My 2 cents

This class has been instrumental in improving my writing, so here are a few words of wisdom that has made my Gateway Experience amazing and also things I wish I did more.

  1. Workshop, workshop, workshop. The most valuable aspect of this class is the people in it. I learned the most and improved the most from listening to people critique my writing and sharing their own. I know it is daunting to just let people go to town on your writing but I promise it is so valuable.
  2. Don’t be afraid to try new things. I cannot promise you that they will go well or work at all, but there is no way of knowing without trying.
  3. Something that I was not great at was staying focused during the in-class writing prompts. I would keep my pen moving, as T asked for but I never produced anything great. Listening to some of the writing that my classmates put out during this time always made me wish that I took it more seriously because it is a great chance to just write without being graded or judged or limited in any way.
  4. Most importantly, create relationships within your section. The people that I have grown close to this semester have made me a better writer, person, and teammate and I am so grateful.

Go on now, Write!

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The Power of Words

I write because words are POWERFUL. I write because words are free and like a blank canvas. Words are whatever you make of them; they can be dynamic or stagnant, selfish or selfless, beautiful or ugly. Words are yours—you have full ownership; no one can take them away from you. Writing is about the individual, not the collective. My words are powerful because they are mine.

I’m a skeptic

When I started this class, I was really skeptical of these “experiments.” I thought this class was going to push me to write new genres in a more conventional way. I really didn’t see how these experiments were going to push me as a writer. However, throughout the experiment’s and the investigations into the genres I was working with, I have been exposed to different types of writing and styles. My dad has always told me that the way to become a better writer is simply to read, and now, I understand what he means by that.

Me at the beginning of the semester

Through investigating genres, finding models and reading my peers’ work, I have been pushed to become a better and more diverse writer than I have ever been. I’ve learned that I like to write non-fiction and personal pieces and that I don’t particularly enjoy fiction writing or creating podcasts.

My final project feels like a perfect culmination of the semester. It allows me to focus on the issue of feminism and women’s rights, to create a medium for other women’s voices to be heard and to share my own voice. Can’t wait for you to see it!

Onward and Upward!

For my final project, I am going to continue my second experiment which was a photo essay of women talking about their professional goals and how being a women plays into that. I really loved this experiment because it gave me the chance to talk to my friends about something that they are passionate about. I am choosing to continue with it because I want to engage with more women and learn more about how gender norms have impacted them and their aspirations.

My first step in continuing this experiment is reaching out to more women and trying to find women outside of my immediate circle. I want my photo essay to represent a diverse group of women in terms of race and socioeconomic status because that allows for a variety of perspectives. Therefore, I will be reaching out to other women on campus that I think would contribute to a more wholesome story.

I am looking forward to talking to other women because I loved the conversations that I had with the women I spoke to during the sample. I have two primary concerns. First, I think it might be hard to convince women who don’t know me to stop their days and talk to me for a few minutes. Second, I will have to write an introduction and come up with a title for the photo essay. This part is not necessarily concerning, but it feels like there is a lot of pressure to write something that encompasses the whole essay with such different perspectives.

All in all, though, I am excited to continue this project and learn more about women my age and their goals in life and how being a woman has affected them.

I’m a Writer?

When I was younger and people would ask me what my favorite subject in school was, I would always say English. Looking back, I don’t really know if that’s true, but I do know that my love an affinity towards writing has only grown. Today, as I look at the work I have done both in the gateway and also just in my academic career, I can confidently say that I am a writer. I am not entirely sure what that means yet, and I’m sure that over time it will change, but, for now, I am just enjoying taking my writing to a new place.

On countless occasions, I have tried to keep a diary, or write a blog, or even just send out emails to my friends and family every so often with an update. I have never been able to stick with it, and I’m sure that I thought I had a good reason at the time, but in reality, I was probably just lazy and frankly, intimidated. I have learned that writing doesn’t have a time, place or form that it must take. I am constantly writing, whether it is one of the hundreds of texts I send a day or an academic paper that I have spent days working on.

The Minor in Writing has taught me that I am a writer, and I am eager to see how my identity as a writer continues to grow throughout this journey!