Liz Jester

Major(s), Concentration(s): BSBA: Marketing, International Business
Minor(s): Sport & Event Management
Year at Elon: Junior

1. Other than class assignments, what kinds of things do you write or have you written?
I wrote for my high school's newspaper and sports news website, as well as my own study abroad blog.  I wrote proposals and reports for my internship at a consulting firm, and helped write ad scripts and news pitches while working at Live Oak.

2. What piece of writing are you most proud of?
I am most proud of a proposal I wrote for the consulting firm at which I interned this summer.  The proposal outlined a multi-million dollar development project.  My work was distributed to city government officials to persuade them to authorize the project, and to high profile investors to receive investments for the project.

I am also really proud of the final blog post I wrote about my time in Singapore.  It was featured on Students Gone Global's twitter account and received a lot of positive feedback.  I felt like it encompassed a lot of the emotion I felt about leaving my life and friends in Singapore behind.

I'm proud of both pieces because they are completely different styles of writing and required totally different mindsets.

3. Where is your favorite place to write?
It depends on what I'm writing.  If I'm writing a professional piece I always have to be at a desk in a more formal setting.  If I'm not writing for class or a job, I like to write when it's raining, and I usually just sit in my bed.

4. Do you have any interesting quirks and/or routines you follow when writing or when you are preparing to write? What are they?
I like writing the most when it's raining.  I also always write a huge list of bullet points, because once I get started I have to get down all my thoughts before I forget them.  So I write down a bullet list of little abbreviations and code words to remind me of my thoughts when I want to elaborate on them.

5. Who is your favorite writer? Why?
I have a lot of favorite writers but I love Mary Higgins Clark and Karen White.  I think they're geniuses- they can tie multiple stories together to make one amazing story that never gets boring and has a lot of twists.

6. What was the best writing experience of your life?
My basketball coach in high school was like my second mom- she was really tough on me but always stuck with me through some really bad times.  I wrote a report for a literature class on what I think defines a coach, and I wrote it with her in mind.  I loved writing it because my coach is one of the few people to really impact my character and my life.  I shared it with her after I graduated and I could tell how happy it made her.  It was a small thing but it meant a lot to me.

7. What would you most like to improve about your writing?
I would like to learn to write more succinctly.  I never want to leave anything out because I feel like every word and sentence adds something.  I usually end up having to edit things out several times before the piece is short and readable enough to present to anyone.

8. What advice do you have for other Elon writers?
First I think it's important to realize there are so many ways to write; you can write creative stories, research papers, business reports, scripts, poetry, articles, etc.  Write about something that matters to you and know that it won't be perfect the first time you write it; edit it as many times as you need.

9. What else (if anything) would you like to say?
I think it's important to write for yourself.  If you have your own journal you can figure out your own writing style and get your thoughts on paper without worrying about other people