My name is Allison – you probably don’t know me because, unfortunately, I had to defer Writing 200 until next semester due to scheduling conflicts, but I am still a part of your cohort! I’ve read many of your blog posts, and to be quite honest, I’m a bit intimidated. I’ve never been a fan of meeting people virtually, but I think getting to know you all through your writing/posts will be a really new and interesting experience. Hopefully I will get to meet some of you in future Minor in Writing courses, but for now, I hope that you enjoy reading my posts, because I have definitely enjoyed reading yours.
I’d like to make my first post about my most interesting writing experience this year. I’m currently enrolled in English 325, an upper-level writing course titled “Art of the Essay.” Our first paper was quite challenging: 8-12 pages about a “quest” to cover a story or event, to expose a group, activity, or lifestyle with which most people are unfamiliar, or to find an answer to a complex question or mystery. What an intimidating assignment! There is obviously so much going on around us in Ann Arbor, but what could I possibly write about that would be something my readers have never heard of or experienced before? Well, I decided to combine my love of food and writing for this assignment: I took a pizza class at Zingerman’s! Everyone knows about Zingerman’s, but how many of us have actually gone behind their kitchen doors and learned how to make that delicious bread that keeps thousands of visitors coming each year? It was a really, really fun paper to write because I had a vested interest in the subject matter and was excited to show my readers my experience. I titled the paper “The Other American Pie: Lessons Learned from the Bread Boss.” The paper was organized into various “lessons” that I learned during the class, such as “Willpower” (walking through their bakery and not buying anything was definitely an exercise in willpower), “Preparing for Success 101” (we learned how to be successful in baking every time we set out to create delicious foods), and “Intro to Philosophy” (the class was a very spiritual experience with regards to learning, sharing food, and being social).
Have any of you ever gotten an assignment that really and truly intimidated you upon first reading the requirements? How did you deal with it? Were you happy with the results?