Dear Future Minor in Writing Capstone Students,

The Writing Minor Capstone is A LOT. A lot of work… and a lot of fun! In this process, you will learn so much about yourself and how you can stretch your own capabilities and continue to learn and grow, and you will also learn so much about the other people in your capstone. 

You with all your research
You and all your new friends from Capstone!

Picking a project to do is scary. Like really scary. It feels like you’re committing a lot of time and effort to something you might not be completely sure about. And yes, it’s super intimidating when some of your classmates have deeply meaningful and personal projects. But I’m here to tell you that it’s going to be okay. You will find something you are willing to spend your time on. Something that you are excited to spend your time on! If it’s not there at the beginning, it may be something you find later in the process. It’s so important to make sure you end up with a subject/topic you care about- it’s going to be a lot of time and work and it won’t be a fun time or meaningful to you if you don’t care about it. 

When trying to choose a project, don’t get caught up in the “writing” in Minor in Writing. From capstone, we learned that everything is multimedia. If writing is something you want to do for your project- great! Just remember that it doesn’t all have to be writing- it really shouldn’t all be just writing. There will be writing involved, don’t doubt it, but you can make something that isn’t primarily based in writing. That might even make your project more exciting to you!

All the things you can use!

Don’t be afraid to pivot and change your project. Your project will grow and evolve throughout the semester- welcome this change! Things happen and you might lose material or not be able to do what you set out to do and that’s okay! Whatever you make will be wonderful and I have faith that you will put your full effort into making it the best that it can be. 

Pivoting is hard but you’re going to a better job than Ross!

While it’s important to be adaptable and open to change, definitely try to set a plan for yourself as soon as possible to make sure you can get this all done in a non-overwhelming manner. Time management is key for this project. You’re going to have a lot to do and if you leave it all for the end, it will be a miserable last few weeks as you’re scrambling. You need to pace yourself, but also save room for change. 

When you’re workshopping, don’t feel like you have to accept everyone’s suggestions. It’s great to get feedback from others, especially in areas you’re unsure about. However, it’s important to stay true to yourself, your vision, your goals for this project. Don’t lose sight of that while you’re trying to please others. This is your capstone. Make it your own. Take the suggestions your agree with and maybe try to address the problems people bring up in a different way if you don’t like the suggestions they have. 

All the suggestions you’re going to get!

You’re going to be overwhelmed but you’re going to be okay. You can do this! It’s going to be a wild and fun ride.

Prepare yourselves… for the journey of a lifetime! … or Minor!

Wishing you the best of luck,

Amy Zhang

Capstone F19

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