clearly and that can only be good because it means you can be aware of them in the future. I think that you should be proud of having finished 2000 words of English and whatever the outcome be determined to make the next one even better.

    06 Jan 2008, 21:00

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