As Winter Term comes to an end, I find myself looking back on this experience and asking myself, “What would I have done differently if I could hit a reset button?” With COVID-19, many of us are asking ourselves that question and comparing what our lives would have been like without the pandemic. This experience has prepared me for what life looks like post-graduation as life is full of many unpredictable twists and turns.
This process has taught me how to adapt to each situation. As a writer, I am not a stranger to using the functions of delete, copy, and paste. This year, I used all three to better myself and work on a team of creatives to produce a quality capstone documentary.
I used delete to eliminate sections of the story and reword the script. Some people see the delete key as a negative, and that mistakes have been made. I see it as a new opportunity and a way to change the narrative and make things better.
I used the copy function to hold onto the important things and ensure that I am telling the best story and honoring our late documentary subject, Ruby Sutton. When writing the script, I tried to hold onto the vision that I had going in and I wanted to most accurately tell Ruby’s story in addition to continuing her legacy.
I used paste by taking full advantage of my resources. Our production team had an organized shared drive with all of the interview footage, research documents, and outside sources that we have collected. By collecting those things and pasting them into our story, we could best use many mediums to communicate our message.
As I look back at my time in capstone, one of my biggest challenges was learning how to be confident in my abilities. As a junior taking capstone, I often felt like I wasn’t good enough or that my skills weren’t satisfactory. As time went by, I began to gain confidence in my work and work with my group members to create quality content. Each of my group members were patient with each other and we wanted to ensure the success of the group, in addition to individual growth. This process has helped me become a better writer, a better student, a better peer, and a better person.