My name is Sydney. Let me tell you a little bit about myself. I was born in Sacramento, CA at the Kaiser on Morse Ave. I was born into the family of Albert and Peggy Kong. Albert is my dad and Peggy is my mom. My parents are immigrants from China. My mom is from Guangzhou, China and my dad is from Hong Kong. English is their second language. I grew up speaking Chinese so I know some Chinese phrases but because of the area that I grew up in, it never stuck with me. So English is my primary language which is also the language that I speak at home with my family.
Now that I've told you a little bit about my family and my life, I'll get down to the nitty gritty: my academics and how I did in school. When I was in elementary school, I did alright. I got good grades in 4th grade but that was because I was motivated by an outside factor. I really wanted an ipod touch in 4thgrade so in order to do that I had to make the honor roll. I made the honor roll twice in a row. But then, after I got the ipod touch, things started to go downhill from there because I got very addicted to my electronics and couldn't control myself. This has been happening a lot all throughout my education as an elementary school student, high school student and college student. As you read all throughout this paper, you'll see that self-control is a big issue for me. Like for example, I got two Fs last semester as a freshman in college because all I wanted to do was watch Netflix in my dorm all day and just stay in bed and never leave. But that's beside the point, this paper is about how I was lead to take English 10/11 in college.
In order to understand how I am as an English student, I had to talk about my past academic experiences and how I am as a student. I also have to talk about my brain and how it works which is what I'm going to talk about in this paragraph. So I tend to get really passionate about certain topics which makes me write good papers. The topics that I'm really into are: genetics, certain history topics that really aggravate me and I want to know why things are the way that they are, books, etc. But however, I'm really bad at coming up with something to write on the spot and I can't think of anything to write and I'm just sitting there staring at a screen and don't know what to do. Also, I tend to go off topic a lot because of how passionate I get on certain topics. Also, another problem of mine as an English student is that I don't read anything fully and just tend to skip to the end because I'm very impatient. But my biggest problem as an English Student is that I can't come up with a good English paper on my own which is essentially what college is about; being able to come up with your own ideas and write a paper about it. I have to get assistance on my papers because I need a little more guidance on certain topics because like I said about writer's block; I'll just stare at a screen and I won't write anything which leads to no paper. So I need a little more help and guidance from the teacher in order to get an A paper. I need a prompt and instructions on what to write the paper about.
This leads me to why I'm here in English 10/11. I'm in this class because it's slower pace and I'm not at the college level of writing yet. So I want that one on one time with the teacher to help me write my paper so that I can succeed and do well in English. Also, I want help with editing my papers too because I don't know how to edit my own papers. My personal goal for this class is to become a better writer, reader and communicator. Ultimately, I want to become a better writer so that I can move forward in my life and go on to bigger and better things in college. I also want to be able to pass the WPJ in my sophomore year of college. Some areas, in my opinion, that need to be worked on in my writing are the introduction and the conclusion paragraphs. I need to work on my introduction paragraph because I can't ever seem to think of a good way to start my paper. That needs work; what also needs work is my conclusion paragraph. Because like my intro, I can't ever think of a good way to end my paper. Another goal that I have is that I want to be able to write my papers and do good on them without having any help from my professors or teachers. Because I find myself kind of relying on them for help to tell me what to write because I need a little more guidance than the average person. So, I want to work on being able to write a paper on my own and not having to rely on my professors for help. How I'm going to achieve this goal is that by hopefully going to class and doing all the work and getting some one on one help with the professor. I become a better reader, better writer and more effective communicator. Because my communication skills also need work as well.