I recently graduated from Wellesley College with a degree in English and Creative Writing and am grateful for my last four years in such a one-of-a-kind atmosphere. At Wellesley, I found storytelling to be at the core of my academic and extracurricular endeavors.
As an English major, I regularly engaged in discussion of the essence of a twentieth century novel, its alignment in traditional storytelling patterns or resistance to a conventional portrayal of a life experience. In my studies of psychology, I explored our development of identity as individuals and the function of our stories, our collective stories, in directing that development. I found my greatest sense of peace and purpose in my creative writing workshops, surrounded by a community of writers, of individuals fully invested in language-based expression.
To portray situations, to describe landscapes, to tell our stories. These actions speak to the undeniable importance of storytelling in our culture. Wellesley shifted my interests in storytelling and writing from interests that motivated course choices into passions that I want to engage in daily. My next step is to utilize my passions and energy coming out of undergraduate studies to contribute to a creative and engaged team in the workplace.
Excerpts from travel essays exploring place-based stories, family adventures, and feelings of comfort and irritation across natural landscapes.