_Medicago sativa L.
_ This essay was my first true challenge in college writing. I wrote this paper for a plant and soil sciences class. We were told at the beginning of the semester we were going to be writing a ten-page paper that we would gradually work on throughout the semester. We were able to choose out topic but it has to be about a crop. Again, with my livestock background I thought the best crop to write ten pages of information about would be alfalfa also known as, Medicago sativa L. Much to my dismay, we were given a list of subtitles that had to be included into the paper. Very quickly, I realized this paper was going to be a very long and boring paper. I did however look forward to writing one of my first papers for a class other an English or Composition. I chose to include this paper into my portfolio because it was very challenging to write that much information, on a plant. Before this paper I never had the opportunity to write a paper like this. I received at “A” on this paper although I had a hard time following the guidelines of what should be put into the paper. Surprisingly I did enjoy having those guidelines; I have found it is much easier for me to write when I have a path to stay on. Having such an extensive length requirement made it extremely hard to restrain from adding fluff but at the same time have ten pages about alfalfa. It was also very difficult to put the information into my own words. This paper was written using a lot of research, facts and statistics, which made it a struggle to add any spice.