At this stage in my senior project, I am primarily focusing on the written companion piece to my research, primarily because I am still in the process of collecting footage for the video component. While the video is the focal point of my project, the written piece will serve as a great way to contextualize the work I am doing by allowing me the space to respond to thoughts, concepts, and ideas relating to larger discussions on the theories which influenced my work. Surprisingly, when I began drafting my companion piece, I found that it quickly took on a life of its own. What started out in my mind as a piece that would be between 8-10 pages, has quickly turned into a document which is well over 10 pages and only about half way finished. What was even more surprising to me was the amount of energy and enthusiasm I still have for my project in these later stages of the drafting process.
Typically, working on a project with the concentrated effort I have put towards senior seminar would have resulted in a feeling of boredom; however, with this project, I have found that that my level of interest has only grown. In particular, the written piece has provided a vehicle through which I can expound upon the knowledge I have garnered while composing my project. Moreover, it has helped to give me a sense of purpose for the work I am doing by allowing me to truly contribute to existing scholarship in my discipline. Personally, my writing group session was incredibly beneficial as it was the first time since beginning this project that I have been able to present the written component of my project to an outside reader. For this reason, the writing group session marked a positive marker as I work towards moving forward with my draft as it provided reassurance that I was on the right path with my organization and use of visuals.
As the project continues to progress, I do have concerns about the length of my companion piece, something that was briefly addressed in my writing group, and ensuring that I provide the proper cues to my readers to keep them interested throughout the entirety of the piece. Ultimately, my goal is to provide all of the information necessary to contextualize my project in the minds of readers who come from relatively different backgrounds. For instance, Kerri and Scott (my primary and secondary readers) are both communication/rhetorical scholars, whereas Todd (my outside reader) comes from a business and marketing background. By composing a piece which addresses the gaps in knowledge both sets of readers may have, I feel I will be in a better place to introduce my video during my final defense.