Most of my weekend has been spent not by researching, but by milking my idea for project II for something unique and interesting. I don’t quite understand why this project has been giving me as much difficulty as it has, but I have found it nearly impossible to reach satisfaction during my brainstorming process. I actually changed my original idea completely in hopes that maybe my it was not I who was the problem, but the idea itself – revamping my common app essay – was simply too dry or too old. However, when I finally experienced my “ah-ha moment” and felt the pieces of my second idea – revamping an old high school philosophy paper about societal pressures and their effects on development – fall into place, I realized that maybe it had been I who had been debilitating my thinking and creativity.
I had allowed myself to overthink everything, and in the process had failed to allow any promising niche in my idea to become the shining center-peice of my writing.
That being said, from now on I am going to strive to not let myself overthink this project and to be intimidated by the openness of its guidelines.
Now that I have in fact reached a point of satisfaction in my brainstorming, I can explain to you that I am going to be writing about how societal pressures changes what kids want to do with their lives (i.e. an astronaut or firefighter or singer) into a more “respectable” and “oft-saught” profession of a doctor or a lawyer or a businessman/woman. I want to interview kids, college students, and adults, asking different questions of each category to compare their dreams from when they were younger to when they are older. I want to ask adults if they regret not entertaining their childhood dreams at least slightly as they chose a direction in life. And I want to do all of this to illuminate that some people do regret being influenced by the societal idea, while others are perfectly content with their lives’ trajectory.
My goal is to encourage college age student who are experiencing the classic extisential crisis of “what do I do with my life and/or what am I passionate about” to consider whether they will be a person who will be satisfied to follow the obvious, easy choice of what society deems proper, or whether they will regret not integrating at least a small piece of what they initially wanted to do into what they choose to do.
Now that I have started to research slightly more, I have decided that I would like to write a statement article for the Michigan Daily, or for some other student publication. I therefore spent the weekend going through previous Michigan Daily statement articles so to examine word length and other structural components, voice characteristics, and research inclusion. This helped a lot because it has allowed me to funnel my ideas into a more cohesive and sensical group. I have a better idea of what I need to research and how I am going to need to talk about it.
I am finally feeling excited about my idea and am looking forward to implementing research and to writing my article.