This semester challenged me in many ways. Writing about one subject for a whole semester was challenging but it helped me to be more creative with my writing, hence the name of this course, Creative Writing. Getting started was the most challenging part because I had ALOT to say about being a first-generation college student and I wanted to share all of my experiences in one shot. That was my problem in the beginning, combining posts that could have been more than one into one post which made it harder for me. For instance, my first post was about getting into college and at the end, I started talking about my troubles dorming. Like Whitney…. why are you hurting yourself.
After that, I began to write in my notes topics that I can write about throughout the week. Unlike some of my classmates, my blog came from my personal experiences so when I went through it, I wrote it down. Referring back to my list made it ten times easier for me to write a post.
The comments really helped me to push through. Some weeks I personally felt like I was falling off and wrote off topic but the comments boosted me up. The comments that agreed with my post made me feel like I was the voice of all first-generation students. The reason why I chose this topic is that I feel as though online there is not a discussion about first-generation college students by a student who identifies as though. On weeks where I did not know what to write about, I would look up topics but always ran into the same basic information about us by researchers.
Researchers who are not first-gen students and relied all on research to get the answers. I would rather learn how to drive a car by someone with experience rather than someone who interviewed thousands of people of people on how to drive and they themselves never been behind the wheel. SO I am trying to be the one behind the wheel sharing my experiences s I fail and/ r succeed during my college experience. Therefore, reading comments like “Girl I can relate” made me smile, meaning I did what I wanted to do.
I did not want my posts to be simply about my family specifically but I wanted to use them to help craft whichever topic I was talking about that specific week. The personal experiences really helped me to shape my argument or my story for that week.
Throughout this experience, I hope I educated some of the students who could not relate with my posts. If you are not around other first-generation students, how would you know their struggle? All the topics that I have spoken on are just 30% of the issues that we go through. There is way more stuff that I have to learn but I just have not got to that part of my life yet. After reading some of your posts throughout this semester I learned one thing we all have in common: WE ALL LIKE FREE STUFF!
Since this is my last post I would like to share my favorite quote with you guys which actually relates to my topic this semester: