We All Struggle With Forward Motion

I wrote a post a while ago about the title of this blog and figured it was time to expand on that and present my actual proposal for the project I’ll be doing this semester. (Of course this has nothing to do with the fact that it’s an assignment for this class 😉 )

This is my last semester at Mary Washington. And I have NO CLUE what I’m going to be doing after I graduate in December.  So for the remainder of the semester, as I attempt to figure out what the rest of my life is going to look like, I plan to use this blog to provide a commentary on the transition between college and the “real world”. Not MTV’s Real World (although…I guess that could always be an option for life post graduation…if I get really desperate…) but the real world where I have to have a job with benefits. Where I have to think about things like health care and saving for retirement (you know, since I’ve been told the money I’ve payed to FICA is never going to make its way back to me in the form of Social Security). And I’m supposed to be thinking about all these things while I’m trying to make the most of my last few months here – both academically and socially.

That being said, I have no desire to sit here and write exclusively about my life. Because really, that’s just not necessary. However, I am hoping that my experiences in this transition stage will provide me with an interesting view on this process, that maybe, if I am smart and clever enough, I can extrapolate into a commentary that is interesting and entertaining for a variety of people.

I personally believe that writing is a wonderful form of communication – and probably my favorite, so I’m a bit biased. But I also realize that if I sit here and simply write my thoughts I could be wasting a huge opportunity with this blog. Because I am so biased towards words, I often forget the power behind things like images and sound. But through the work we’ve been doing in this class the past few weeks I have been reminded of how a picture really can be worth 1000 words and how simple sounds can tell a story more eloquently and effectively than a narrative.

So. In an effort to make the most of this digital space and keep me from rambling too much, here is what I propose. At least three times a week I will check in here and provide some sort of commentary on where I am in the process of preparing for the real world. However. One of those posts each week will be a post where I do not use my words. Whether its a picture, an audio clip, or if I get really ambitious, a video clip, I will avoid using my written words for at least one post a week. I know – after reading this post you’re probably thinking there’s no way this girl can keep quiet for an entire post. I’m a bit skeptical myself. But wish me luck!!

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6 Responses to We All Struggle With Forward Motion

  1. Kevin says:

    I really like this idea. I feel most of us (me especially) have some sort of idea of what we want to to after college, but I think we don’t actually think about how we will get there. I look forward to seeing what you have to say about this process, especially since from your standpoint you are at the very end of this road.

  2. karen says:

    I love that you’re challenging yourself to not write! At first I was a little skeptical of this idea, but I’m really interested to see how you’ll narrate your transition through images, sounds, and videos. Very cool! Good luck!

  3. I really like this idea because I like seeing how people come to conclusions about what they want to do. Also, I agree with Kevin’s post about knowing what we want to do, but not knowing how to get there. I feel that way with teaching. I know exactly what I want to do. Teach. But where? How? What do I have to do before people will trust me enough to be in a classroom alone with 20+ students? There is much more than our years at college that get us to where we want to go.

  4. Claire says:

    this sounds a lot like one of my project proposals…we’ll be able to compare ideas and future plans, hooray!

  5. Amy says:

    I really like that you are forcing yourself to leave your comfort zone. Let me also say that I am a terrible writer and WISH that I liked to write, so be thankful that you enjoy such a useful tool. Also I think it will be fun to try and find pictures, audio and video to express you thoughts without words.

  6. Amy Olson says:

    Its really good that you are forcing yourself to step outside of your comfort zone. I think you’ll have fun expressing your process through methods other than writing like images and sounds. It’ll be cool to see your posts and figure out what you are trying to say!

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