Welcome to the Writing Minor! Congrats on getting in and get ready for a lonnnnng ride of writing. The gateway course to the minor in writing is challenging and liberating. It will push you to try new things (like make an ad campaign on iMovie or create a personal website) while giving you the freedom to write about essentially whatever you want. I have compiled some words of advice I wish I had going into the minor: read and enjoy the journey you’re about to embark on!
1. When you talk about why you write (which you will do, often) be honest. Don’t worry if it’s different from everyone else. Everyone writes for different reasons. You don’t need to love writing, you don’t even need to like it. But if you are here in the writing minor, you must have some connection to it. What is it?
2. Speak up in class. Everyone is nice. Everyone wants to hear your ideas. Don’t be shy.
3. When you go to repurpose a project (it will make more sense later, I promise) pick a topic you care about. You’ll be working with the topic for more or less the rest of the semester. You do NOT want to get stuck with a topic you don’t like/is boring just because you thought it would be easy to write about.
4. Get to know the people in your class. They are your sounding board. If you don’t understand an assignment, ask someone. If you’re freaking out about something you haven’t started that’s due in an hour, vent to someone. Don’t worry if you went in with no friends in the cohort, you will leave with plenty.
5. Finally, take advantage of the opportunity you have to write about essentially anything. There are next to no restrictions in the gateway course. You can write about anything in any way that you want. You can blog, write a research paper, make a movie. Just do something new and something interesting. You won’t always have this chance, don’t let it pass you by.
Good luck, and have fun!