Hannah: 2021-22 Student Coordinator, English Major, Legal Studies Minor

Favorite Quote: “Every form [of writing] is difficult, no one is easier than another. They all kick your [butt]. None of it comes easy.” ~James Baldwin

Commentary: This quote spoke to me because it's so true! No one is gifted with the ability to write well (or to want to write well). It's not always fun. Everyone struggles with writing; the more you do it the easier it gets. Just keep going, keep writing, keep working at it, and eventually it gets easier.

Jenna: Psychology Major

Favorite Quote: “Fear is felt by writers at every level. Anxiety accompanies the first word they put on paper and the last.” ~Ralph Keyes

Commentary: Whether a twenty-page thesis paper or an email to a professor, writing is stressful. We, as writers, face potential criticism from everyone who reads our work. However! Although the writing process can evoke stress, anxiety, and self-doubt, it also evokes creative expression. As a writer, we get to transport our thoughts and images into someone else's mind. I try to remind myself of this as I write to work past the anxiety that I have. After all, I get to use my voice to illustrate my ideas. That's amazing! 

Maida: Studio Art Major

Favorite Quote: “You don’t start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it’s good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it. That’s why I say one of the most valuable traits is persistence.” ~Octavia E. Butler

Commentary: Any creative process, whether writing, composing music, or painting can be an incredible outlet for joy. However, the act of creation does require commitment. You have to lean into your work and put in the time to truly develop your skills. As you continue to practice, you develop your style, and each piece of writing helps you find your voice. So persist! Strive to find your voice and make your writing your own.