Throughout high school, all of my writing courses were actually English classes, not strictly writing. This meant they were mostly focused on reading, with a few essays based on those books. These English classes were often very difficult for me, especially reading quizzes. After reading about four chapters of a book, we would have a reading quiz in class about details of what we read, simply to make sure we are doing the reading. I always read the books, but for some reason I could never remember those minuscule details the next day. It was very frustrating for me because I was doing the work, trying very hard, and still getting low grades. In general, this class structure caused me to resent my English courses. I wish that I had been allowed to read at my own pace and for my own enjoyment, instead of reading while thinking, “This sounds like something there would be a quiz question on so I had better pay special attention to this paragraph.” If I didn’t have to worry like this, I probably would have grown to enjoy and appreciate English and writing classes more. Especially for the essays based off of the books we read, I wish I had been allowed to write about the books as I please, obviously still with correct grammar, but with my own voice. Constantly catering to teachers and classes prevented me from truly enjoying and learning in my writing classes.