After reading over the recent blog posts my classmates have written, I have noticed a common theme: senior year stress. I cannot believe it’s almost April, and it’s comforting to know that others are feeling the same. Classes have been more difficult than anticipated. Couple academic stress with the weight of becoming a “real adult” in one month, and you feel like your head is underwater. All the time.
In the midst of this stress, I have reminded myself to take the time to appreciate Ann Arbor, my friends, and my classes during these final weeks. This applies to my capstone as well. The process is messy, confusing, and daunting- but that is perhaps the most novel characteristic of this course and the Minor in Writing. Writing about biraciality, the identity that I hold closest to me and think about most, has been a difficult process. I have never tried to “unpack” biraciality in the manner that I am now, and at times, this has been an emotionally taxing process. Personal reflection is a difficult thing to do on a timeline.
This semester has been writing-heavy outside of my capstone project as well. I have written upwards of 12 papers already. Going “through the motions” with these papers have helped me to appreciate the longer, more intimate, and more challenging aspects of the capstone. Though the writing is more difficult, it will be a better and more personalized product at the end of this. Positive thoughts ahead!