Anytime I’m given the freedom to write about what I want, it always comes back to the same topics: social media, celebrities, news, pop culture etc. As a communications major who’s looking to go into this world after college that naturally makes a lot of sense. Yet sometimes when I’m given an assignment and I choose a topic that falls into one of those categories, I feel a little bit defeated. Like, do I really only know how to write about one topic?
Back in senior year of high school we had a year long “keystone” project. I initially wanted to do something about medical abnormalities (I was not planning on being a comm major) but as my ideas progressed I realized I wanted to instead focus on the effects of social media on our high school environment. Four years later with this capstone project a similar thing happened. I started off with a project focused on what it means to be a descendent of the Holocaust, as the grandchild of two survivors, and how to preserve shared history. Though I still find this meaningful and interesting, there just wasn’t enough there for me to envision a project that I would feel satisfied with. So, I switched my topic to one about how influencers build personal brands online. There are also multiple instances of this throughout other classes from an open letter assignment in English 225 to a campaign for a social cause in Comm 417. It always comes back to the same topics.
I think through this capstone project I’ve come to feel way more ok with this. Certain classes do push me outside of my writing comfort zone but if this is where I’m comfortable and where I excel I should probably embrace that.