December 7 – Community. Where have you discovered community, online or otherwise, in 2010? What community would you like to join, create or more deeply connect with in 2011?
For the most part, I don’t regret majoring in English, because I enjoy books, poetry, writing, and the like. However, there are a few things about the English major that I occasionally found annoying throughout college. Like the fact that the predominant gender for the English major is girls. And the fact that out of the handful of guys who actually do major in English, few of them are actually attractive. And the fact that almost everyone who majors in English, whether they are male or female, is a socially awkward introvert who would rather sit in a coffee shop with Hemingway, Faulkner, or Eliot than, you know, be social. So you can imagine my frustrations when it came to making friends in my classes, much less, discovering a sense of community at my school.
That all changed earlier this year, though, when I decided to change my minor from Spanish to Dance, as well as perform in two different dance concerts. These decisions led to my being constantly surrounded by dancers, who happen to be some of the funniest, quirkiest, craziest, and most extroverted people one will ever meet. And because of my constant exposure to these people, I was finally able to start making friends in my classes and develop a sense of community while in college.
When I think about what I am going to miss the most about being in college, my newfound dance community is the first thing that comes to mind. I will miss the dance classes and the professors who taught them. I will miss performing in dance concerts. And most of all, I will miss the connections made, camaraderies developed, and community discovered over the past year. Something else I will miss about school is studying English and the constant practice of reading and writing. This is where my plans for connecting with a new community come in.
Now that I’m done with school, a community I would like to connect more deeply with is the blogging community. I love blogging because it’s a way for me to express my thoughts, ideas, questions, stories, and feelings through writing. I love reading blogs because I enjoy reading about other people’s lives in order to gain inspiration for the things I want to do in my own life. For me, reading blogs is like reading a variety of mini-memoirs on a daily basis. So now that I won’t be obligated to read literature and write essays anymore, I will be able to devote more time blogging, reading blogs, and getting to know other bloggers out there in the “Blogosphere.” Participating in Reverb 10 is my first step towards doing this.
In 2010, I discovered a sense of community with the dancers whom I met in my dance classes, causing my college experience to become a little more exciting and meaningful. In 2011, my goal is to be more involved with blogging in hopes of making more friends and deeply connecting with such a unique and inspiring community of people.