I think that my portfolio shows how I have progressed as a writer and a student in my freshman year. I think it shows how I have not only improved my writing style and skills, but how my work ethic has improved from a minimal amount of effort on my magazine, to a much more developed and thought through 2nd and 3rd benchmark. In English class, I feel like reading and understanding what I read is something that came very easily to me. Writing, however, is something I have always struggled with. I have a tendency to decide something is "good enough", but in reality, it could be much better. This is something I have improved this year in English, but I still have some work to do in that aspect. While making this portfolio, I saw all my old work, and I was able to see how much I improved this year. Occasionally I would come across something that I thought needed a lot of work, but that wasn't a huge problem, because I could just find each problem easily and correct it. I think my favorite thing that I wrote this year in English was my vignette piece, the 2nd quarter benchmark. I was especially proud of this piece because what I struggled with the most in English is writing about myself. I don't have problems when I'm analyzing something someone else wrote, or writing a short story, but when I write something like a vignette, I spend a lot of time deleting entire sections because I don't like what I've written. In the vignette, not only was I happy with what I had written, but I got a good grade, which is something that I was very proud of because it was a project involving something that I had always struggled with throughout my life as a student.