As a high school student I read the bare minimum to get by in each class. As a writer, I usually copied word for word out of books or magazines to write my papers. Now that I'm in college I want to learn and do the best that I can for my money. I've learned many different reading techniques to help me understand literature better. Also, my first semester at Missouri Western has made me write many types of essays, which led me to become a better writer. The reader and writer I was in high school has dramatically changed since I've been in college.