I am still in shock that I am writing this blog post. It feels like just yesterday we were talking about our proposals for our remediation project. The Gateway writing course has taught me a tremendous amount about myself as a person and as a writer. Here are a few pieces of advice that I have to share from what I learned!
1. Be present! It is easy to check out in any class, but being present in Writing 220 is not only important but beneficial. You will be surprised how in depth topics get and how fun it is to talk with your fellow classmates about something as simple as “what is writing?” You will soon learn that the question of “what is writing” is much more complex than you would think.
2. Write about topics you are passionate about! This is the first time in an academic course I felt like I had freedom. The repurposing and remediation project last the entire semester so it is important to write about something you can get excited about and want to continue perusing for a whole semester.
3. Get to know your classmates. Although the writing is solo, you will have a lot of interaction with your classmates. The peer review process was extremely helpful and was a great way to connect with different writers. My favorite part of this process was that everyone was essentially doing a different project, so it allowed you to take a step back from your own work and relate your own challenges with a completely different topic and medium of writing.
4. Have fun! This is a great opportunity to explore who you are as a writer. Writing was never my favorite subject and always proved to be a challenge. However, this class has broken the fear I have had with academic writing and allowed me to explore what is amazing about writing! So just have fun!
I hope you enjoy the Writing Gateway course as much as I did!