Tory Darting

November 2018
Double Major in Journalism (Strategic Communication) and English

"I’ve been writing stories since I was a little kid (by writing I mean terribly constructed 5-page stories that didn’t make any sense or have plots), but I didn’t realize that was what I wanted to do until I was a senior in high school after I volunteered as a Writing Center tutor. My love for writing stemmed from reading my favorite series, Harry Potter. The story of the struggles J.K. Rowling faced in order to get her books published is incredibly captivating, and those struggles are the reasons I want to pursue publishing and eventually follow my lifelong dream of becoming a best-selling author. I’m not in any writing clubs, but I was chosen to present my fictional short story for the Writers’ Faire last semester. The short story was an assignment from my English 203 class where I rewrote the ending of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and created a more exciting ending to the novel, in my opinion.

My favorite part about the Writing Center is its friendly work environment. I enjoy working with all of my co-workers, and my supervisors are very helpful and responsive when I have questions or concerns about anything. If I could give someone a quote about writing it would be from one of my favorite authors, Sarah J. Maas, advised for younger, aspiring writers: “Read a lot, and write a lot. Write what you LOVE, even if people tell you it’s not worth your time. And never, ever give up.”

Three interesting facts about me include I only have one kidney, in my free time, I enjoy reading my favorite books and watching my favorite movies, and I am the number one Harry Potter fan."

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