Picking a project is hard. I’ve forgotten how much self-doubt comes with the process. I usually think of something that I want to focus on, get excited about it, and then start overthinking how well I will accomplish it. I want my capstone project to be something that I can look back on in a few years with pride. I’ve enjoyed pursuing this minor over the last three years and this project should pay some patronage to that. At the moment, I am struggling to commit to a project pitch. I would love to do something on social justice, more specifically on the way linguistics impact defendants in the courtroom. However, I fear that I am biting off more than I can chew. Should I focus on something more personal? Something more creative and less academic?
This reminds me of the same struggle I had when deciding on my Gateway project. I remember this feeling of discomfort in committing to a semester long project. Back then, I was driven by telling such a personal story. I remember that I thought about my decision for my Gateway for a while before realizing that it was something I really wanted to do. I think that is the same thing that is happening now. I need to meditate on the idea for some time before feeling truly motivated to start creating. Something that helped me last time I felt this unsure was meeting with students who shared personal stories similar to mine. More specifically, students who had ill parents. There was something about talking about the issue with people who could resonate with it that made it feel real. Perhaps that is what I need to do for the Capstone Pitch. I am hoping to meet with a linguist to chat about how language has implications in social justice. I think having this conversation will spark some inspiration.
I am feeling somewhat overwhelmed and excited by the amazing pitches I’ve heard so far. Anyone else unsure of their Capstone pitch yet?