My first and major piece of advice for future homies within the Minor in Writing is to take advantage of how open ended the assignments are! Taking advantage and at the same time being grateful for the repurposing and remediation projects (because this doesn’t come around so often). This kind’ve manifests itself in a couple ways for me, and I’m assuming it will for you too:
ONE. You can do what you want. You can write about what actually interests you! School doesn’t let you do that all that often, but this class does. You get to choose your genre, choose your platform, and choose your topic, over which you may project your unique self and your ideas. It is really cool, and makes for some final projects that you can and should be really proud of. The work you’ll produce in this class can be meaningful and worthwhile. If you know that you want to learn more about a certain thing, or maybe that you want to have a greater body of work in this specific area, you can get right to it. Or maybe you have no idea… then you can explore themes in your life that interest you. Or something else I haven’t thought of for this blog entry, but that’s the beauty of it all.
TWO. You can do it the way you want. That speaks for itself. Envision the project how you want it and get it done. It’s exciting to work on things that are truly, authentically, yours.
Be conscious of your learning. Reflect on what you write and how you write. Reflect on how effective your writing is and how effectively you project your voice through different styles and genres. This is the extra step that will help you really grow as a writer.
Go to office hours. And also go meet other Writing professors. Go to the sweetland website and make an appointment, then go into Sweetland and meet a really cool, smart, and helpful person! They all seem to really care about what they do and what the students are doing. They care so much about your learning and your interests! So go in and get to know them.
And speak in class. Have discussions on writing and what you like writing about. Speak your mind, agree and disagree, and just have honest conversations. Building good relationships and building trust with your peers will help you get the most out of peer review and peer groups. They are actually really helpful.