It’s hard to believe that I’m approaching the last week of the graduate writing program at New England College. Before I “ride off into the sunset with a master’s degree,” as one professor put it, there is certainly a lot to do. I need to finish my thesis project, plan for its distribution, finish my digital portfolios, and reflect upon my professional and personal goals. Overall, things are coming together nicely, though I admit that I’ve returned to the drawing board a time or two along the way…
Start to Wrap It Up
Even as a writer, I find it hard to put everything into words at the end of this season of life. Nothing seems to do justice to what I have learned and accomplished during this joyous yet trying experience. However, I continue to attempt to do so through these blog posts, and I think that I came closest to hitting the bull’s-eye with my digital narrative video.
Moving forward, I’ll need to stay informed and practiced as a professional. Part of that is maintaining the discipline and flexibility I identified, while continually mining for weaknesses and addressing them to become a better writer. There were many eye-opening moments during this program, and realizing that my work is never done topped the list.
Use the Buddy System
Apart from the knowledge and degree that I’ve earned, I can’t ignore the obvious benefits of collaboration with classmates and professors. I see such value in reviewing documents for others and submitting mine for feedback. My ability to provide and receive insight has improved. I only hope that I’ll keep in touch with those I’ve been privileged to “meet.”
I also intend to connect with some associations and invest in relationships with local writers and editors, along with area business leaders and freelancers. The best way to learn is from other people and with other people. I’m not sure how everything will unfold, as I confessed at the start of this term, but I know that I’m walking along the right path now. Onward!