University of California - Santa Barbara
What it Means to Write
What would you say is your greatest talent or skill? How have you developed and demonstrated that talent over time?
“This has to be the worst summer ever,” I thought to myself. The only television in our apartment broke.
Unsettled by pure boredom, I started to flip through books on the shelf. I read voraciously that summer, and became inevitably fascinated with English literature. Specifically, I was captivated by words, and how a single word can only hold multiple definitions, but when weaved together by an insightful individual, they are granted an enchanting quality.
And I wondered if I could do the same. When I first started to write, I saw it as a way to express my emotions. But words became a medium to convey hitherto incomprehensible sentiments. Hypotheticals. Speculations. The more I wrote, the better I got at it, and I considered it as my greatest skill.
At English class I learned about great writers such as Rousseau and Wollstonecraft aiming to advocate for positive social change using their works. I was inspired. I thought about how being good at writing enabled me to find my voice, and wanted to create a platform where others could do so too. So, I created my own magazine on campus: White Noise. By helping writers of submitted articles edit their piece to more precisely present the writer’s unaltered sentiments, I promoted...
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