This class is almost so open-ended that it’s hard to give advice. Your experience is almost guaranteed to be entirely different from my experience because you will end up choosing different genres and media for your repurposing and remediation projects. The best advice I can give is to find enjoyment in your assignments!
First, don’t let the little assignments bog you down. Before this class, I was not a fan of blogging. I had previously blogged in a high school journalism class and I felt like all my peers were judging me every time I made a comment. However, the environment in this class was very different. My peers were encouraging rather than judgmental, and this lessened my anxiety toward publishing my words on the internet for all to see. What initially seemed like busy work served as yet another creative outlet. By the end I slowly started finding my voice and was able to add humor into my posts, which made them more enjoyable to write. I think if the class had gone on longer I would have developed an even stronger voice. So don’t let blog prompts stress you out! Think of them as a productive study-break from your other classes and just be yourself without worrying about what you sound like to others.
Second, don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone for your repurposing and remediation project. Since this class is so open-ended, why not try a genre you’ve never tried before instead of sticking to something that you know? My strength has always been writing analytical essays, but creating an analytical piece for my repurposing project would have been boring. Instead I created a work of creative non-fiction modeled after a piece from the New Yorker. In the end, the fact that I enjoyed what I was doing made the work less daunting and less stressful. The same goes for the remediation project. Although certain genres will be extremely difficult if you’ve never tried them before, challenging yourself will still be worthwhile because in the end you’ll feel proud of your work. For example, I used InDesign to create a brochure from scratch (i.e. without the aid of templates such as the one I used for my ePortfolio). Formatting was hard, but in the end I was very satisfied with my work because it was all completely mine. If you have the time, I would highly recommend taking the challenge of trying something new.
Lastly, don’t forget to reflect on the progress you make along the way. I chose to minor in writing so that I could improve my writing skills. However, this class focuses more on crafting projects than actually working on grammar and sentence-level editing. If you came into the minor with the same expectations as me, remember that you are improving your writing skills through this class even if you don’t realize it. Just by actively writing every day and trying new forms of writing you are gaining so many new skills. The best way to improve a skill is to practice, and there’s certainly no shortage of writing practice in this class. You can take other classes for the minor that focus more on writing skills, so just enjoy this class for what it is while you’re in it.
I hope my advice helps! Good luck with the minor!