This is my 2nd year at UWMC and I finally found the time to take the Mush class that was offered. I assumed that the class was going to be difficult but realized instantaneously that it was not. I have taken many English courses here at the MC and feel confident in my writing abilities but was glad that I got the chance to expand my knowledge. I liked this class from the minute it started-brought everyone together and we have had many laughs, especially with our company of rocks in our little geology lab. Mush has made me value my writing more as well as show me more techniques that I can apply to my own writing in the future to make it better. I realized once we started reading the pieces in the packets how diverse our small group was, as everyone had different opinions about everything. I remember our first big debate with two fiction pieces by the same author…probably my favorite moment in this class thus far.
I was ecstatic to be selected as Poetry Editor for Mush. At first, I was a little bit intimidated once seeing the quantity of just poems that we had submitted by people, but my nerves went away the instant I started reading the pieces. For me, this was a big responsibility as I have never been on a school paper or yearbook committees, so I did not have too much experience in terms of making a magazine, but this class made it seem effortless. I’ve never told anyone, not my family or friends, but reading and writing poetry helped get me through some tough times during in my life and honestly I don’t know where I would be if I hadn’t turned to poetry to voice my thoughts and emotions. This role in Mush makes me feel as if I have a purpose and a goal to accomplish, whereas in my other classes I just sit there, take notes and take tests-nothing very exciting. I have loved most of the poetry that was submitted.
I was in for a shock when I realized how in depth the process was of selecting pieces for publication. I had submitted a piece last year and got rejected but still picked up Mush anyways and low and behold, at least 50% of the published pieces were editors, so for a little while I felt defeated and unsure if I should submit again, as I felt my pieces in all likelihood wasn’t given that much thought. Wrong! As soon as I saw how specific the process was in terms of separating what students wrote, community and alumni I realized the process took a lot more work than I expected. Knowing now that the pieces were read blindly when submitted made me start to understand why my piece could have been rejected-did not match up to other creative talent. I’m glad that Mush sticks with keeping the pieces being read blindly because if not, that takes away from the integrity of the magazine-if you read a piece by someone you know wrote it, it is likely that would get published just because of that reason. In truth, I am glad that I chose to take this class, for it has taught me a lot about writing and how I can improve. I am really going miss this class when it is over for the semester-so many fun memories and friends were made in the process of putting together a masterpiece. When I transfer to UWSP this fall,
I really hope they have a literary magazine so I can join that class and help create a masterpiece again.