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23 March 2015

Immersed in Writing

Over the past two weeks I attended a workshop at my university focused on writing, and it was a great experience. What I want to say is that if you have the chance to learn something for free then definitely seize that opportunity!

The workshop was supposed to enhance essay-writing skills and exercise a bit of creative writing as well. But personally, it also boosted my self-esteem. When I started attending the training, I realised I hadn't been pushed out of my comfort zone for a long time; it felt scary but also exciting. And as the course went on I became accustomed to it and saw my improvements.

Our tutors were very interesting individuals I was glad to work with. To be able to be taught by two award-winning writers sounded very exciting to me and it definitely was, but not in the way I had expected. For the entire course, they were friendly and talked to us just like other students would have done, something that doesn't always happen with your real tutors.

You might be wondering what I have actually learnt from the course, and the answer is, a lot! Besides study skills, I learnt that writing is primary (or at least it is for me, and apparently I needed someone else to remind me), that we have to work hard to achieve our goals and that learning is a long and gradual process. These are all well known clich├ęs but I like to reflect on them from time to time.

Most people might find it strange for me to reflect on an academic activity on my blog when I could be writing about more fun content like films or TV series, etc., but I believe that you need to find time for both. I am an avid learner and will always be. So when you have some time, grab a book; watch a documentary; follow a course on writing. It will always be worth it. After all, "Once you stop learning, you start dying" (Einstein).

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