I really enjoyed being able to listen to Maria speak yesterday. Maria teaches American Culture and Women’s Studies here at the University of Michigan. She is a women’s activist, a subject that she is very passionate about. Working towards something that you are passionate about is the biggest connection that I made with Maria’s insightful words. At one point she said something along the lines of, “I don’t get how someone can write a 400 page book about something that they’re not passionate about. It just doesn’t make any sense to me.” This was awesome and refreshing to hear. If I’m going to devote a lot of time, energy, and resources towards something, I would really hope that it is for something that I genuinely believe in and enjoy working on. If it isn’t, then why bother?
Throughout college, I have had both the fortune and misfortune of being involved in assignments that I have loved working on and wanted absolutely nothing to do with. I have always found that I have produced far superior work when it has been on a topic that I’m truly invested in. This is why I’m really looking forward to putting together my final project. It is on a topic that I am emotionally invested in: summer camp.
While this sort of insight from Maria may have been generic, it is still something that I really appreciated hearing, and I think it is really important to be mindful of. For everyone else that will soon be getting started on their projects, I hope you are able to approach it from an angle that is particularly meaningful to you. Don’t be afraid to challenge yourself and take a unique approach that you feel strongly about.