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By- Shirley Yang 

  • Why you coming here every week to practice writing? How’s the experience writing with other peers as well as professionals?

 

At the beginning of my freshman year, I was worried about my writing class. My classmates are all American, the first language user. Every time when the professors asked us to write something, I was frowning because I was hardly ever write down more than few lines while my classmates already have done one page. I told my concern to my professor. Luckily, she recommended me go to this place to meet Kristen. After class, I came back to home and sent her an email right away.

 

When I met with Kristen, I realize the writing community is such a great place to practice writing. In China, we have this saying, “practice makes perfect”. After I came here several times, I feel writing session is the place where I can practice my weakness to improve my writing skills. After I finished my writing piece, everyone will read aloud, I feel when I read them, sometimes, I could automatically correct mistakes by myself. That’s the nice thing when I practice more. Another reason I wanna mention is most of my peers in the writing community are international students. When I practice writing with my peers, I don’t have too much pressure unlike my American classmates. Sometimes, students from other culture group may offer an unique idea.

 

  • What’s the motivation you post online? Some students feel fear about posting online.

 

Actually, I don’t really feel fear when others see my posting online. I think it’s a place to share your work. It’s a place to recognize my writing. I have written so many posts so far. Some of them are about my class experiences, some of them are about culture differences. One post was even about how I was shocked about the way american eat veggies. It’s  a casual place to express my ideas from a different perspective.

 

  • How work online impact other students?

The impacts can be different forms. For example, it may encourage more students like us to work online. Hopefully, they will join us. Also, the posting content could give readers a view about how other students think about JMU or America overall. I remember one day, my friend said to me that she read my writing online on the blog. She said it’s a great post. I suddenly feel a sense of accomplishments. That encourage me to practice more.