Firstly, welcome to the writing minor! Congratulations on being accepted to join fellow peers who care deeply about writing, as I’m share you do too. The writing minor is different in many ways from other programs. It frees you of restrictions and constraints of other classes. It does not demand stringent requirements and tedious exercise and yet it can pull out profound potential that you have yet to discover. As much as you put into this minor, you will receive even more. So I encourage you to do a few things.
- Invest yourself fully.
Do not cheat yourself of this opportunity to become the best version of your writing self. Put your creative efforts into this class and enable yourself to reap the benefits.
- Engage with your peers.
You are going to be immersed in a community of talented creators. They are incredible resources so take advantage of the opportunities to learn from them.
- Share your writing.
The writing minor gives you multiple platforms to share your writing. From the blog to the eportfolio, you have the opportunity to show your work to the other minor in writing community members. The feedback you receive from the community will be invaluable in moving forward.
- Meet with your instructor.
It will become abundantly clear early on in your writing minor experience that your professors and instructors care deeply about your growth. Be sure to meet with them and learn from their experience and advice how to best improve your writing and work.
- Don’t compartmentalize your experience.
You will soon realize the lessons you learn in the writing minor span far beyond the gateway course. Do not box these lessons into the confines of a classroom. Let the lessons you learn throughout your creative process seep into your work in other classes and outside of the academic realm. Challenge yourself to set goals for your writing outside of the minor and use the tools within the minor to reach them.
These are just a few pieces of advice that will help you delve into the incredible community and resources of the writing minor. Do not limit yourself and keep in mind that it will be over before you know it! I feel as if I was just reading the advice on the blog and suddenly I am giving it. Enjoy your time in the minor but be sure to seize opportunities to improve and engage.