When I wrote a book review,
I learned how much I enjoyed doing so,
for reading it and writing about it
was like getting two for the price of one.
When I wrote a review on a vegan café,
I tried something new.
When I wrote a series of articles on volunteer opportunities,
I found out that skills and talent—
not just time and money—
were also needed.
When I wrote an article on college internships,
I learned that investing in yourself
always requires you to invest your time.
When I wrote a movie review,
I learned how to write movie reviews;
I also learned that I much preferred writing book reviews.
When I wrote an article about Toastmasters,
it led to Phi Theta Kappa
becoming involved with the organization.
When I wrote about clubs on campus,
I found out that worthwhile clubs don’t just meet,
but serve their local community.
When I wrote a story on one night of my life,
I found my journalistic niche.
When I wrote a mock syllabus,
I began to explore more forms of hybrid writing.
When I wrote about art on campus,
my interest in art and making it increased.
When I wrote a story on what I had learned from math,
I learned that it wasn’t math I learned (or at least remembered)—
it was that I could do difficult things,
and that math,
for non-math majors,
wasn’t just about solving equations,
but sharpening that attention to detail
that solving those equations required.
When I covered the literati and amateur nights on campus,
I learned how to gather quotes the introvert’s way.
When I wrote a story about professors switching careers,
I learned that it was never too late to change your mind—
that no education was ever wasted,
for it all led to our beautiful present.
When I wrote about editing a literary journal,
I learned that the process could be as interesting as the product.
When I wrote about a beloved professor who had passed away,
I learned that art wasn’t just good,
but it could be used to do good.
Through writing for my college newspaper,
I learned that I would never want to be a teacher—
save to my very own—
but I could be a tutor,
I could help others become better.
What I learned through doing,
I learned through writing—
in ways I never would have imagined.
But most of all,
I learned that there is a place for creativity in every vocation.