Getting nostalgic #pivot #rayray #imsad

It’s almost surreal to look back to myself four years ago and realize how many awesome things I had yet to experience. My time here at Michigan has been absolutely incredible, and I can’t help but feel nostalgic every time I do my “last” anything. Today, I had my last class as an undergraduate. Tomorrow I will take my last exam. This Thursday may even be my last Ricks Ladies Night as an undergraduate as well. All of these experiences, the people I’ve met, and the memories I have created, I will take with me forever. Although they may seem like just memories, the things that I have experienced have changed me and the way that I view the world in such substantial ways.

 

I feel as though the minor in writing has truly helped me grow as a writer, but more importantly, as a person. When I wrote my first DSP Essay, I had no clue what I was doing or what expectations would be held of me once I became an official member of the freshman class that year. Writing 125 seemed like a breeze, but I was clueless to how much more I needed to learn. A few hundred 10-page papers later (I wish I were joking), I think I’ve picked up a thing or two, but nothing can compare to the work that I put into the Capstone project and what that truly did for me as a writer and a person.

 

It was such a great experience to create the Capstone project, because I wanted to prove to myself that I could take on a major project like that and put everything I had into it. Sure, I’ve already gotten into law school and my grades and these projects don’t hold a lot of weight for my future at the moment, but I didn’t care. I treated that project like it was something that I was doing for myself, not for a writing minor requirement. I found that by doing this, I made the entire process so much more enjoyable. It didn’t feel like a chore, but rather something I was choosing to do for myself. I was able to set aside time to just be in my own thoughts for hours on end, and that was actually really cool.

 

This minor in writing program I have found is absolutely incredible. The opportunities it has presented have been so much more than I expected. Going in, I figured it would be a lot of writing assignments and prompts covering a broad range of writing forms. But it was really quite the contrary. There was so much room for customization in this minor, which I enjoyed. Even in the gateway, where they definitely held our hand a bit more, we still were able to choose the topics that we wanted to write about. I thought this was a great way to keep students interested and writing about what they care about—which ultimately makes us better writers and plays up our strengths!

 

I found the difference between the gateway course and the capstone course to be immense. In the gateway course, we were given much more instruction on what was expected of us, how long things needed to be, and what dates we needed to have XX number of pages done. In the capstone course; however, we were really left to ourselves and were expected to be keeping up with our own projects over the course of the semester. In addition, we weren’t told how to complete our projects, but instead that they simply needed to be inventive and well presented.

 

If there were two things that I would change about the minor (and believe me, there really wasn’t much to complain about), I would have to say the lack of check points and the point system itself. I truly believe it would have helped if we had more check points throughout the semester where we were given hard deadlines for when we needed to have a certain number of pages or content completed. This would have made the editing process a lot easier, and would have helped a lot of us seniors at the end of the semester (that was really rough). At the same time, though, I can completely see why it’s designed this way, and we’re all adults, so we should know not to procrastinate on a project of this size. Yet….I’m pretty certain 90% of our class did anyways (oops sorry Ray!) Finally, THE POINTS SYSTEM. Sorry to rant in a post that I wanted to come across as overwhelmingly positive, but I HATE THIS. I was so disappointed that we were not awarded points on the quality of our projects. Rather, this point system brought out the type-A in all of us (even me), and distracted our efforts from the project for the majority of the semester. Even worse, it was hard to get motivated to do an incredible job on the project if it really wasn’t reflected in our grade either way. Just some food for thought for the next incoming writing class! J

 

So, back to the positive stuff. What can I say…my time here at Michigan and in the minor in writing program has been so much more than I expected. When I walk across the stage next Saturday, I’m glad to say that I’ll truly feel like I earned that degree. From the thousands of pages of written work I have completed in my four years here, and the hours upon hours of studying for exams and making sure projects were just the way I wanted them to be, I gave this place my all, and I’m proud of that.

 

Cheers to Ray, the best teacher I have EVER had at this University, and a class that was filled with awesome people who I know will do great things in the future. For today goodbye, tomorrow good luck, and FOREVER GO BLUE!!

A great article with a good message

Hey all! This post is for all of the seniors who are currently freaking out and feeling a bit numb about the prospect of having to go out into the world without a clue what they’re going to do. I saw this when I was scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed and I think this was really well written and truly put what I think we’re all feeling into words. The best message I think here comes from the last line: “If there ever was a time to order bloody mary’s by the pitcher and openly use “YOLO” as a verb, it’s now.”

 

http://meaghanmcgoldrick.com/2014/04/08/treat-yourself-an-open-letter-to-the-class-of-2014/

Illustrated Passage–This is so strange

Okay I’m sorry but I just couldn’t help myself. This article ( http://www.whydontyoutrythis.com/2014/04/scientists-link-selfies-to-narcissism-addiction-and-mental-illness.html ) argues that taking selfies can actually become an addiction and is linked to narcissism, mental illness, and addiction. Not that I don’t believe what he’s saying, and some of the stories are really sad, but REALLY? What has our culture come to where people are obsessed with taking pictures of themselves and linking this with a psychological disorder. So on that note, here’s how I feel about this article.

http://media.tumblr.com/b049ef203689580bd634cd59683799e3/tumblr_inline_mhw4liah1A1qz4rgp.gif

Oprah’s “weirded out” face

I would love to hear your reactions. Because this is just..I don’t even know what to say. Weird.

I just came across this article–It’s great!

Hey guys!

 

I was just browsing through Facebook when I came across this article that one of my friends posted. For any girl out there who has ever done this, it really puts things in perspective. http://size-strong.com/2014/03/25/toss-the-scale-its-time/

 

While I’m trying to exercise more as a part of my happiness project, it’s really easy to get tied up in measuring your progress through numbers on a scale, when in reality, that says nothing. You can be getting stronger and HAPPIER without any change at all. Just a little something to think about 🙂

Illustrated Passage #RayRay

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/30/sunday-review/how-businesses-use-your-sats.html?hp&rref=opinion&_r=0

I was really interested in the article that David posted about companies using SAT scores to weed out potential job candidates early in the cycle. Although I realize it seems like an easy fix, it’s certainly not the best way to compare candidates for a future job. The SAT is a test that is used to predict success in COLLEGE. And it may just as well do that, but it may not. How do we find out? YOUR GPA. Obviously. This is why this makes absolutely no sense to me. If companies want to look at candidates SAT scores, why don’t they just look at every standardized test you’ve taken since the 3rd grade. In fact, why don’t they just look at your middle school grades too. This is so ridiculous it makes me stressed, and I’m not even applying to jobs right now. Probably because this brings back anxiety from having to take the LSAT, which for the record, is an appropriate test because it really will predict success in law school. SAT for a job, not so much. So, on that note, here’s how I feel about this article: imgres

Concrete Poetry–Thoughts? #RayRay

Hey guys! Sorry for my third post in a row (awk). Anyways, I’m in this creative writing class (LOL me and 100 other freshman/sophomores), and we’re talking about concrete poetry. The argument is, do you consider something that’s just a compilation of words and images a poem? What do you think makes a poem? Concrete poetry can be anything where the visual component is just as important, if not more important, than the words themselves. In fact, it doesn’t even need to have any words at all. Here’s an example of my favorite “poem”. Let me know what you guys think! the-guardian2

Illustrated Passage #RayRay

After reading this article, http://www.theatlantic.com/features/archive/2014/03/hey-parents-leave-those-kids-alone/358631/ , I (like Maggie) didn’t really know how to feel about it at first. For those of you who don’t feel like reading the whole article, it’s about upper middle class children who play at these “adventure playgrounds” which provides “free and permissive” playing areas. Sounds okay, right? NO. These kids are describes as starting fires, using dirty mattresses to do flips, etc. At first I was like, “Okay that’s kind of funny and weird”, but for some reason, I can’t get this little voice out of my head that’s telling me that something is wrong with this, almost sad. It’s not that it’s wrong to play in areas like this, and I certainly agree that the playgrounds that children have now with just asphalt and structures that don’t foster creativity on the playground, this is taking it too far. It’s romanticizing the idea of poverty in children, and what many kids are forced to play with because of their circumstance. These kids, on the contrary, are just re-creating a sad environment slapping words like “adventure” and “creativity” on it, and pretending like that’s not a little bit wrong. So, on that note, here’s how I feel about this article: SurprisedSurprised, and a little bit disapproving. What do you guys think??

Questions For You All #RayRay #Questions

Hey everyone!

I’m working on a project for my communications course about mobile communication, and I need to complete some interviews with students about cell phone use. I have 8 open-ended questions, so you can say as much or as little as you’d like (don’t spend more than 5 minutes doing this!) If you want to answer these questions and comment this post/make your own post with the answers, we can both help eachother out!!! 🙂 Here are the questions!

Mobile Communication Defined: The use of portable technology (i.e. laptop, cell phone, iPod, tablet, etc) Could be used to go on the internet, text, call, watch TV, listen to music, go on apps, and more.

1. In what ways do you think using mobile communication in a public setting may benefit your social interactions with strangers?

2. In what ways that you think using mobile communication in a public setting may hinder your social interactions with others?

3. How often do you use your mobile phone in public settings?

4. What type of mobile communication are you engaging with in public settings and in what ways?

5. Do you feel others’ use of mobile communication in public settings benefits your ability to have social interactions with them or hinders? Why?

6. Do you feel that you are able to use your mobile technology and maintain a conversation with another person?

7. If you were stuck in an elevator with a stranger, how do you feel the presence of mobile communication would affect your interaction with that person? Why?

8. On a scale of 1-10, rate your likelihood to strike up a conversation with a stranger in a public setting in the presence of mobile communication.  Ex: If you are on the subway and are reading the news on your phone, do you feel that would help you strike up a conversation with those around you or inhibit your likelihood of striking up a conversation? 1=mobile communication would make it highly unlikely that I would strike up a conversation, 10= mobile communication would highly increase my likelihood to strike up a conversation.

 

Project Update! #Rayray

As I’m about halfway into my second week of my happiness project, I have decided to tweak what I’m doing a little bit. I’ve noticed that the gratitude writing hasn’t really been working out so great for me (confession: I’ve only remembered to do it twice in the last 10 days). However, I came across something this morning that I think could be really great and fun for my project! An article I found suggests that doing something that will make you laugh at least once a day can significantly improve your daily happiness. I found this point to be really interesting: “kids laugh about 200 times per day; adults laugh an average of 15 times per day.” The author then goes on to suggest that you make an effort to do one thing daily that you know will make you laugh. It can be anything from watching a funny video to playing a game. In light of this, I’ve decided to watch one funny video a day! You may be wondering: How is she possibly going to find that many funny videos?! https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL30BFB50685A0252B

That’s how 🙂

Feel free to join me in watching one of these a day–I’m sure you won’t regret it!

Enjoy!