Torree Breann Sylvain
May 6, 2015
I have been a student at Penn Valley Community College, and over the course of my stay I have grown and learned more than I thought possible. I came to this school from North Kansas City High School already knowing that I wanted to be a Nursing Major. I had taken numerous Science courses and though I knew exactly what I was headed for but I was wrong. Going through Penn Valley English has taught me so much more than stuff about science and language, it has taught me how to be me. I have learned here how to write and express myself, how to think for myself, and how to find the answers to the things that I don't know. Most importantly I have learned how important things are and how they operate. Writing is one of the things I used to hate the most. I hate it when teachers would ask us to pass an essay. I hate it when I have to compete in writing contests because teachers asked me to. Nevertheless, winning in those contests boosted my self-confidence. I thought I hate writing but I am good at it so I started to like it a bit. Things changed when I had two writing classes in college. I realized I needed more practice with thinking and writing things down on paper as I thought them.
When I started at Penn Valley, I thought I was going to spend the next 2 1/2 years in hard core science classes, doing math problems and blowing things up. That was what I did in in my last year of high school honestly, so I didn't think it would be much different here. In most all my classes I did read, discuss, and write papers; however, I quickly found out that that there was so much more to it. One specific experience I had while at Penn Valley really shows how integrated this learning is. We had a great time and we learned so much more than we ever could have done from writing a paper. The opportunity to do that showed me that there are so many ways that one can learn that are both fun and...