I struggled mightily in trying to come up with a piece of writing of mine to repurpose, and I think that most of this stemmed from how unfamiliar I am with the concept of repurposing. But through talking with Shelley and Eli in class, and reading the assignment prompt about 45 times, I finally gained an understanding of what was being asked of me. And now, I think I have a killer idea.
I often become a little too attached to my work, and [erroneously] think it’s absolutely perfect when finished, but irrationality aside, I was not interested in repurposing any of my more recent works. But I’m a fairly dynamic individual, and realize that I was a real dummy in high school, and at that, a dummy who wrote things down so they could be saved forever. So, I started digging through my ghost of hard-drive past and stumbled upon some of my worst writing to date: college essays.
My plan is take the absolute worst one, which will most likely be “Why Penn” (a school which I was rightfully denied acceptance to), and repurpose it to an audience of college-bound high schoolers under the following premise: How to Not Write a College Essay.
The Penn essay is laughable and provides me with a plethora of opportunities to make fun of myself, and more importantly, help college essay writers of the future not make the same mistakes I did. I’m not quite sure how I’m going to do this yet, but my initial idea is to act as an employee in the Penn Admissions Office reviewing the essay. The project I will ultimately turn in will be the original document amended with a sea of red ink that will be my “admissions officer” comments.
These are all relatively new ideas so they’re a little half-baked, but I’m pretty excited with what I have so far, and I’m looking forward to improving upon everything in workshop tomorrow.