Hello! My name is Nicolas Freeman, a senior originally from Ashburn, VA. I am a Molecular Biology major in the Brody Lab at Princeton Neuroscience Institute, and I am pursuing a Certificate in Creative Writing for poetry. Welcome to my bio!
Often when I tell people I'm doing molbio and creative writing, they seem confused--I imagine that the neurons in their brains are firing erratically as they try to compute how a person can pursue both writing and science at the same time--as if poets and scientists are mutually exclusive groups. In my mind, my bio research and poetry are not separate--they inform each other. I feel authentically me when I write a line of poetry or a line of code, and even more authentic when I inevitably have to rewrite the lines I wrote!
It's about observation and reflection, I think. In many areas of my life at Princeton, I find myself observing and reflecting-- with my identities as a queer, Latinx, first-generation college student, it can be difficult at times, being a student here. The communities I've found in many creative writing classes, as well as the voice I've grown through my writing, are among reasons I'm confident to be authentically me here--I hope that other students can find something amazing in the Creative Writing Program, and I'm more than happy to help in any way I can. If you have any thoughts, questions, comments, or musings, please feel free to reach out!