My writing skills. I never thought much about it until high school. I used to write in my diary everyday and allowed myself to “free write” without judgment. I loved it. Then in high school, after not taking English class seriously because we had a long-term sub, I missed out on some key writing pointers like where to put particular punctuations, how to best phrase something, etc. And since English is my second language, I think it set me back further. Once I entered 11th grade, English class became more serious because of college applications, Advanced Placement (AP) English class eligibility, and which level English class colleges wanted to place me in as a first year undergrad. It was during these several years did others’ assessment of my writing skills waver. My 11th grade English teacher didn’t fancy my writing, so as a result closed the door to me being in AP English. Her subjective assessment in turn stomped on my writing confidence and I actually began dreading this subject. Then when I completed a writing sample to be placed in a particular level in college, I was placed in the below average class. Never in my life have I been at that level; I was typically in above average to AP. So of course this made me insecure about my writing skills. In college, I had a professor who loved my writing and would give me the highest scores in the class. (And he was hard to please!!) Weird, right? How does it shift like that to have someone rave about my writing? Thankfully this boosted me up again although it confused me. Ever since my college days of English courses, I have continually been met with positive feedback on my writing, whether it is research style writing, story telling, or general writing. I’ve come to the point now that I’m comfortable with however I write. I don’t let others’ assessments of my skills hold me back, especially now since blogging is all about writing, haha. My writing is what it is; I can always improve it, but at the end of the day, you understand what I’m trying to say even if I’ve made up my own way of using -,;(), etc.
What skills have others assessed you on that impacted you positively and/or negatively?