Grace Eng

Major(s), Concentration(s):  Strategic Communications
Year at Elon: Sophomore

1. Other than class assignments, what kinds of things do you write or have you written?
Besides schoolwork, I’ve written an article for the Elon Softball Team’s homepage called “Softball Serves Up Food and Laughter at Good Shepherd Kitchen”, showcasing our team’s commitment to reaching out and helping our surrounding community and those less fortunate. I also enjoy writing poetry; I tend to write about family, friends, and other important values in my life. I love making my poems comical, relaxed, and full of rhymes. Some of my best poems are written for my family and friends’ birthdays, highlighting memories we’ve made and what makes that person special to me. My goal is to make my poetry not only relatable, but also meaningful and true to how I feel.

2. What piece of writing are you most proud of?
I don’t have one piece I’m most proud of. Unlike my schoolwork, when I write, I don’t do it based on someone else’s standards, requirements or limitations. I write because I want to and I like to, not for an incentive. So for me, all my pieces are a reflection of the writer and person I am, each one I guess you could say symbolizing a different color of my palette.

3. Where is your favorite place to write?
I actually love to write on my laptop; I can type for hours, letting my thoughts spill out on the page and come to life through my fingertips. As far as where I write, it can be anywhere. During the summer and at home, I find myself writing outside, whether it may be on the beach, in my room listening to music, etc.

4. Do you have any interesting quirks and/or routines you follow when writing or when you are preparing to write? What are they?
Before writing anything, I tend to clear my mind and just jot down any notes, thoughts, ideas, or words that relate to the topic I’m going to write about. I don’t worry about spelling or format, I just write down anything and everything I think of. Then I go back and look at what I’ve written and begin drafting my piece.

5. Who is your favorite writer? Why?
My favorite writer would be Jodi Picoult. In every book of hers, Ms. Picoult is able to capture the audience with intense yet real-life situations. I admire how much research she puts into every story, whether it’s about science, medicine, or the law, and then her ability to create such unique and lively characters. My favorite work would either be Nineteen Minutes or The Pact.

6. What was the best writing experience of your life?
Although it dealt with a very sad point in my life, I remember how much I wrote about the death of my grandfather. He passed away the day before my birthday, and I never wanted to celebrate my birthday because of the memories I associated with that time of the year. After a few months, I found myself constantly writing in my personal journal, venting my pain and my thoughts about my grandpa. As I look back, those journal entries will never be forgotten, because they represent the love I have for my family and how much I’ve grown the last five years.

7. What would you most like to improve about your writing?
During my time at Elon University, I hope to continue to expand my vocabulary and to practice writing related to PR. I have a strong passion for sports, and in the future I would like to work with a sports organization as an agent or in an agency representing sport clients. Until then, I can only keep writing and familiarizing myself with social media, press releases, proposals, and other pieces that would be within this field of work.

8. What advice do you have for other Elon writers?
I would say to take chances. Writers need to keep growing, challenging their skills and going out of their comfort zones to see what they’re capable of. And whatever they write about, they must be passionate about it and fully commit themselves to their work. Anything done half way isn’t worth reading, so don’t stop creating. Writing is our way of leaving something for the rest of the world to read and to remember us by.