The Beginning of My Digital Story Journey

To start off my freshman year of college, I’m already being asked to do some deep thinking… into myself. Although this is for a CLA 1005 class that most people would not consider as their top priority, I am going to strive to do the best I can and to commit to doing a good job. The goal of this digital story project is to gain an insight into myself and dig deeper into my first year of college experience. For this I am given two choices;

Option 1: College, Self or Community which entails either an ethnographic or auto-ethnographic type study into a first year of college experience.

Option 2: Community-Based Service learning

For this project I will be doing option one. Within this option I will be focusing on my personal journey throughout my first year in college in relation to the change in my evolving identity, values, strengths and interests. I will compare these changes to others who might be either in a similar or completely different position that me in their first year of college. I have always liked the idea of looking more into myself because if I am honest, it is something that is much needed since I still have no idea what I want to do for the rest of my life and I strongly believe that this project will really help me to get to know myself enough to where I feel comfortable making a decision. Although I am still not expecting a huge epiphany, it will be interesting to see what comes out of this year, and if I have any more of a plan for the rest of my college experience.

A few of the things that I will be doing to gather information for this project will be, conducting interviews with several of my classmates, taking polls and of course keeping journals of my own emotions and thoughts throughout this year.

Several questions that will aid me in my research are:

How does my college experience differ from other students in my year and position?

How do my values and beliefs differ from students in a different socio-economic and socio-cultural position.

What major differences do on-campus students and commuter students experience? And how do the pros and cons of each affect the students in their respective categories?

I look forward to documenting my journey on this platform and being able to look back at it at the end of the year. I’m sure it will be fun!

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