I’m a senior studying Econ currently in my final semester at UM. My four years here have been incredible, and it’s tragic to think I’ll be leaving Ann Arbor in four odd months. Some things I really like are entrepreneurship, world travel, rap, and Asian food. I estimate that I consumed Kang’s hot stone bibimbap over 30 times last semester. I grew up in Chicago and can’t see myself ever living outside of a city. After graduation, I’m planning to travel Europe/Asia (tbd) with friends before moving to Austin, Texas where I will work and become an active participant of the real world.
Writing has been an interest of mine throughout college as it has provided a means of catharsis and synthesis I can’t achieve merely by speaking. The spring semester after my freshman year, I participated in a six week program in Grenoble, France and kept a blog throughout to chronicle the experience. Writing in this format was a lot of fun as most of the content was story-based and very informal. This gave me the opportunity to be creative in how I chose to tell each story, and in the end, even added tremendously to my overall experience. It also formalized the notion that creative non-fiction is both my favorite medium of writing, as well as the medium that comes most naturally to me.
I’ve also done a substantial amount of business writing as a result of the job recruiting I spent an unfortunately large amount of time doing last semester. It’s frustrating to think of the number of cover letters and follow-up emails I wrote during September – November. Most of this writing adhered to a fairly established format, and to be completely honest, as I got deeper into the process, copy and paste became an essential strategy. My writing was very succinct, and largely void of descriptive language and humor. It provided a unique challenge though as I had to be clear and informative in a way that is not aligned with the way I speak.
This was the primary difference between these two types of writing. The blog came very naturally to me as I was writing the stories in a similar manner to how I would tell them orally. On the other hand, writing for business purposes was much more laborious. I rarely struggled to put words on the page while blogging, and was able to put out quality information fairly quickly. I’ll happily choose that over uninspiredly staring at my computer while trying to come up with a thoughtless, 3-sentence follow-up email. Still, there was significant overlap between these two types of writing, primarily in the sense that I was always striving to effectively communicate my point. I strived to write each sentence in a manner that would resonate most strongly with my audience. Unsurprisingly, this was effective (people liked my blog and I eventually got a job!) and I look to employ this strategy in all of my writing.