Renée Robinson

Major(s), Concentration(s): I am in the Interactive Media Master's program (but I went to Elon for undergrad and graduated with a major in Psychology and minor in Spanish)
Year at Elon: Graduate student

1. Other than class assignments, what kinds of things do you write or have you written?
I conducted undergraduate research in psychology while at Elon and helped to write the final article on our study.

I have a blog as part of the iMedia program. http://robinsonimedia.wordpress.com/

I was the Sigma Kappa Triangle correspondent while in college, so I wrote short blurbs for Sigma Kappa's national magazine, updating them on what our chapter was up to.

I wrote abstracts for books/periodicals/journals/etc. as part of an internship at a community and economic development organization in my hometown. I also conducted research for this organization regarding the Marcellus Shale natural gas industry and wrote summaries of the findings, outlined potential benefits and potential dangers, etc. for employee use when writing grants.

I wrote all of the content for a website I produced along with other iMedia students. We worked with CODECE, a nonprofit organization dedicated to conservation and the sustainable development of the mountains of Escazú (in Costa Rica). www.codececr.org

While abroad in Seville, Spain, I wrote an article about childbirth in public healthcare systems for CIEE's student magazine. http://www.masmenos.es/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/masmenos13_eng.pdf

2. What piece of writing are you most proud of?

Studying psychology as an undergrad gave me a lot of opportunities to write research papers on really interesting topics - from evolutionary psychology to analyzing myself and my personality (which is quite an odd thing to do) to my emerging adulthood and identity formation. I'm really proud of all of those papers.

3. Where is your favorite place to write?

I like writing in more relaxed, laid-back environments. Whether it's sitting in a coffee shop, by the pool, or on my porch (all while listening to music), I just like being somewhere away from people.

4. Do you have any interesting quirks and/or routines you follow when writing or when you are preparing to write? What are they?

Other than a lot of blank staring at the computer screen, waiting for inspiration, I don't really have any routines that prepare me to write.

5. Who is your favorite writer? Why?

I'm never any good at picking a favorite anything - from favorite food to favorite song to favorite book. I enjoy nearly almost everything I pick up. Mitch Albom is great, I'm just starting some Jack Kerouac now, and I cannot stop reading Thought Catalog - all of the contributors to that site are HILARIOUS. They have such a dry, witty sense of humor that just perfectly captures what I think and feel 99% of the time.

6. What was the best writing experience of your life?

Getting the opportunity to write a magazine article while studying abroad in Spain was awesome. I got to chat with a couple doctors in Seville and traveled to a beach town to talk to a woman who is basically a midwife in order to write my article, so it was fun getting the chance to work with different people and learning more about a different culture.

7. What would you most like to improve about your writing?

I'm a pretty wordy writer, just because I love being descriptive and really pulling people in to a moment or idea, but sometimes I should probably be a little more concise.

8. What advice do you have for other Elon writers?

Bad grammar kills any piece of writing... don't forget the basics.