Hello Babies, Welcome to the MIW!

I am not quite sure what happened, but apparently I either dreamed about writing this advice post and it never actually happened or I somehow forgot to click post after constructing it… who knows? Either way, I still have advice to give! Better late than never, right? Here it goes:

  1. Keep a calendar: As exemplified from my error of late blog-posting, it is so important to keep a calendar of all due dates! Not only that, but make sure to take the advice of making a project plan seriously. Project II and III will sneak up on you, especially since they are made almost entirely on your own time. You will need to be on top of it so as to avoid as much stress as possible. I suggest lots of planning and actual time-tracking. There is a lot going on, and it is helpful to stay disciplined in this respect.
  2. Have fun with it: … but don’t be too disciplined. Because you really should have fun with this class. It is more about taking chances and exploring media and methods you may not have tried before. Experiment. Have fun. Take chances you would never dream of taking in any other U of M class. This gateway course is special for a lot of reasons, but I think the main one is that the environment is so encouraging. You have a tight-knit group of writers ready to offer constructive criticism and support at all times. Take advantage of it. Don’t let the freedom intimidate you; see it as an opportunity to play.
  3. Be respectful: In the words of Kurt Vonnegut, “Hello babies. Welcome to Earth. It’s hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It’s round and wet and crowded. On the outside, babies, you’ve got a hundred years here. There’s only one rule that I know of, babies-“God damn it, you’ve got to be kind.” You are going to get close to your classmates, so be kind from the start and all the way through. Sharing writing can be extremely personal, so be respectful and make sure you say whatever you have to say with the best of intentions.
  4. Meet outside of class: whether is be with your professor or with other students in the class, take the time to meet outside of scheduled class time. The writing minor is a community, truly. Meet with others to chat about writing, life, and otherwise. It is all relevant to what we do. We are writers, and writing is communication. So communicate! Chat! Make this more than just another course and meet outside of class.

Best of luck writer! You got this.


Better Late than Never

Well, we’ve arrived at the end of the semester, and it appears I’ve forgotten to do one of my last assignments– whoops, at least I’m getting it done at some point, right?  I think in the rush of finals and completing my E-portfolio, I forgot to write a post introducing it.  Well…… the time has come…… after weeks of anticipation………. I’m ready to unveil my E-Portfolio……. drumroll pleaseeeeeeee…….:

Here it is!! 


At first I was somewhat dreading making the E-Portfolio because I thought it’d be a lot of work formatting the site, but I actually really enjoyed it!  It was a little daunting editing some of the features on the Wix site, but overall it was a lot more doable than I had expected.  I’m really happy with how it turned out because I feel like it is a great reflection of my personality & also shows off a lot of my work.  I think I will continue to use this in the future as a space to store my work so I don’t have to sift through millions of Word Documents on my laptop if I ever want to find a final piece of writing again.  Overall, making this E-Portfolio was a fun experience and I’m sad that the class has come to an end!

The End of the Beginning

I have had a lot of fun in the gateway course this semester. This has all culminated into one final piece that we needed to have complete: the E-Portfolio. Now I am done with that and there is really nothing else to be said here. The projects are complete, the workshops are complete, the discussions are over, the E-Portfolios are done and now the blog posts are being completed as well. There is nothing else to say other than to share what I have completed, my E-Portfolio, and to say I guess that we shouldn’t be too sad because this isn’t the beginning of the end but only the end of the beginning.

My E-Portfolio

&and just like that, We’re Done

So this semester has gone by way too fast. I’m a rising Junior, yet, it still feels like I just got out of my dad’s car and moved into Northwood III (RIP to that freshman dorm).

I’m really not ready to be done with the Gateway. I’ve loved it so much. It was one of the couple of classes I have taken since I’ve been here that I looked forward to every Tuesday and Thursday and the only one I would willingly get out of bed at 10 am for. I’ve learned so much in my time here about my writing and about myself. Until this semester I had forgotten just how fulfilled I am when I’m writing. It sounds so cheesy but it really has been the best kind of ride.

This may or may not be me right now…because of finals and all…ya know.

447&here’s what I have to show for it: http://opuente.wix.com/eportfolio

It’s definitely not something I would show to potential employers. Unless I decide to drop out of school and become a professional eater. (You’ll have to take a peek to see why)

Even though I’m sad this class is over, this Jonah Hill picture is an accurate depiction of how excited I am for summer to begin.

So that’s it, I’ve been trying for a half hour to find a gif of Seth Rogen that will actually move which has proven to be an impossible task so I’ll just leave you with this gem. (& my personal fave)


Welcome to Me

My projects from this semester definitely encompass who I am and why. Which is why I am so excited to invite you all to the home to my projects and more: my eportfolio! Throughout its creation, I definitely had a love-hate relationship with it, but I can say now that I am truly happy with its turn-out. I feel like it displays my work from the Gateway well and that it gives some insight into who I am. I have included the link for your viewage. Enjoy 🙂


Warmest Welcomes

Welcome welcome writing minors of the future! It goes by real quick, so get ready.

My first piece of advice? Don’t be scared of this class. It’s different from the other ones, because you actually get to do what you want! Of course, take it seriously– but don’t be afraid to ask questions in class, to take creative risks, to talk and debate with each other. The beauty of this minor is that you’re here to figure out what you’re doing, and there’s ample room to do so. And don’t be so worried about grades or “doing well in the class”– of course you’ll be fine! You’re a writer! (I mean, but I also can’t predict the future…I’m no Raven).

That said, if you know what sort of writing you want to do (or even have a slight idea), trust it. I spent a lot of my project II trying to push myself beyond my typical subject matter and style, simply because I felt like I “should” be exploring more. I ended up realizing that what I actually should be doing is using this class to develop this writing style and subject matter more and more, which I (thankfully) ended up doing, after many blog posts about my confusion for project II, and coming to my senses.

Also, be friends with your class. We waited until the last day of class to make a group email….but we maybe should have made it sooner! Your class is full of a bunch of great, smart people who love writing, but who are also people interested in a bunch of different things and weird hobbies and netflix addictions–your classmates are a great resource for inspo, writing help, and also ~friends~ <3

Other final very important notes:

  1. Sign up to get workshopped !!!!!!
  2. learn how to make your GIFs work in blog posts



Cut the Ribbon

Friends, family, colleagues, fellow writers… the deed has been done.

Okay sorry, that was too much. I just feel like making a post to announce the unveiling of my website deserved a dramatic opening statement. But it’s true, my website and my time in Writing 220 is finished!


Keeping with my tradition of New Girl posts, here’s one that describes how I feel about this semester being over— completely shocked.

If you would like to check my Portfolio out, heres the link: http://jessycajudge.wix.com/eportfolio

I have a lot of mixed emotions about this. I’m sad that the class is over, since it’s one that I thoroughly enjoyed everyday, but I also feel incredibly accomplished, and I’m so happy with how my EPortfolio turned out.

I feel like I’ve grown so much in my writing and my confidence in my writing this semester, and a lot of that is due to my amazing classmates and to T. So huge shoutout to you guys, thank you for always giving your full attention and care to collectively becoming better writers.

I hope everyone has a relaxing and adventurous summer, and I’m looking forward to seeing everyone in the future!


The World Wide Web of Writing

Well, now it’s already the end of the semester and my EPortfolio is complete. You can check it out here: http://kmsanto.wix.com/writer

This is kind of weird. It feels like yesterday I was posting on this blog telling you I’m from Long Island and that New York bagels are the best. Sorry for being a bagel snob, I was trying to be funny. But if I offended you and your bagel preferences, let me hear it.

I’ve never enjoyed a class as much as this one, and I’m really proud of the work I’ve done. I tried to break away from sports writing this semester, and feel like I learned a lot about myself as a writer in the process.

I wanted to show on my EPortfolio that sports writing is my passion, but I’ve grown to enjoy experimenting with other genres and styles. Unfortunately, the only decent picture I’ve taken on my IPhone is a hockey stadium, so I might’ve messed up that message right on my homepage.

If you have the time, I’d love for you to take a look. And if you have even more time, I’d appreciate any comments about things you liked or disliked. I tried to make this thing perfect, but I know that I probably didn’t do that.

Hope you enjoy it! And have a good summer!