In May of 2013, I graduated from Calvin College with a BA in writing and political science, a 3.985 GPA, and the Erdmans Award for excellence in creative writing. I also graduated with professional experience: a programs and policy internship with Washington DC’s American Forests and a journalism internship with Grand Rapids’ REVUE magazine.
Then, this summer, I embarked on my own full-time writing project: hitchhiking across America for six weeks. I encountered other people’s stories, ideas, and lifestyles. I kept a blog during this project, but it proved too limited to capture everything I learned, so I am now translating this experience into a full-length book. Through this experience, as I try to do with all parts of my life, I promoted honesty and creativity and beauty.
Beyond those three values, my passions lie in environmental conservation, journalism, and any form of writing. As a recent graduate, I am often asked which of these I will pursue, and that always makes me think of a similar question from Jack Kerouac’s On the Road: “Where we going, man?” My answer is the same as the book’s—filled with energy and motivation and a refusal to accept mediocrity—“I don’t know, but we gotta go.”