This semester has been a minute. You know what I mean? But you will learn so much and feel so much and explore so much all at the same time. This course is truly eye-opening and extremely challenging. It pushes you farther than you thought possible. As a business major, I came into this course confused as to why there was not more structure or pressure or any sort of competitive atmosphere. It honestly was uncomfortable at first because everything was different and open and vulnerable. That being said, I think this class is exactly what I needed. Junior year everything becomes so real – you are no longer a naiive underclassmen. You are supposed to LEAD the leaders and best. Um, what? That’s a lot of pressure! But this course allowed me to become that naiive, doe-eyed and curious freshman once again. I saw everything in a new light and began to explore parts of my creativity and interests I didn’t even know existed.
My advice to you is keep an open mind. You might think you have everything figured out, or that the minor in writing is perfect for you or your resume, or that this will be an easy class because writing comes easily to you. Maybe one or all of those are true – but that’s not what is important. I would have to say that I came into this class with all three of those thoughts. And here I am, sitting writing this blog post in the wee hours of the morning because life is so busy and challenging and exciting all at the same time. None of those things came true. And I’m so glad they didn’t.
My advice to you is to challenge yourself. Don’t take the easy road. Take on the documentary film project, or podcast, or whatever it is that this remediation project leads you to do. In the moment challenging yourself is hard and pushes you over the edge and you think you might never sleep or breathe or blink again, but it is so worth it. It is.
My advice to you is to feel okay with not being okay. There have been several points in this course where I am just NOT sure or okay with what I am producing as a writer. This not-okay feeling is okay. I promise. It means you are being open-minded and challenging yourself.
Most of all, though, you got this. Go you. Do you. Be you. And enjoy everything Writing 220 throws at you.