“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” –Mark Twain
I grew up in Enon Valley, Pennsylvania: population 400, including the 100 that are Amish. I was born to an adventurous heart in a place where there were no adventures to be had, and to compensate for my lackluster lifestyle, I became an avid reader. I have J.R.R. Tolkien, Mark Twain, and J.K. Rowling to thank for allowing me to vicariously live my own adventures through their words, and for leading me to write my own stories. I was born a writer and an explorer, and I could think of no better way to combine those two passions than through journalism. I’m a journalism major with a writing minor, and began writing for the Rocket my freshman year. Though I’m more interested in hard news, there isn’t much of that going on in Slippery Rock, so I chose to devote my energies to the Campus Life section. Though Slippery Rock is lacking in the news area, what it doesn’t lack in is interesting people who are passionate about their involvements at Slippery Rock. Through my writing, I’ve met some of the greatest people who put all of their energy into what they do. Now a junior, I’ve taken on the position of Assistant Campus Life Editor, and hope to bring just as much vigor to that position as I did when I was just a wee contributor. Aside from being a writer, I’m a state-champion archer, an artist, a videogame lover, an amateur cowbell player, and the proud owner of a gecko named Roosevelt (after Teddy, of course). My goal is to eventually become an editor for a book publishing company.