English 111 has proven to be a challenging course for me. I found the pace to be faster than that of the high school classes that I’m accustomed to. In the start of the semester, I had been overly concerned about taking an English course, because it is a relatively hard subject for me. Considering my learning disabilities, not to mention the overall concern about passing the portfolio at the end and I was bracing for the worst. The goals associated with the course include annotating, summarizing, quoting, rhetorical situations, problematizing, critical thinking and analyzing. Instead of grappling alone with my ideas and the course curriculum, I got involved in the discussions within my classroom. Class participation helped me achieved my goals. In class, I was able to make a chart of our classroom articles, and better understand what I was reading, as well as the academic audience I was writing for. When compiling data for my AMS paper, I had no problem deciding on my topic because I was taught how to problematize the issues presented in my articles. However, writing the AMS essay proved to be challenging. I had to take everything I had learned in class and put it on paper. Sitting for long periods of time and collecting ideas of my own to write the paper was the most difficult part. I strongly believe I have changed as an academic writer, through critical thinking I was able to stay focused, and therefore becoming the writer I knew deep down I could be. I have personally transformed as a writer by pushing myself to complete the challenges presented to me throughout this course.