Decisions, Decisions

As T began explaining our next project, my mind began to wander. I have written endless amounts of papers and essays throughout my life, but what was I going to use for Project 2? Something that T said stood out in my mind, “Pick a piece about something you are passionate about and that you will be happy working with for the rest of the semester.” In my head I went through the list of papers I have written during my time at Michigan. Although I have liked a lot of pieces I have written and done well on them, nothing stuck out. It was then when I remembered the ice- breaker game we played on the first day of class. Someone had asked me what my favorite piece of writing I had ever wrote was, and I had responded: my college common application essay. I knew that I had to use it for Project 2.

I wrote my common application essay about how Rory Gilmore, the main character in the TV Show Gilmore Girls, has influenced my life, both personally and academically. I had not read the essay since the end of senior year, but it has always held a special spot in my heart. When I went back and re-read my essay, my decision about using it for Project 2 was reinforced.

In my essay I write about how I have grown up watching Gilmore Girls. Throughout my adolescences I connected to Rory, and she influenced me in many ways. I think that in my re-purposing and then re-mediatiation it will be interesting to explore all of the ways Rory has influenced me as well as focusing on how fictional characters have influenced other individuals. If I focused on Rory’s influence on me, I think I would create a BuzzFeed article about reasons why you should look up to Rory Gilmore. I was also thinking that I could ask students if they have ever been influenced by a fictional character and create something from all of their answers. I’m not quite sure the direction I want to take, but I do know that I want to use my Rory Gilmore essay!



The iconic mother daughter pair: Rory and Lorelai Gilmore

Brainstorming is hard.

After talking with a small group in class, I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m pretty much on the same page as most other people when it comes to project 2. We all sort of have ideas and options of past writing that we could build off of for the rest of the semester, but we aren’t quite sure which pieces would work best. I have to admit, it’s been difficult sifting through all of my old pieces of writing. Most of my work was lost when my old computer crashed somewhere between junior and senior year of high school. Among the few pieces I was able to recover, along with everything I have written since the devastating incident, I am still having difficulty choosing which direction I’d like to take this assignment. The pieces I’ve looked at range from something as elementary as a Junie B. Jones journal to a rhetorical analysis of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness.

I have taken T’s advice to heart, that we should pick a piece that we are passionate about and would be happy working with for the rest of the semester, and have narrowed down my options quite significantly . After some sifting and a lot of thinking, here’s what I’ve got so far:

Option 1: I’ve being doing a lot of thinking about a piece that I wrote back in middle school. It’s titled, “My Hero,” and is written about how much my father means to me. I’m almost positive that this is the piece of writing I want to work with because, although my middle school writing is poor, the basic ideas of the paper are still relevant today. I still look up to my dad in more ways than one and consider him one of my most important role models. It’s the “taking my writing in a new direction” part of project 2 that is causing me some problems. In regards to this piece of writing, I was considering a couple directions to take it. One direction that I’m thinking about is possibly making a brochure about the importance of father figures in a child’s life. I could research stats on the emotional/educational effects of not having a father figure. The trouble I have with this, however, is I’m not quite sure who my audience would be. Men who have fathered a baby, possibly? Or even single mothers…? The only problem with this is that this type of writing is fairly typical for me, as I am a Neuroscience major and constantly rely on numerical evidence in research projects. Again, T suggested picking a piece that would stretch our writing abilities, which is why my second option seems rather interesting to me. This option being a comic strip of some sort. Because my essay was titled, “My Hero,” I think it would interesting to somehow create my own comic strip. I could make it satirical, or for children. Again, I’m not quite sure about my target audience, I’ll have to discuss that with T. I guess we will see.

My dad and I on game day!
My dad and I on game day!

Option 2: Aside from the paper about my dad, I also have been looking at a piece I wrote for my English 124 class last year. It was an informal, one-page piece about what makes me wild (as the subject of the class was wilderness/wild). I’m not quite sure where I’d go with this piece, but I’m probably going to give it a little more thought. The only thing I could think of was maybe create some type of buzz feed-like quiz about hair, because the paper was about my wild hair.

It’s Tough to Hit a Homerun if You Never Step Up to Bat

While researching sources for my second project, an exploration of the gender gap in the United States political landscape, I came across an intriguing article that had the following to say about women in politics:

While ongoing analysis of political wins show that female candidates are just as likely to win their races as men, they’re still much less likely to initiate a run. The Women’s Campaign Forum, a non-partisan nonprofit established to encourage more women to run for office, estimates that 50 percent fewer women than men consider running for office.

In the article, Why So Few Women in Politics? Ask Sandra Fluke., author Robin Marty continues to explain that a large reason why females are not equally represented in Congress is not because they cannot get elected – it’s because they do not run for election in the first place. After years of unequal representation, women feel as though they are not qualified, educated, or experienced enough to even consider running for public office.

Upon reading this article, the direction of my research took a bit of a turn. The original scope of my project was a bit broad; I intended to focus on female portrayal in Congress and explore why female candidates are not elected at the same rate as their male colleagues. Now that I realize this statement is not true, I will now focus on why the female population, as a whole, feels as though it should not and cannot run for public office.

This is an important message for women to hear because there are fewer examples of strong female players in politics than there of strong men. Furthermore, many of the women who make powerful moves are either not discussed by the media or criticized for their wardrobe choices (and what do men even know about fashion anyways? UGH). The goal for my article is to show women everywhere that they are just as capable as men of holding public office, the United States needs female voices in Congress, and women should consider running in more political elections. Because let me tell you, I think most of the women I know could do a pretty amazing job.

We need more victory pictures like this one. You go, Nancy Pelosi!
We need more victory pictures like this one. You go, Nancy Pelosi!