Congratulations! You’ve been accepted into the Minor in Writing, and that means – guess what? You’re a writer! Just the fact alone that you were accepted should give you enough confidence to believe you can thwart any and all challenges presented to you in this class. I’ll give you a couple pieces of advice, even though I know nobody will probably follow them (I usually don’t even follow my own advice). But, maybe there’s one or two people out there who this ends up really helping, so in that case it’s worth it.
Piece of Wisdom #1: Write about something that excites you. For our class, we worked with the same fundemental topic nearly the entire time, editing and remodeling it to achieve a certain purpose. I chose a topic that really interests me – the ethicality of torturing a suspect when trying to save millions of lives. Because I had this topic that really fascinated me, working on the projects was far more enjoyable than if it were something boring or mundane. So yeah – be careful and choose wisely, as a paper on something that interests you will always be better than on a topic that doesn’t.
Piece of Wisdom #2: Remain calm. I will not lie and say this is the easiest class in the world – it’s not. The class pushes you to explore new areas of writing you’ve never been exposed to before. It’s not easy and they’ll certainly be times when you’re wondering how in the world you’ll ever be able to get this assignment in on time and be happy with it. But, know this – everyone there is in the same boat as you are, as has been everyone coming before you (I can promise you I was exactly there). But, just like I did, you’ll get through it, and you’ll be proud of what you accomplished.
Piece of Wisdom #3: Enjoy yourself and be creative. I always find my best work comes from when I’m thinking outside the box and developing something I thought of completely myself. If there’s one place ever to allow your creative juices to flow – this is it. So have fun with this class, because it really can be just that if you allow it to be. God speed and good luck!
– Jeff Slade