As I continue finalizing my portfolios, digital narrative, and thesis project, I’m struck with the importance of finding a balance in writing and life — in these final weeks of the program and thereafter. We are discussing different approaches to work for class, as well as the impact of technology on professional writing. I was able to consider the role of professional writers in this digital age and the niches that we represent. Such reflections will give me perspective on any future ambitions.
What Am I Made of?
I mused about identity and story, and our class forum expounded upon that, to a point. Here is a selection from my initial response:
My strengths and values are inseparable. I display a sense of passion and leadership while striving for integrity and detail. I put forth my best effort and want a product to be its best from the beginning. I thrive when I can be trusted with a task and allowed to expound upon it in the process. I think that I’m a good communicator when working with a team, and I’m a planner who sometimes functions best under the pressure of a deadline… I feel like I can contribute a lot, especially to the numerous opportunities for content development online.
I reflected upon my desire to assist people and contribute to the greater good, as well as specific convictions and hopes to that end. Each writer, in his or her own way, has a perspective and a place within a larger conversation. A classmate talked about how each of us has developed a sense of voice throughout the program. I think that we can feel confident about what we do as writers and we can be assured of the uniqueness in our work. It will be exciting to see where we end up!
Is There More to It?
I’m amazed at the possibilities after graduation, not only with a new degree, a new position, and new options for volunteering or consulting but also with the new-found time. It seems that successful people know “all work and no play” is no way to live. For those of us who tend to work hard, it’s a good reminder when venturing into another chapter.
I was sure to list some of my priorities and favorite things at the end of my biography. Interests like these make me who I am and allow me to do what I do well. They help me see beyond myself too. I’ve been happy to focus on my approach to life and work for the digital narrative assignment, which will ultimately combine music, spoken word, and videography to share pieces of my journey. The exercise is helping me see that we all have parts to play in the world — I am discovering mine.