I'm a senior in the computer science (COS) department, pursuing a creative writing certificate in poetry. My pie catering company, Julia's Pies, was recently shut down for violating the Rights, Rules, and Responsibilities, so I am now sheepishly putting away the pie pans to focus on COS, design, and of course, poems. My poetry tends toward subjects of discomfort and sickness. I hail from the San Francisco Bay Area, California, where I can be found during the winter and summer months enjoying the weather.
Growing up, I was fortunate to have a family that accepted my interest in the humanities. Still, there were few resources open to me to improve my writing, and I was easily discouraged. Halfway through high school I decided for myself that I would pursue science as a more practical career path. As a result, I stopped writing for the next two years. It was only by chance, when I wandered into Labyrinth one day and came across the incredible Stag's Leap by Sharon Olds, that I was inspired to start writing again. Today, I'm quite happy with my concentration in computer science, but I'm also glad that I didn't lose my connection with the arts. From my experiences, I can help and empathize with students who never received formal teaching in creative writing and feel "behind." I can also provide guidance to students who feel that they shouldn't pursue the arts seriously because their major is in the sciences.