Martin Corpus, Peer Consultant

Martin1.jpgMajor: Media and Communication Studies 

One of the most common things people will say to themselves is, “I don’t know what I’m doing.” I’m surely no exception to this as I remember one of the most difficult projects I ever had. The task was to write a 12-page paper which answered the question, “If you could own your own business, what would it be and why?” Without any experience in entrepreneurship, I knew things weren’t going to be easy. I started strong by outlining every possible idea, then writing a first draft. When I had to make definite decisions to set a direction for my paper, I found myself saying, “I have no idea what I’m doing!” My hesitation to ask for help, and fear of embarrassment kept me at a standstill.

Before it was too late, I stepped out of my comfort zone and into my neighbor’s house for a cup of morning coffee and advice. His feedback revealed that I had a well-written draft, and that it just needed some clarity with more detail. When the deadline for that paper came, I was confident to turn it in. The experiences I had (both developing my paper and working with other people) gave me confidence whenever I found myself stuck.

 Working alone isn’t always easy. It’s absolutely normal to have an idea but not be able to explain it. Collaborating encourages everyone to teach, learn, and strengthen our work – and that is an experience I look forward to sharing with you!