Introducing, my capstone

The Writing minor gateway and capstone projects are daunting. They’ll require hours upon hours of research, revision, re-revision, etc. They’ll make you question your choices, perhaps doubt your ability to finish the task, but they will also inspire you. They’ll make you aim higher, work harder to achieve your goals. In the end, they are always rewarding if you put the effort in.

Here is the link to my capstone project. I hope anyone who visits it will find it useful in their own way. Feel free to contribute to the site as well using the last tab on the site.

chetalijain.wixsite.com/50ways

Bitter sweet

Minus the bumps in the road and the never ending change in timeline of this process, I am more than satisfied with the final outcome of my project site. Before beginning this course, I never in a million years thought that it would impact my life as much as it did. However, it is the sole reason that I was able to make an immense shift in my life in terms of technology. More specifically, it encouraged me to create a list of 15 ways to use technology less, and furthermore, act on them for 15 days straight. This experience changed my life for the better, and that is all thanks to the minor in writing.

Even though it is upsetting to think about the fact that my minor in writing experience has come to an end, I am happy to know that my project has the ability to improve others lives, just as it did to mine. I encourage all millennials who are reading this post to check out the link to my site below, and to try out my 15 challenges to disCONNECT!

Link to my project site: https://emilykorn4.wixsite.com/disconnect

What NOT to do.

After contemplating which project pitch I wanted to choose and finally coming to a decision, I felt immensely relieved. I thought the hardest part of the process was over, however, I soon realized that this was not the case.

The next step of the process was to create a timeline for the project. The actual making of the timeline was not the extremely difficult part, it was the sticking to the timeline that I began to struggle with. When creating the timeline, it was not very simple to predict my schedule for the remainder of the semester and take into account my commitments outside of this course. Life began to get in the way, and the deadlines I made for myself began to become unrealistic. This caused my timeline to be a continuous revision that I updated and changed multiple times throughout the semester.

Although I put a lot of time and effort into my original timeline, reflecting back on this process, I wish that I had devoted even more time to it. Taking the time to closely examine the dates of my other course deadlines, extra curricular activity events, and any friends and family commitments that I had during the semester, would have made it significantly easier for me to stick to my original deadlines.

DON’T PANIC !

I am a strong believer in signs.

During the second stage of the capstone process, I began to panic. It was time to choose ONE project pitch and turn it into a project proposal, yet I was still madly in love with each one of my ideas. I had absolutely zero clue how I was going to possibly pick only one of them. It was not until I heard a sermon given at Hillel on campus that I finally came to a decision. I was waiting and waiting for something to pull me towards one of my ideas, and this sermon was the sign I had been waiting for.

The sermon discussed the reality that social media has caused our society to lose our true selves, and ignore what actually matters in life. I have always wanted to change my social media and technology habits, but have never had enough motivation to do so. The combination of this speech and this capstone project were the motivation that I had been lacking.

That being said, my advice to future capstone students would be to not come into the semester with a set idea of exactly what you want to do for your capstone project. In my opinion, it is much better to approach this class with an open mindset, because you never know what other people or experiences will influence you to do.

Time flies

Wow— where did the time go!? The beginning of capstone feels like yesterday. I remember feeling overwhelmed, lost (which is completely normal for all of you future capstone students) but excited all at the same time.  However, there was a downside to my excitement. I was equally excited about each one of my project pitches. Four ideas that I wanted to follow through on, and only time to choose one. Indecisiveness has always been a flaw of mine, so alternating back and forth between which pitch I thought I was going to choose was definitely part of my process. Which again, is completely normal and almost to be expected.

Before beginning this course, I was most concerned with the lack of ideas that I had for my project. Little did I know, the biggest problem that I encountered was having too many ideas! There was something about each one of my pitch’s that was meaningful to me, which made it extremely hard to let go of the three that I did not choose to pursue. If only there were time to do them all…

 

So Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Goodbye

As my final chapter in the Sweetland Minor in Writing comes to an end, I wanted to introduce to you all what has been one of the most exciting projects I have ever had the opportunity to work on: Ad Evolution.

About the Site –

“Coming into this semester, I envisioned a sociohistorical analysis based project on advertising and with countless hours of research and help from professionals in the industry, I had the opportunity to follow that vision all the way through. Particularly, I wanted to understand the changes that advertising has undergone over the years. By analyzing a series of advertisements that were released over the years, I began to notice a pattern. The advertisements were not just staying the same, but they were instead evolving to correspond with the changing technology. With each new decade came bigger and better advertisements that responded to culture of the time. From the newspaper advertisements, to the Internet advertisements and everything in between, it was incredible to see how the course of history changed since advertising first began. I began to think of the industry as some sort of advertising evolution.

Ad Evolution was designed with these thoughts in mind. I had intended to both introduce audiences unfamiliar with advertising to the industry and to build upon the knowledge of those who already have experience with it. By combining two central ideas, the history of advertising and the creation of advertisements, I hoped that Ad Evolution would mimic the advertising website AdWeek, which more broadly touches on similar themes. I bounced ideas around that I found from navigating other popular sites like Ad Age and BusinessInsider, which helped me ground much of the information I present through the site. It is through this multimedia project that my questions were answered. Advertising is complex and is an industry that will constantly be evolving to respond to human behavior. Hopefully your questions will be answered through Ad Evolution too.”

The Sweetland Minor in Writing has truly been one of the most rewarding experiences that the University of Michigan has offered me. If you have any questions regarding the Capstone Course, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Judge me: it’s gone public

My e-portfolio: https://fshaidar.wixsite.com/fshaidar

This marks my graduation from Writing 220. Next stop: capstone (actually though, I’m a mutant and already took all my MiW courses before I was a MiW).

Reflecting on the semester and all it’s taught me, I feel that I’ve learned to appreciate writing in another genre. As I wrote in my synthetic essay, I hated the experimentation process. Being forced to write in another genre made me feel restricted. I didn’t know how to write in new genres, and I wasn’t willing to learn.

Or so I thought. I only told myself that I wasn’t willing to learn because I wasn’t comfortable. In reality, however, it is because I was willing to to learn that I feel that I grew as a writer between September and now. I take pride in having written, and while I did not enjoy the process, feel that I learned that my favorite genre should not be my go-to genre.

As a result, I want to continue to harness a dependence on other genres, and this willingness to explore. It isn’t easy considering the potential in other genres when you could be writing in your go-to genres. But, it is necessary, because ultimately, my go-to genres aren’t always going to be the most appropriate. It’s like a having an expanded tool box. I appreciate having all the tools there, in case I need them. Some tools may be more expensive than others, and more difficult to use than others, but in case I need them, I know they’re there.

And that’s how I feel about genres.

*Mic Drop*

Well… here it is everyone.

As the semester wraps up and I get sentimental, I just wanted to give a HUGE thank you to everyone who helped guide my process. From all the peer feedback to the simple smiles in the classroom, all the support was much appreciated.

In regards to how I’ve grown throughout the semester, again I believe I owe a lot of it to the people I was surrounded by (you guys). I think we pushed each other to think in new ways, be intuitive and respectful, and went beyond boundaries we thought we could reach. I cannot wait to continue my exploration with all of you throughout the Sweetland capstone and beyond.

The Fourth Part of the Brain

My eportfolio is titled Fourth Part of the Brain and is inspired by the movie “Fourth Part of the Brain” by Nenad Dizdarevic which is based on the Bosnian civil war. In the movie one of the main characters Sabina says that her brains is like four compartments each holding something different and that in the fourth part she locks away all of the things that she wishes to forget. I put my own twist on Sabina’s quote, using the brain as a metaphor to link my interest in writing & medicine thus, each part of my “brain” houses a different part of me.

Although this course is ending, my e-portfolio is still a work in progress and in the future I hope to be able to add the edited version of speech as the Global Citizen of the Year more pieces of writing from other courses as they related to my theme.

Enjoy!

https://sydniwil.wixsite.com/fourthpartofthebrain

It’s Finally Here

So here it is, the moment we’ve all been waiting for… kinda, maybe, okay probably not but still, here it is. I’m happy with the way my portfolio turned out, I think it really exemplifies the work I’ve done this semester as the quality has definitely been on a steady upslope from the beginning to the end. I think that the quality of my work really began to improve when I realized what sections of writing I enjoyed working in most. The sections that allowed me to express myself and be as open as possible with my audience were the ones that I enjoyed the most, particularly the TedTalk. It allowed me to connect with my audience on a personal, face-to-face level. This “revelation”, if you will, helped me regain my confidence as a writer and I think that sustaining this confidence, even through times when I am struggling to produce good work is what I hope to work on most between now and the capstone. I think continuing to write through the times I struggle is going to be the best way to keep my confidence and to get through the times that I hit a block as quickly as possible. Additionally, another strength I have developed is a unique voice centered around speaking freely and conversationally. I know that that isn’t something I’ll be able to take with me as I pursue a career in law, but it is something I feel I am good at and something that I would like to continue to craft as I progress through the program. I hope you enjoy my site and can find my TedTalk beneficial! The link to my website is here.

https://jstropes0.wixsite.com/mysite