About Me

Writing has been a large part of my identity, an unconscious one I feel has always been inside me. My earliest experiences writing were when I was growing up, as a child I was extremely shy and at times it was difficult to make friends. I used to get bullied and teased by many of my peers, and to invert the anger that developed I rebelled. I felt no one understood me, and I lashed out to alleviate the pain and desolation I felt. In time, my parents noticed my behavioral patterns and sought to correct them. They tried doing so verbally, but I refused to engage in their conversations despite their numerous attempts. The only way I felt comfortable expressing myself was when I was writing.

Times when I felt alone, lost, content or enriched, I channeled those emotions through the compositions I inscribed. These emotions then translated into poems, songs, or memoirs I would create to further express my inner sentiments. Eventually, I began to enjoy writing about my interests in sports, comics, and music. It brought me a since of closure, and allowed me to express myself openly as the margins barricaded other’s opinions and judgement.
From that point, I continued to utilize my ability to write as a means of self-expression. However, It wasn’t until my senior year of high school I would consider doing it professionally. Instead, my initial plans were to pursue pre-physical therapy, but one encounter with my former English professor Carol Dietrich, shifted my mindset. One day she and I were discussing my aspirations to become a physical therapist, and as we talked she came across an essay I’d submitted about the NFL’s lack of domestic violence sanctions.  I tried acting as if my attention wasn’ t distracted by the pop of the lid from her pen, as her thickly brimmed glasses became fixated on any possible grammatical error I could’ve committed. After she finished reviewing my piece, my professor folded the packet, looked up and asked, “Have you ever considered Journalism?”

Then I didn’t have an answer, but as the semester began to shorten I continued to reflect on her question. I began to ask myself what I truly loved to do and what inspired me. I wanted a path that allowed me to maintain a sense of elation, and a career that I anticipated every day because of its enjoyment. A few months prior to my high school graduation I made my decision, and decided to attend Ohio University to pursue admission in to the Scripps School of Journalism. I realized that the freedom I felt to create and illustrate my thoughts as a child was something I loved. Contextually molding and crafting a literary piece that has the potential to touch those spiritually, mentally and emotionally was something I could not live without. As a Journalist I want to shift the way people view the world politically, socially, and culturally. I want to chronicle the ways in which myself and others visualize the world, and its profuse of alluring elements in hopes it will make a prodigious impact onto the people of our society.

3 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Very proud to see you doing big things Earl. You’ve taken something that helped you through difficult times and let it become something to serve others, society can ask nothing more from its young people. Go forth my friend and let your light shine, never feel you need to limit yourself for anyone else’s sake.

    “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm”

    -Winston Churchill

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