Soooooooooooo, it’s time for another college-y update! Spring break started today, and I’m excited for the chance to READ A LOT and WRITE A LOT and SLEEP A LOT… but first I want to tell you all about what I’ve been working on lately!
The Art and Craft of Travel Writing
My classmates and I are currently workshopping each other’s essays, and… wow. My professor this semester is so much more laid back about the format of workshop than my prof from last semester! My old prof had a whole list of feedback we needed to give to our classmates, and everyone had to say something, and my current professor doesn’t do that. At all. Kind of makes me wonder whose version is closer to the sort of workshop that I’ll find someday in grad school, if I end up going there for an MFA in fiction.
Introduction to the Short Story:
From Henry James to Flash Fiction
We don’t have tests in this class, only quizzes, so our equivalent of a midterm involved writing a five-to-seven page paper that analyzed one of the short stories we’ve read so far and utilized “close reading.”
I can’t remember whether I’ve mentioned this before or not, but I originally wanted to write about Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper.” Aaaand then we read “The Other Two,” a great short story by Edith Wharton, so I ended up writing about that instead. I read some of her work in high school and really enjoyed it, so it was fun to return to her writing again.
In my essay, I talked about feminism, women climbing the social ladder, how divorce granted women more power that then made men uncomfortable, et cetera. It’s a VERY short short story, so you should totally check it out if you have a few minutes to spare!
Media Uses and Effects
We just had our second MU&E test, and before that we turned our first paper of the semester, which was basically just a bunch of forms that we had to fill out concerning our daily media use over four consecutive days. Other than that, not much has happened in this class.
SO my professor has split us up into groups for presentations that will be given starting a little after spring break! Each group has been divided into two halves, and together each group has to argue both sides of a particular language rights conflict. We had some say in this, and I actually got my first choice – Tibetan vs. Mandarin in Tibet, and I will be arguing for Tibetan! We’ve already started our research and I’m super excited, although a bit intimidated because each presentation is supposed to be twenty minutes long. HOW DO I DO THE THING.
Wonder Woman Unleashed: A Hero for Our Times
Remember that essay about Luke & Leia and Apollo & Artemis that I was telling you about? Well, my prof handed everyone’s papers back and I got an A. SHE DREW LITTLE STARS AND EXCLAMATION POINTS ALL OVER IT. SHE IS VERY EXCITABLE. I LOVE HER SO MUCH. She brought cupcakes for us to eat as we took our midterm.
ALSO I feel super conflicted now because my prof isn’t a huge fan of Mad Max: Fury Road and actually didn’t think it was feminist, but some of the things we’ve been learning about recently kinda make me want to write about it for my second essay anyway? I mean, MATRILINEAL SOCIETIES HELL YES. Both Wonder Woman and Fury Road are about women getting stuff done while the men ruin literally everything, because they prioritize women and mothers and female leadership and other awesome stuff like that.
How have your days been lately? Are you working on anything fun? TELL ME ALL ABOUT IT, MINIONS.