The other day I received my writing certificate in the mail from Delta College. It is the result of 18 credit hours, a wide variety of wonderful classes and instructors, and even more hard work. As a result of the program, I created a portfolio ranging from poetry to creative non-fiction, wrote the first 20 pages of a movie script, as well as completed a memorable literary analysis class. The program also challenged me to restart my blog. Can you tell how much I loved this program? In fact, I miss my writing classes. What surprises me though is my feelings toward finishing the program.
It should not be that big of deal. I hold two bachelors of art degrees from Michigan State. As happy as I was on graduation day at MSU, none of my formal academic experiences at MSU were just about me. At one time, I thought pursuing a degree in Spanish would make me that more marketable in the business world, same with all of my study abroad activities. I studied supply chain management due to the reputation of Michigan State’s program and the success supply chain grads had at the time. The fact that it interested me seemed to be almost an afterthought. The reality that I loved all of these pursuits made those decisions that much easier to make, but my feelings were not the reason why I made them.
In contrast, I decided to complete the writing certificate program at Delta College for no other reason than my own love of writing. That is it. I did it purely for me. It did help that I was already going back to school to earn my teaching certificate, but teaching does not have much to do with why I wanted to pursue this writing program at the same time.
If I could give new high school graduates one piece of advice, it would be to pursue something you love simply because you love it. It doesn’t have to be a formal part of your education or be a means of financial support. Everyone needs a creative outlet and a sense of completion outside of academics or work.