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Jeff Stern

Major(s), Concentration(s): Information Science, Communications
Year at Elon: Junior

1. Other than class assignments, what kinds of things do you write or have you written?
I write a lot of website code, and do freelance web development.

2. What piece of writing are you most proud of?
One website that I made, as the Online Managing Editor of The Pendulum, was the new elonpendulum.com.

3. Where is your favorite place to write?
On my computer, at my standing desk.

4. Do you have any interesting quirks and/or routines you follow when writing or when you are preparing to write? What are they?
Nothing too quirky, just music. All types of music.

5. Who is your favorite writer? Why?
I wish I could give a very academic answer, and there are some great writers in the UX discipline such as Steve Krug and Donald Norman. There are some great journalists too that I admire, Steven Levy and Joshua Topolsky have done great technology reporting. And I wish I could say I only read "classy" fiction written by Jonathan Foer or Jonathan Franzen. But, honestly, if I had to choose, I'm always up for a good Jeffery Deaver forensic novel. There's something about getting into someone else's world and being apart of an unraveling story, that makes reading such a great escape from reality. When I'm writing code, I'm trying to answer questions and solve problems and, maybe it's a stretch, but there's a lot to learn from the way a criminologist thinks.

6. What was the best writing experience of your life?
Not sure.

7. What would you most like to improve about your writing?
When it comes to writing code, just learn more.

8. What advice do you have for other Elon writers?
I mean the obvious one is practice. But even more important than that, make sure you care about what you're writing about. Don't just write for the sake of writing. Write because it means something.