In high school I wasn’t a great writer, but I wasn’t bad. In retrospect I realized I had a natural ability to write, but I was never really taught grammar well (the teaching methods of the 1970s were horrible), and I have to admit I didn’t push myself to do so. I certainly pushed myself in the sciences and math, but I kind of somewhat looked down on writing. Somehow I still got good enough grades. But when I made it to college, the acceptance criteria was upped a notch or two. I wasn’t getting passed along. In time I did learn to write, and hopefully I write a lot better than that freshman twit.
I really got a kick out of this quote I just came across:
I am returning this otherwise good typing paper to you because someone has printed gibberish all over it and put your name at the top.
~English Professor (Name Unknown), Ohio University
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