Psychology Major, Math Minor
Astrological Sign: Gemini Sun with a Virgo Rising sign and Sagittarius Moon
1. Other than class assignments, what kinds of things do you write or have you written?
2. What piece of writing are you most proud of?
I can’t say that there is a piece I am most proud of specifically, but I love the feeling of turning in a product that I’ve taken my time to work with extensively. My most successful piece of writing was from when I was 9 years old. During the summer, I wrote a five paragraph essay to my parents addressing why I should get a pet hamster. In the essay, I clearly explained recognition my responsibility, a description of hamster cuteness, and the financial logistics of the operation. Needless to say, I had a new friend named “Carmel” living in my room by the next month.
4. Do you have any interesting quirks and/or routines you follow when writing or when you are preparing to write? What are they?
My favorite writer has to be Amy Tan. The first book I read of hers was the Bonesetter’s Daughter and the story really stuck with me. She essentially weaves the stories of daughter, mother, and grandmother across time and countries. Revealing beautiful misunderstandings and family secrets, the reader gets to see it all unfold. Tan also uses a lot of symbolism, patterns, and Asian mysticism in her pieces.
6. What was the best writing experience of your life?
A couple years ago, I lived on a Lakota Native Reservation in Crow Creek, South Dakota. As part of the school project, we were required to keep a journal of the trip. Sometimes you forget how much can happen in one day and when each of those moments carry so much meaning, it’s good to keep note of them all. Today, I can look through the journal and memories flood back.
7. What would you most like to improve about your writing?
I would like to widen my vocabulary and use more complex sentence structures. Also, I should probably also work on procrastination… but I’ll do that later.
8. What advice do you have for other Wittenberg writers?
Remember that professors are incredibly accessible and carry a wealth of information. It never hurts to ask a professor to suggest a book, source, or article that can add depth to your writing prompt.
9. What should students know about you when they come in to visit you in the Writing Center?
Overall, I am laid back and approach a piece of writing slowly. I will always offer a bit of humor and friendly support. That being said, I will also challenge a writer to push his or her piece to the next level (but not in a scary work out instructor kind of way).
10. What’s the best part about working in the Writing Center?
I think we have a great crew on board. We all enjoying writing, chatting, discussing, doodling, and making bad jokes together.