"I guess I could say I actually began writing sci-fi esque short stories about cats for school. It makes me laugh when I think about it. I didn’t think I was very good at it honestly, but I think a lot of support from my teachers really helped. In 7th grade I actually attended a writing camp where I met these two people who are still my best friends today. We all kept writing together and sometimes we made short movies – it was always fun. When I got into high school, I loved writing poems – I didn’t think I was very good at it. But I actually ended up getting a few awards for it. I still try to maintain my creative writing on the side of academic writing. It’s hard sometimes, but it’s truly liberating to be a writer of any sort. Unleashing thoughts or ideas or stories on a piece of paper and making it your own is a strong power that a lot of people take for granted.
I love to truly connect with someone for 45 minutes and lend them not only a critique, but confidence that they’ll carry around for the rest of their life writing. Too many people think they’re bad writers. However, I don’t think I’ve met a bad writer after working here for 3 years. Bad writers are the writers that simply give up. But in each and every consultation I see a drive, I see someone with a desire to share their thoughts, ideas, stories, perspective. Seeing that drive every day is something I truly look forward to.
I want to write something that can reach multiple people – whether that’s a blog, a creative work, an academic piece of writing. I want to write something that strikes a chord in someone’s heart. Growing up, so many authors were able to do that for me, I feel as though that’s one of the most powerful, kindest things to do – to lend someone inspiration or hope."
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