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364. You Can See Yourself in Your Writing

Jang, Su-jeong 기자2016.11.07 12:29:21

We live in an age of self-expression. We can express ourselves and communicate with a variety of people easily through social media, blogs, and instant messaging applications. However, we are not likely to have enough time to ‘communicate with ourselves’. What is communication? Is it simply talking to yourself? This can be true, but there is a more effective way to go on a journey of self-discovery: write down what you think.


Some students may think that writing an essay is only for taking a test or sharing with someone else, but you do not have to write things in order to show them to other people. This personal writing is fully meaningful as it is. One thing you should know is, writing an essay is different from writing a diary. The latter uses a stream of consciousness, but the former sticks to only one topic. Being curious about life, you will realize there are lots of writing topics around you. You can choose any topic you want to think about deeply, and then express your thoughts honestly in written words.

Writing an essay has many good points as we are well aware. Among them, I want to discuss how we can get to know ourselves better. Writing is not just putting some words on a paper or a screen, but communicating with yourself. Writing an essay is an outcome of your thinking and a record of you. It helps you find what you think, what your value is, and what you want to do, which may make you motivated as well. Furthermore, it will improve your thinking ability and writing skills. You should take time to think over how to express yourself, because it is not easy to transfer something in your subconscious into concrete words.

When I became a freshman, I felt free, though I had many worries and obscure fears at the same time. To overcome these, I decided to write some essays as a form of journal therapy. At that time, being deep in thought, I wrote more than 50 short essays and expressed what was on my mind. One of them was about what I would do on campus. Through the writing, I recalled that I had wanted to be a student reporter when I was in high school. Therefore, I decided to be a reporter with The KNU Times, which I had read twice. If I had not written these essays, I would not have had my great experiences with The KNU Times.

 

Many students spend much time on doing their assignments and reviewing what they learned, but they do not tend to write their own essays. It is important to understand what is inside of yourself as well as study what is outside you. In addition, writing is not only for those who have a talent for it. Louis L' Amour, an American novelist and short story writer said, “Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.” I want to rephrase what he said in a different way: Turn on your writing faucet, and you will see yourself in the water!

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