MiW Intro

Hi! I’m Brynn, a junior majoring in Communications with a focus in Sales & Marketing through the Cappo Sales Track. I’m from just outside of Philly, but spend a lot of time in New York visiting friends or, as of this past summer, working. I absolutely love both cities, and try to take advantage of my close proximity to them as much as possible; I love sporadically planning day trips with my friends to wander around and try new restaurants, or to visit different parts of the city. I also, to my mother’s dismay, really love to do adventurous things, like go skydiving, ATVing, or spelunking. Aside from that, I’m an obnoxious Villanova basketball fan, and spend a concerning amount of time playing Candy Crush (currently on level 1568 and climbing), both of which I’m sure I’ll bring up over the course of this semester.

I’m really excited about being in the MiW program because I’ve always loved writing (I’ve been keeping journals for as long as I can remember), and hope to hone my skills through this minor, both for the benefit of my future professional endeavors, and for my own pleasure. I’m not sure how I would categorize my most admired style of writing because I’ve seen it in so many forms: short stories (like Le Petit Prince or Tuesdays with Morrie), song lyrics, tv/film transcripts, advertisements, even history books. I’m not sure what I would call it exactly, but I really admire the kind of writing that makes you reread a single line over and over and over again until the words are engrained in your mind. The kind of words that could have absolutely no relevance to your life, but make you stop just to appreciate the beauty of their being strung together. Or, even more impressive and desirable, the kind of words that you hang above your door, or contemplate getting permanently inked on your body because they resonate with you so deeply. The words that stick with you for hours after you’ve read them because somehow, this author that you’ve never heard of before, seems to capture everything you’ve ever thought or felt in a few, brief sentences. I guess, in short, I want my writing be memorable in someway, and to hopefully mean something to someone other than myself.

Introduction to MiW

Hello Everyone!

My name is Kevin Sweitzer, and I am a Junior in the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. I am originally from East Lansing, Michigan, but I love Ann Arbor as though it is my home. In addition to studying policy, I have another minor in Urban Studies, and hope to one day go into government work. I am minoring in writing because unlike most people who partake in this program, I do not believe that I am a talented writer, and I want to develop my writing skills to a point in which they are ready to exist in the real world with all the other real writers out there.

Outside of school, I coordinate the Public Service Intern Program, and am an opinion writer for the Michigan Daily. I also am very involved with the Detroit Partnership, and go to Detroit frequently. I hope to take my passions for policy, urban issues, and writing, and combine them into some great works that bring out all of the things I am interested in.

I look forward to getting to know all of you!

Introduction to MiW

Hi everyone! My name is Apoorvee Singhal and I am a junior studying Business at Ross. I am from Bahrain, in the Middle East. I love traveling and have been to over thirteen different countries across the world. During my free time, I enjoy watching  Suits and any romantic-comedies. Most importantly, I love spending time with my closest friends and my family members. When I started school at Michigan, I realized that my writing was completely different from what was academically expected from students here. I enrolled myself in Writing 100 that helped me learn a lot about different writing structures. Following, I thoroughly enjoyed English 125 and even completed English 225 after. I then decided that I wanted to pursue this minor since I did not want to stop writing and wanted to broaden my academic experience here at Michigan. I felt that writing would be a perfect compliment to the technical business coursework since it would entail self-reflection and personal thinking. From the Minor in Writing program, I want to discover myself as a writer and how my writing differs across various platforms. I want to push myself to be creative in this arena and have fun with writing! One piece of writing that I wish I could imitate would be F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. While reading that book, I was impressed with his style – the way he portrayed the characters, the way he described the entire scenario and how the story developed and concluded.

Introduction to MiW

Hello everyone! My name is Michelle Phillips, I am a sophomore and I am really excited for the minor in writing! I plan to apply to the School of Information specializing in User Experience Design in January. I am originally from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. In my free time I love to sing Dear Evan Hansen to my dog, frolic in botanical gardens, and write columns for the Michigan Daily! I am so excited to read all of your work and get to know my people more!

When I started college, I did not think I would pursue a degree or a minor in writing of any kind. I took english 125 my first semester of college and it definitely changed my mind. I realized that I really do love to write and unpack unique concepts through my writing. My english 223 teacher is the reason I am here today. I was really not sure if I would enjoy the program but after she showed me all the unique ways students have used the writing minor, I was hooked. I am so excited to be apart of this program and am eager to develop new skills.

During my studies in the minor program, I hope to discover a style of writing that really inspires my work. I wouldn’t say I have ever had a “favorite genre” of writing, and while I have had many books blow my mind, I have never had that reading experience that inspires me to make a creation of my own. I also hope that my work in this program will help me apply my skills to whatever kind of career I end up having in the future. I already know that this course is unlike any english class I have taken in the past and the possibilities excite me.

Some of the most interesting pieces of writing I have read have been in newspapers or magazines. Whether they be about important news stories or an opinion piece of women’s rights, I feel that there is a lot to be unpacked about any piece in a specific publication. There is a lot to learn because each writer has their own specific live experiences and I think it is so interesting to learn about it through their writing.

Thank you all for reading this far! Can’t wait for this semester!

Introduction to MiW

Hi, my name is Sarah Catherine! I’m a junior studying Violin Performance in the School of Music, as well as minoring in creative writing. I grew up in Virginia and I miss the mountains so, SO much! I work part time in the School of Music Office of Admissions as well as part time at my church as a small group leader for high school sophomores and as a leader on our worship team! I love to read and write and do anything artistic! I also have a cute little mutt that I adopted back in 2013 that I am head over heels crazy about! Her name is Rachi (she is named after the composer Rachmaninoff). I really have a passion for traveling and for missions work and when I’m done with school I hope to go overseas to do missions work and teach music! I currently keep a blog where write short essays regarding my life experiences – forming relationships, discovering Christ, mental health issues, and general college life. Talk to me, I’m friendly! 🙂

Introduction to MiW

Hello everyone! I’m Meghan Brody, but please call me Meggie. I am a sophomore history major and I am studying to be a librarian. My favorite things to do are journal my angst, hang out in libraries, read old books, and take pointless walks. I am excited to begin the minor and look forward to reading all of the wonderful work on the blog!

I decided to pursue a minor in writing because I was torn between being an English or history major (I ultimately chose history for two reasons, the first being the fact that I enjoyed the kind of research that goes into historical work, and the second being this quote from “Catcher in the Rye”), and once I declared a history major, I thought a minor in writing would be the perfect supplement to round out my love of history and my love of writing.

In my time with the program, I hope to hone in on my unique writing style so I am the kind of writer whose voice sticks with their readers. I also would like to become better at the writing process, which is usually a stressful and disorganized mess (for me). While most careers value strong writing skills, I also want to improve as a writer because I truly do enjoy writing and never want to become a passive or complacent writer.

The kind of writing that I enjoy and would like to emulate is usually found in one of my favorite genres of writing: editorials. The best opinion pieces, I believe, have the voice of the writer come right through the work, and that voice is informal and holds conviction, even in a serious piece. Perhaps the word “conviction” is redundant to include in relation to an editorial, but nonetheless, when I do find pieces like that, they are always compelling in a way that other work is not to me. Overall, the work I would like to emulate has the writer’s strong presence and voice.

Thank you for reading!

Introduction to the MiW

Hello, my name is Karis Blaker. I’m a double major in English and Women’s Studies. I love reading books, poems, feminist magazines, and articles I find on Twitter. I also really like movies and TV, which is why I work at a film library.

I want to be able to write the things that sum up what so many people are thinking but can’t put into words. I constantly find things in articles or books that do exactly that, and they always stick with me. I want this minor to help me write things that stick with people. I guess that’s the sort of writing I would like to emulate. I also have an obsession with Sylvia Plath, so her writing is an inspiration too.

Introduction to the Minor

Hey everyone! My name is Henry Milek, and I am a Junior English Major currently in the Gateway course for the minor in Writing. Whenever people hear that I am an English major, they always start asking me about books, assuming that I read a lot. The truth is, I’m probably one of the least well-read people in the department, not for the lack of joy of a good book, but simply because it is not my go-to choice of entertainment. The real reason that I’m an English major is because I love writing, and I can think of few other programs that allow for the kind of writing I enjoy than English. I’ve always felt that I communicate better through writing, and have received much encouragement from family and teachers throughout my life that has pushed me into pursuing a profession in which I could use that skill to its full potential, which brings me to this program. Whereas my major coursework is more of a practice of my skills on an academic level, I hope here to enhance my technical skills as a writer, preparing myself for a more diverse array of situations in both “real world” situations as well as my future coursework. More than anything else, though, I’m here to expand upon my passion, and in that regard, I’m quite grateful for what this program has to offer.