The first week of AP Lit is over and I can honestly say that I have really been enjoying the class. I didn’t think I would, but I look forward to coming in every morning. This week we concentrated on ourselves as readers and writers, while simultaneously getting back into the motion of school. We started doing creative writing as well. I really like the way we do it in this class opposed to how it has been done before in other classes I’ve had. It is nice to write entirely freely, without anything holding me back from getting my thoughts written down. Everything I write is for my own purpose and I don’t have to let anyone see until I look back and revise. Another thing that I really like about this week is having actual, knowledgeable conversations with the people I sit next to. After writing the “Me as a Writer/Reader” and watching the video of college students talking about their own experiences, I was able to have good discussions with the people around me. We were able to talk about our own struggles and triumphs through reading and writing only to find out that we all have many similarities. It isn't just with the people next to us but also with the entire class. I love how the class is very peer based and that we all feel comfortable to talk with one another about any topic. Besides all of that, I also love having poetry read at the beginning of class, and even reading the assigned books (because they’re actually good!) I am excited for the rest of the year and look forward to learning more about literature while improving in how I read and write!
Lastly, to recap the summer reading as a little side note, I very much enjoyed each book that I read. "The Waves", "Caramelo", and even "How to Read Literature Like a Professor" were all very good. Something that really stood out to me in that last book was a little poem by Christina Rossetti called "An Echo from Willow-Wood". It doesn't have much relevance to the other part of my blog, but I though it was cool and wanted to share it!