Life and education specifically is certainly an experience. I use the word “experience” in the way that Randy Pausch used it in his famous Last Lecture, where he said that “Experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted.” The first few weeks of freshman year in London College was a whole bunch of not getting what I wanted. Not getting professors as easy as teachers I had come across in school, not achieving the grades I strived for, and not reaching my expectations. Thats just a massive amount of experience right there. But as Randy Pausch said about experience in his Last Lecture, “Experience is often the most valuable thing you have to offer.” The experiences and memories in the field of education are priceless.
In high school I considered myself ingenious as things came in efficiently where nothing was too much of a challenge for me. Therefore, coming to London College, I did not expect things would escalate quickly into becoming much harder. A discrepancy is often made between general English, and English for Academic Purposes. I for one new that English covers more than the four skills which are: Reading, writing, Listening, and Speaking, but I never knew how much work in depth must be consummated in EAP. At their most basic, academic and general English indicate to formal and informal English. Academic English concerns itself with the proper way of speaking, writing, and places heavier emphasis on grammar, but considered a tougher standard to meet, academic English refers more to those in pursuance of opportunities in more advanced level of education.
Moreover, from my experience with my college level English class, I learned lots, both scholarly and noncollegiately. I have come to find out that I have improved drastically with my writing skills, since I have always though writing comes within forms and types not knowing what I have been taught. I have come to realize that writing formally and informally both needs thinking outside of the box, and having to be passionate about the topics and arguments you write about. Event though some topics are given, and at some times wont feel so familiar, step by step into working it out it will feel more doable and even possibly enjoyable. Everyone wants to be able to succeed, but that rarely happens unless they have fun in what they’re doing. “Success in life comes when you simply refuse to give up, with goals so strong that obstacles, failure and loss only act as motivation.”-Unknown.