After reading Philip Lopate’s “Introduction on the Qualities of the Personal Essay,” I am more eager and excited to get started on the future assignments of this course. One of the qualities that Lopate mentions in his piece is the idea of self-discovery in writing a personal essay. One of the main reasons I took this course was to not only improve my writing, but to better understand myself. I have often found that the hardest subject to write about is in fact, myself. I think the reason I have such a hard time writing about myself is because I still am in the process of figuring out who I am. My one hope for this course is that I indeed, embark on journey of self-discovery – that through my writing, I will begin to look inward and gain better understanding of my past, present and future. Hopefully, through my writing, I will also inspire others and give them something to relate to.
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