…I read this same advice on the first day of the Minor. At the time, I thought to myself, “Advice? Psh…I don’t need advice!” However, I would definitely suggest that you look through a bunch of these posts and take as much from them as possible. My list is definitely not exhaustive, and my classmates have some really important points!
- Don’t overthink it! I spent way, way, way too much time thinking about what I wanted to do for my repurposing project. I must have changed my mind ten different times before choosing the paper I thought of the first time. Go with your gut.
- Ask questions. Whether it’s to your teacher, your blog group, or in your blog posts, don’t be afraid to ask questions about the stuff you’re working on. It’s easy to get attached to your work, so much so that you have trouble seeing surface problems.
- Get to know your blog groups. I can’t stress this enough. I became super close with my blog groups and I can honestly say that they were the main reason that my pieces came out better than I could have ever imagined. There are a lot of smart people in this class. Use them.
- Read a lot. Read this blog, read the newspaper, read your favorite book for the 500th time. When you read a lot, you start to see how different writers write, which will no doubt help you with your Repurposing, Remediation, and Why I Write projects.
- Show up. The best way to take full advantage of this class is to show up. Even if you’re not in the mood to write or discuss, come to class and you’ll find that being around your classmates can totally turn your mood around! Plus, you might even be able to jot down some of your thoughts that could contribute to one of your projects.
You may be a little overwhelmed with all of the projects that lie ahead, but don’t let those distract you from all of the growth you’re going to experience as a writer. You’ll find the type of writing you like to do (for me, it’s blogging) and you’ll find the type of writing that challenges you. You’ll meet people you may never have met had it not been for the Minor, and they’ll push you to become a better writer than you thought you could be.
Overall, congratulations on being accepted to the Minor, and get ready to learn a lot about your writing and yourself!