I have concluded that I have learned far more about myself and my thinking and work ethic this year in AP Lang than how to write well. This is not to say that AP Lang has not built my skills as a writer– establishing my point more effectively, analyzing documents more efficiently, learning words I didn’t know the meanings of prior. But through those processes I have realized that in order to be a good writer, I must know how to think independently and form my own opinions.
From Othello to Gatsby, the reading I have done has not only shaped my opinions towards literature (for both better and worse), but in some ways if has shaped my worldview. Nick Carraway taught me how to identify a gay man when I read one, Iago demonstrated how to be sneaky and evil, and Nathaniel Hawthorne has given a wonderful example on how to be an extremely cumbersome and oppressively descriptive writer. Seeing as these are all useful life skills, I’ve got to say that AP Lang has seriously prepared me for the real world.
But on a more serious note, I have grown in my ability to form and hold an argument. In the ever growing world of idiots and extremist views, it can be difficult to not become lost in a sea of irrelevant information and opinionated jerks. But regardless of how we feel towards people and their opinions, we must form opinions for ourselves. It is so easy to take information at face value and just accept other’s ideas as our own. But to survive in the politically incorrect society we are currently a part of, we need to hold to our value, and not be bullied away from the truth by those who can talk louder than us. Sorry to get all preachy on you innocent people, but rather than telling you what you need to know, I’m kind of just recapping my (super independent, original) thoughts over the past year, that would not have been facilitated if not for this class.
Will I ever stop being an annoyingly wordy writer? Probably not. Has AP Lang helped me with that? Not really. But was it an impactful part of my life that has pushed me to what I thought were my phycological and annoyance threshold? Absolutely (I’m looking at you Mr. ThatWasAwkward).