1. How do you feel about writing in your first language compared to writing in English.
I feel more comfortable with the former, absolutely. Specifically, when I write something in English, I write them in Korean, in my head in advance, and then translate them into English. Teachers say it is a very bad habit which I should break. I agree with them. Thinking in English, however, is still very difficult to me.
2. When you are writing a paper for a class, do you try to please yourself or the teacher? Explain.
I try to please both of them, however, I try to please the professor more. The biggest and the simplest reason is because it is more than just a paper, it is an assignment, which means it affects my credit. (Credit is always important, sadly)
For the assignments, I tend to choose safer way, which can sound a little vague. So I will explain it.
I have some interesting stories in my head, however I don't know how to write them in English, and then I throw them away. I just try to come up with some stories that are easier to express in English. It maybe can sound pathetic. I know I shouldn't, but I did, and I am probably doing now in this writing. Actually whenever I should make a story that has vocabularies and grammars that I know, I feel miserable.
In the future, I will try to make a paper that pleases me also please the professor.
3. Have you ever done any writing for yourself only – letters to friends or relatives, journals, diaries, poems? If so, explain how this writing was different from the writing you did for school assignments.
I'm keeping a diary these days. I will introduce some differences between diaries and other writings for homework.
First, diaries give me less pressure, specifically about grammars, vocabularies, whether it sounds natural, and many things.
Second, diary takes me less time even if I write it a lot longer than assignments. When I write for assignments, I should check even one sentence, several times.
Third, I often see my previous entries, but never see my previous assignments. Because they just reminds me of stress at that time.
Last, I keep a diary to show to me, but do assignments to show to others.