• Tayler Boelk

    Tayler Boelk

    Class of 2017
    Duluth, MN

    Tayler's Bio:
    My name is Tayler and I was an English major/biology minor at the College of St. Scholastica! I have lived in Duluth all of my life so I know all the best local restaurants and hiking trails. On campus, I was involved with The Cable, Bella Voce, the Northstar Reports, the McNair Scholars Program, Student Support Services, and the English & Arts Club. Off campus, I volunteered with Mentor Duluth and enjoy throwing theme parties with friends and family.

  • Shivani Singh

    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

    Bryan Chavez

    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

    Jin Baek

    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

    Kathryn McCarrick

    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

  • Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

    Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

    Malvern Madondo

    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

    Laura Salazar

    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

  • Katelyn Gehling

    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

    Neena Koslowski

    Apple Valley, MN

    Daniela Moreno Gomez

    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

    Brooke Elvehjem

    Mora, MN

  • Laila Zemar

    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

    Jason Chavez

    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

    Halle Nystrom

    Graduate Student
    Fargo, ND
    M.S. Health Information Management

    Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

  • Takudzwa Munjanja

    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

Creative Writing: Poetry and Fiction

Last Spring I took a creative writing poetry class for one reason: I hated poetry. It may seem counter-intuitive to sign up for a class on something I dislike, however, I was convinced that if I learned more about poetry and practiced it more I would learn to like it. I was right.

Reading and writing poetry was a challenge for me but the more we studied and practiced the more confident I became. Through this process I learned a lot about myself, things I don’t think I would have learned in any other class. My Professor, Ryan Vine, encouraged us not just to write the happy things in our lives, but the sad things, the hard things, and the angry things. Through the process of thinking, writing, editing, editing more, and editing again, I found a way to express myself.

The positive experience I had in Creative Writing: Poetry led me to pursue its sister class, Creative Writing: Fiction. So far, we are writing about a scene a week and each week has a new focus. These have included character development, dialogue, scene setting, and varying points of view.

Both of these classes have shaped up to be favorites. It is so refreshing to work on writing that isn’t your standard research essay or intertextual reading. They’ve also given me cool opportunities. This summer, one of my poems was published in a chapbook housed in the Twin Cities and I now have content if I ever decide I am brave enough to hit up open mic night!

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