Madison Stubson, Lead Peer Consultant

Major: Community PsychologyPicture of Maddie

Personally, I never really enjoyed high school, the atmosphere, or even some of the classes. I always found the classes boring, and they never coincided with my interests or my charismatic personality. Moreover, I didn't particularly appreciate reading; I rarely read any of the assigned textbooks, and I did not envision reading as a fun hobby. I know that a lot of you can relate to this because it felt, at times, that reading and writing were redundant or repetitive when we were assigned various tasks in high school. It’s similar to when your mom or dad tells you to do the dishes just as you’re about to do them or already did them; reading and writing was irritating or unapproachable to me, especially since I’m approachable by nature. However, I have to say that all of that changed when my teacher, Mrs. Raynor, the head of the English department at my high school, created a Shakespeare class. I fell in love with William Shakespeare’s novels; they contained adventure, mystery, romance, and tragedy. One passage that sparked my interest in writing was a quote from William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, “We know what we are, but know not what we may be.” This passage can be interpreted in a multitude of ways, but I bet that just as  this passage sparked my interest in writing, something similar sparked an interest in you as well, either in a hobby, sports, internship, etc.  

Through these different novels, in a way, I found a part of me that was waiting to be discovered. When reading, I unearthed the power of imagery through words and how an author can help the reader visualize the sublimity of a storyline. Writing is a gateway that allows you to express your thoughts in a concise and organized way, allowing those who read it to grasp either who you are as a person or what message you’re trying to convey about a specific topic. Writing is not an easy task, and if you’re anything like I was, writing can be a struggle. However, I believe that  through my interest in writing, we can conquer any task by working together to complete a  common goal. By working together, we can help each other expand in our skill sets because, after all, this is a collective effort that can be conquered as one.