This post is by the Honest College intern Carson Suggs (Arizona U).
College is exciting, but we would all be kidding ourselves if we didn’t admit that it was also frightening.
But maybe I’m projecting. In January I start my first semester as a university student, at the University of Arizona.
This comes after a number of years at a community college: over two years of dual enrollment while in high school, and, after leaving high school at the end of my sophomore year, about a year and a half of attending full-time and completing my associate of arts degree.
Times are changing, and it would be dishonest of me if I said I wasn’t afraid of what the future has in store.
I’ve kept a journal since I was 14, and I’ve been blogging on various platforms off-and-on since late-2008, with Tumblr being my platform of choice. However, the point is not the platform, but what you do with the platform.
A lot of what I wrote when I was younger was ridiculous (which is why I’m glad a lot of my early blogs are gone), but as I grow up (I’m 18 now) and move into a new phase, writing becomes more and more important in my daily routine, whether it takes place in a Moleskine notebook, on Tumblr, or even on Twitter.
“Blogging” is a word I’m uncomfortable with for reasons that are too involved to condense in
If you don’t want to write about intensely personal matters, you can always write about what’s going on in your classes, and if you happen to write intelligent stuff, your blog could get attention (in a good way). You could also use your blog to build your writing portfolio, if you’re so inclined.
If nothing else, keeping a blog allows you to have a record of the thoughts and feelings you had at the moment of clicking “Publish”.
Some people may not want to relive those memories, but for others, it could serve as an example of how much one’s grown in following weeks, months, and years, and that, I think, makes writing on the web worth it.
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