A good story can start with the obvious, it just can’t stop there. Or so I learned from breaking my toe and figuring out some new stories that could come from it. It’s the kind of deepened inquiry that will make your college essay way more interesting and fun to write.Contiune Reading
As a writing teacher, I find well-meaning cliched responses like “Everything that happens to you is for a reason” are born of other people’s discomfort with our discomfort. They are hard to stomach too. So I suggested a revision: what if you said to them (and yourself), “Everything that happens to you…is for art?”Contiune Reading
Math and I are old Frenemies. We whisper about each other behind each other’s backs– word problems indeed. In this area, it’s hard to talk about my feelings– where they came from, how gendered they might be.
Maybe you can relate, or maybe you can’t; maybe numbers make you feel confident, like whatever is quantifiable is also manageable. Maybe you love equations more than, say, a great burrito. For a moment, I’m looking at the other side of the story.Contiune Reading
My baby just “spoke” her first word– oh the joy and pain of coming into speech! (Buuuuhhhhrrrrrrr, she said, gesturing at our parrots, who weirdly said nothing back.) So this got me thinking about first words in general. And especially the first word of your college essay.Contiune Reading