May, 1999: Final Exam
Crossing the Finishline With An A
Each person has his or her own way of going about the writing process. I find that if you relate writing to something you like to do, then maybe it won't be as complicated as some teachers like to make it seem. When I write a paper or an essay, I like to think of it as running a 400-meter run (or one lap around the track). The goal is to make it to the finishline in first place. First place would be receiving an A. An A+ would be breaking the school record.
The first thing I do on race day is relax and think about what I have to do to finish in first place. By going over my goals in my mind, I begin to visualize what needs to be done. As I finish stretching, my Coach gives me last minute advice, "Don't forget your goal and don't run like everyone else runs, you have to find your own way to run and stick with what works for you."
Before you know it, the Coach is calling all the runners to their lanes. Getting set in my lane is like getting out the pencil and paper to begin to write. Before the race begins, I go over my goals for the last time. As the tension builds up, the adrenaline begins to flow through my body, right down to my fingertips. Suddenly, the Coach shouts, "On your mark…get set…GO!" and we take off like bolts of lightning.
In order to run a good race, you have to keep your mind on what you're doing and not stray away from your goal. The first straightaway is a long one. Instead of looking at the back of the person in front of me, I try to concentrate on what I'm doing and not get side tracked. After the body of the race is completed, it appears that I'm in a good position for first place. Suddenly, out of nowhere, a runner passes me by and takes the lead. After thinking of a way to overcome my runner's block, I decide to go around her after the last curve. To her surprise, I take her on the outside and regain control of the race.
After this exhausting act, there's nothing else to do but to go in for the kill. Coming up on the conclusion of the race, I can clearly see the finishline. And instead of being tired, I get one last rush of adrenaline that kicks me into overdrive. As the finishline comes closer and closer, I know for a fact that this race is over, first place is mine.
After running the race, I have something to be proud of; I have worked hard for first place and the work was all my own. With some additional tips from my Coach, Coach D., to make sure I cross the finishline without any flaws. Writing is like a race to me. Since this method works, I’ll stick with it, just as long as it keeps me crossing the finishline in first place.
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