This idea for a blog was given to me by six faculty members from Suffolk County Community College.
“Megan, you should start a blog. Write about your experience and how you made Suffolk your home…Have you considered writing a blog?”
After the first few encouraging words from faculty members, I thought, looking at them astoundingly, You are not the first person who told me this. This had to mean something if multiple people were telling me the same thing in such a short period of time.
Like a new mother being handed her newborn baby, I was given the idea of writing a blog, but I didn’t know what to do. I would love to write about my experience at Suffolk County Community College, but I didn’t know how to go about starting it. So, I carried the seed of this idea, letting it blossom in my mind.
Now—three years later—here it is. My blog! It has been such a long time coming and I still cannot believe it has become a reality. I have been waiting for so long for the support and tools I needed to start, and my Writing and Rhetoric 302 class, Writing for the New Media, taught by Dr. Cynthia Davidson, has done just that for me. I have been able to take this idea and put it into action.
The thing is, I cannot do this on my own. Nor do I want to do this on my own. I need you. We need each other. We learn from each other and connect and support one another from our shared experiences. Together, we can discover ourselves in each of our own stories.
As many of you who read my blog, I know that I am not alone struggling with perfectionism, self-judgment, pressure to conform with society’s standards, and personal restrictions like anxiety, low self-esteem, and lack of confidence. My hope for my blog is that it becomes for you a mirror that you stand in front of to tell yourself “I am…”
My stomach is in a knot, and my ribcage feels like it is caving in. It as if I am walking out on stage. It’s my big debut. I’m experiencing stage fright. As a special woman to me has told me, “The butterflies you feel only mean that you are going to fly.” It’s only natural for me to feel the anticipation to take flight.
My purpose of my blog has changed and evolved in a way that I never imagine nor expected. Life is full of surprises. But something… something feels right, and I have a good feeling about my blog. It is meant to be.
I am nervous, but excited. I am ready.