School: University of Missouri – Columbia
Majors: English, Romance Languages
Favorite Book: The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
I think my parents realized early on that books could reach me more easily and fluently than they could. If there was a life lesson that they wanted me to learn, lecturing me would do no good. Instead, the three of us curled up on the couch and read novels about characters who learned those lessons the hard way. Characters like Meg Murry, Tiffany Aching, and Jo March soon shaped the silhouettes of my aspirations. When I read, I am foraging for that exquisite congruence between the contents of the page and the contents of my sometimes-baffling brain.