“But the wild things cried, “Oh please don’t go – we’ll eat you up – we love you so!”
And Max said, “No!”
The wild things roared their terrible roars and gnashed their terrible teeth and rolled their terrible eyes and showed their terrible claws but Max stepped into his private boat and waved goodbye.” -Maurice Sendak
As with all things in life, everything must eventually come to an end.
For my penguin pal Phil and I the end of this fall semester also marks the end of our time at Texas State. (Yes, I am unofficially dubbing Phil a college graduate.)
Now to get a little serious.
As I began this semester I decided that I was going to relish in every moment of what was left of my undergraduate career. I would not let little things slip past me unnoticed, and I would conquer even the most mundane of school tasks with a positive approach.
In my years as an undergrad at Texas State, I have been involved in many clubs, student media organizations (shout out to my KTSW family!) and countless internships. Every aspect of my college career has been tailored to insure that I would be able to get a job of interest and value upon graduation.
That being said, when we were asked to create a blog for our FDOM class I was excited because this was a chance for me to have a creative outlet. This was a chance to not be bound by unbreakable project guidelines and requirements. This was a chance for me to tell a story. Sure it was the story of a fictional plush penguin who travels the world with my friends and I, but it was a story that was fun to tell.
By creating a topic that was entertaining to me, I was able to accomplish the project requirements without dreading the process–a feat not possible with most other school assignments.
I enjoyed using the Storify tool as an element for the blog project. Although I was familiar with Storify, I had not created my own story using the tool. The application was very user friendly and it is something I can definitely see myself using in both my personal and professional future.
This project has opened my eyes to the immense amount of niche audiences on the web and otherwise. It has shown me that whether your blog is about your career, your passion, your experiences (or even your fictional penguin travel pal), there is an audience out there for the story that you wish to tell.
Who knows, maybe one day I will translate Phil’s many adventures into a children’s book.
Anything is possible, right?
As for Phil P. Penguin, his next adventure is only a waddle (or a car ride) away.
To all our fellow FDOM-ers, we thank you for reading!
And as always, we wish you the happiest of travels.
Farewell for now,
Ashton && Phil