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KimberlyMendoza
December8,2015
ProfessorBeadle
English113A
ReflectiveEssay
InHighschool,IalwaystriedtochallengemyselfbytakingAPEnglishcourses
becauseEnglishwasnevermystrongestsubject.Comingtocollege,IexpectedEnglish
tobecomelessoverwhelmingbecauseIfeltliketakingchallengingEnglishcoursesgave
meaglimpseofcollegeEnglishstandards.Throughoutmyfirstsemesterofcollege,I
didntscoreaswellonthefirstfewessaysIwrote.Iwasdisappointedinmyselfbecause
IknewIwascapableinwritingessays.Especiallygivenaninterestingsubject,gender
rolesinoursociety.ItookadvantageofhoweasyHighSchoolwascomparedtocollege
levelEnglish.WhenIstartedtoreceivedlowscoresonmypapers,IknewIhadtopush
myselftobecomeabetterwriter.Mygrammarwasneveranissuewhenwritingatypical
essay,mymainissueisexpandingmyideasandgoingindepthwiththepoint.IbelieveI
hadthepotentialtoscorebetteronthefuturepapersassignedandIdid.Ididntscore
perfectonthenextcoupleessaysbutIimprovedandthatswhatmoreimportanttome.
Comparingmyessaysfromthebeginningtohowmyrecentessaysshowshuge
improvement.Iwentindepthwiththetopicandsinceitwasinterestingtotalkabout,It
pushedmetothinkmuchdeeper.didntknowtherewassomuchmoreaboutgender
thatcaughtmyattentioninwantingtokeeplearningaboutit.Iviewedgenderasa

simpleaspectinoursociety.
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Ididntknowtherewasmoreintothesubjectasinreallynarrowingdownthe
ideaofgenderroles.Iwascluelessabouthowfemaleswerebeingdiscriminated
becauseofthesizeoftheirbrain.Thatmenweremorecapablebecausescientists
believedtheyweresmarter.Thatitwasproventhatmenwerephysically,
emotionally,andmentallystronger.ReadingMs.Marvelalsohelpedmeencounter
theideaofgenderrolesbeingplayed.Ilearnedthatbeingafemalesuperherowas
seenmuchmoredifferentlythanbeingamalesuperhero.Femaleplayingsucha
masculinerolewasindisguiseahugedealinsocietybecausewomenarentas
capable.Wemaynotnoticebutgenderdiscriminationisdisplayedeverywherebut
itsnotanaturalreflexforustothinksomesituationsarentfairbecausewewere
raisetoviewthemasinthecorrectformofmatter.
Mycriticalthinkingandwritingskillshadstronglydevelopedbecauseofthis
class.Myfirstsemesterofcollegewastoughnotbeingfamiliarwiththecollege
standards.Takingthiscoursehadnotonlyimprovedmywritingskills,butitreally
changedmyperspectiveaboutgender.Imgratefulforaprofessorwhotriesto
reachouttotheclassandwhoisveryclearwithwhatheislookingforinour
assignments.IamalsogratefulforSIbecauseitgavemeavoicetoexposemyideas
oneachtopicwerediscussing.Notonlydidheguidemethrougheachessay,healso
gavetheclassagoodpushtogetthrougheachclass.Beingafreshmenisnteasy
especiallynotbeingfamiliarwiththenewenvironment.Manyofusjustmovedfrom

homeandsometimesitisnteasytoconcentrateandgiveyourbestwhenyouare
missinghome.ThisclassalwaysgavemecomfortwhenIneededtosharemyideas
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andthoughtsandnotonlydiditimprovemystrengthformyweakestsubject,it
helpedmecreateunforgettablefriendships.