Hi, my name is Mary Tenesaca (she/her). I intend to major in Biology and minor in Political Science.
As I commence my journey at Lehman College, I’m definitely excited to learn, explore, and grow in many of my classes. Hence, I’m interested in how we’ll be able to write about different topics like political and cultural issues. I know I’ll even enjoy raising social awareness through our responses. Also, the only thing that is nerve-wracking is having grammatical errors and not getting my point across in assignments.
In regards to assignments in our course schedule, I am interested in the video, “Writing a literacy Narrative” Lecture and Amy Tan’s story “Mother Tongue”. I remember reading “Mother Tongue” in high school and relating so much to what she said about “broken” English. As a first-generation Latina, I had to help my mother understand and learn English. Moreover, I remember and felt the embarrassment Tan explained in her writing. Hence, my mother and parents in general, are like the primary visual or image of your family. So, they reflect on how the family functions and what status they have in society. Therefore, when someone speaks “broken” English in public places like supermarkets, they are seen as inferior and or not taken seriously. Due to this, it supplied Tan, and my younger self, to feel ashamed. Anyhow, I’m wondering what type of responses my peers might have on Amy Tan’s work.
After reading “Composition as a Write of Passage,” I think qualities of good writing must follow a particular formula. I think writing should stay on topic, be well structured/organized, zero grammatical errors, and have the author’s voice portrayed. To acconplish all these aspects of writing, I think one must practice writing with a variety of styles like argumentative, narrative, persuasive, and even free writing. But, a critical thing is always to have someone look at your work. So, being able to handle criticism, even if you do or don’t agree with it.
Writing has been part of my whole K-12 education. So throughout the years, I believe I’m well at organically structuring my essays. Additionally, I think I’m good at analyzing, identifying, and explaining evidence to support a claim. But, I think maybe I could be better at editing my essays like knowing the correct writing conventions. If I can apply this, then it can help me in future writing pieces.
The future feels far, but I know that becoming a PA involves writing. I think I’ll be writing scientific journals and research papers. These types of pieces require the report to be clear and well organized. Especially if your explaining data or any kind of results from a study. Plus, being able to portray your ideas and thoughts clearly, helps in a team-based environment where I defiently see myself working in.