If you are reading this, you have elected to be bold (or crazy) enough to minor in writing here at the University of Michigan. Congrats, dude! As someone who just survived the gateway course that will introduce you to the rest of your minor, I am writing this blog post (under direct orders) to give you some words of wisdom. So, from one writer to another, here are the three main things I’ve learned this semester that I would like to pass onto you, the future generation of the writing minor.
1. Think big. The projects you will be assigned give you a lot of room to use not only your imagination but a great deal of on campus resources. USE THEM. You won’t regret it. Your project will be insanely awesome and you’ll have a lot of fun making it. Remember: It’s always better to overshoot than to underachieve so keep that in mind.
2. Don’t be shy with your writing. Especially for the first project, the more honest and real you are with yourself about your writing the more it will benefit you in the long run. Be bold, be brave. Try something new. You will got a lot more out of each assignment that way. It also makes for a better story later.
3. Make friends. Believe it or not, you and the people in that classroom are going to have a lot in common. Don’t fret, it’s always awkward in the beginning but speak up! Talk to the kid next to you. Raise your hand in class. Tell someone they have a great idea for their project. Trust me, you’ll won’t regret it.
Basically, have fun with it. You are in this program by choice, so make the most out of it. Now go get ’em tiger.