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My writing was just not that great at times before attending college - ironically, when I took a philosophy summer class the summer before the semester started, everything just clicked and I suddenly started to be able to write pretty well.

So it wasn't the content per se?

Part of it was that I often struggled on open-ended essays like college essays back then - I always felt that the questions/topics were contrived and made it harder for me to find something to write about.

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