Personal Growth (in Writing)

I found this on my computer as I was cleaning it out and backing up things.

I wrote this 4 years ago when I was preparing to finish my high school portfolio.  It is about my story of growth with English and writing.  Hope you enjoy, I know it was interesting for me to read again


Personal Growth

Why do people always ask you about your growth over a period of time or after you complete something? It seems like such a monotonous question, but here I am again, answering the question of my growth. This time I am going to report on my growth as a writer over the years of my life. This is something I could go on and on about, because I have gone from the person who dreaded going to school because of spelling and writing, to a person who loves to write everyday. I am going to tell you how I have made the change from pure hatred to adoring love of English and all of its facets.

When I was little I struggled with English. I hated going to school, because I knew that we were going to have to work on spelling and writing. I was not good at them, so I did not want to go. The worst night of the week was Thursday night. This was the night my mom made me sit down and study for my Friday spelling test. I was not a happy camper as I was forced to sit down and practice all of the spelling words for that week. Thursday night would turn into Friday morning when I had to go to school and face the dreaded test. I remember coming home on multiple occasions crying because I had done horribly on my spelling test. This was the story of my life until about third grade.

Around third grade I started to like spelling and writing in school. I went from the student who dreaded spelling, writing, and anything to do with English to the student who loved it with a passion. It seems crazy that I made such a drastic change, but I know that it came from the support and encouragement of my parents and teachers. I also made the change because I started to realize that spelling and writing were important beyond just the Friday tests and simple sentences I started out writing. I began to see that the simple things were the basis of my first love, books.

As I started to make the connection between spelling and books, my attitude changed. English and everything that fell under it were the highlight of my days at school. I still was not a huge fan of writing, but it was growing on me each day. I had to take baby steps to get to the love of writing I posses today. I went on through middle school reading all the time. The love for reading I possessed would take me farther than anything. This love showed me the world outside. It allowed me to view the opportunities of the world around me.

I made another connection from the books I was reading, to a wonderful way of expressing myself. I started to express my thoughts and feelings through writing. This brought me to the person I am today. Now I write in my journal everyday. I spend this time writing to get out my frustrations, to remember my day, or to talk to God. It used to be hard for me to sit down and write a paper for class, but as a result of my growth, I no longer mind writing for my classes. I use the writing required in my classes as a way to tell people how I feel about the issues I am asked to write about.

Writing, it has gone from something I hated to something I make a point of doing everyday. I am so glad that I came to the realization that the facets of English are important and not horrible. I hope that you can see my growth, as a writer, has not come without a struggle. The struggles I have faced have made a wonderful impact on my life, and hopefully the lives of the people who read my writing.


It is crazy to me to see how much my love for writing has grown even since I wrote this piece.  As I went through college, I would choose writing papers over anything else.  Now I love to write and don’t even have to have a reason to pick up a pen and paper or my computer and start writing.  Crazy because I really was the kid who dreaded english and spelling tests in elementary school because I was horrible at spelling.  I am just glad that I have learned to enjoy writing.


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