Where to start?

As a business major, much of my class schedule is predetermined. This made deciding whether or not to join the writing minor, and add more requirements to my schedule, a difficult decision. When weighing my options, I decided to look deeper into the type of assignments I would be spending my time completing in the Gateway Course. When I first read the course description of working with one piece of writing for the majority of the semester, I was discouraged. There was nothing from my past academic writing that I wanted to play around with for an entire semester. It was not until I thought of all the writing I had done surrounding my travels to Ethiopia, that I was convinced to join the Minor in Writing Fall 2014 Cohort.
I am set on using my writing from Ethiopia for this project, as this is something I am passionate about and would like to dedicate more time to. However, I have yet to decide on the angle from which to approach my experiences in Ethiopia. I can start from my photo blog, Humans of Ethiopia, or I can start from my personal journal.
I like the idea of starting from my journal since this material is more raw and there are endless possibilities of the directions I could go with it. However, the journal has remained untouched since my travels and I am not sure that right now is the best time to tackle what is inside. I have been saving the journal for when I most need it, and I am not sure I am ready yet. The photo blog, while more developed, offers the appeal of being a public space and therefore a project that I would feel comfortable working on alongside my classmates and anyone else who finds themselves on the Minor in Writing Blog.
So I know where I want to end up – back in Ethiopia – which leaves me with the pressing question, where to start?

2 thoughts to “Where to start?”

  1. I am very glad to hear that your travels led to writing that made you want to join the minor. I love the uniqueness of your ideas and I am already extremely interested to read whatever you come up with. As someone who has not been able to do extensive traveling, I am very curious about your experiences in Ethiopia and I can’t wait to see the direction you take with this project.

  2. Nina, I love your passion and enthusiasm for working within the context of your Ethiopian travels. You really seem to know what you want to work with right from the beginning, which I personally envy since I’m having the most trouble with this part. With regards to source selection, while the comfort of one option might be appealing, I would recommend going out of your comfort zone and working with the more difficult material. While it may be a more arduous process, I feel that the final project will be much more personally rewarding if you work with something heavier.

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