Dear Future Cohort,
First and foremost, congrats on getting into the Minor in Writing! I hope you are prepared for a very exciting semester.
I remember being in your shoes on my first day. My thought was that I was going to have a semester filled with grammar, essays, and nit-picky grading (I wasn’t exactly thrilled).
Surprisingly, (and luckily!) this was not the case. If you have a journey anything like my own, you will have the opportunity to repurpose short passages into a magazine article, create a movie based off of a case study, and eventually make a website showing who you are as a writer.
Pretty exciting, right!?
I know this can seem like a lot. If you would have told me this upon entering the minor I would have probably been very overwhelmed.
But don’t worry! It all comes together and makes for a memorable semester.
Here are a few tips to having a successful time in the Gateway Course:
1. Meet with your professor in office hours!! I can’t say enough how helpful this was. My professor, Naomi Silver, was so helpful with all of my projects. It is nice having someone to chat with who is just as thrilled about your idea and its progression.
2. Make a point of getting to know your blog groups. During the semester, you will have a chance to meet so many different writers who are passionate about various topics. Use this to your benefit! Bounce ideas off of each other and don’t be afraid to give your honest opinion. It was through many of my conversations with other students in my class that I had “Aha” moments in my writing.
3. Challenge yourself to try something new. Never produced a video before? Try it! Don’t let the fear of not being an expert in a certain field keep you from trying. There are resources on campus to help you and the other members in the cohort are oftentimes struggling with the same problems so it helps to collaborate.
So, enjoy your time and get ready for a semester where you learn about things such as exigence, pathos, ethos, and kairos. (Don’t worry about not knowing those things now!)
As Yoda would say, “PATIENCE YOU MUST HAVE my young padawan.”