Published: Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Updated: Monday, November 5, 2012 19:11
When I was in fifth grade, my teacher assigned us to write a story about whatever we wanted. In all of my 10 year old wisdom, I decided to write something about an erupting volcano and a badass heroine.
Instead of playing tag or hide-and-seek when he let us go out for recess, I sat in a wooden tower in the castle that was my elementary school playground, and couldn't stop writing my story. My best friend came over, asked me what I was doing, and when I told her, she asked, "What, do you want to be a writer or something?"
That's when I knew what I wanted to be when I grew up.
I'm from Washingtonville, New York, which is in the Hudson Valley, or near Newburgh, or near Poughkeepsie, which is what I have to tell people because no one has any idea where it is. I grew up with three older brothers who made me watch Star Wars and Three Ninjas, who let me play nerdy video games like Counter Strike and Zelda, and who inspired me to read Lord of the Rings and George RR Martin.
My mom enrolled me in dance classes and I became a cheerleader when I was five and I continued with both until I graduated high school. As I grew up I lived two very separate, juxtaposed lives that I enjoyed equally: I've won national cheerleading competitions all over the country, and I've won Cal-O Counter Strike tournaments. But my constant was always reading and writing.
I came into UB as an English major, and now I'm a junior English and History double major. I had no intention of joining The Spectrum, but after seeing what a poor excuse for a resume I had, I figured I could use some actual experience. Although I didn't have an interest in journalism when I started, working for the newspaper has given me a well-needed reality check, while helping me improve as a writer and an editor.