Sophomore, Class of 2023
“I’m an avid reader, I enjoy singing, and I like musical theater”
When did you first decide you wanted to be a writer? Also, what does your writing represent?
“Writing was just something I’ve always done. Whether it was short pieces or poems or the book I’m writing now, the ideas have always sort of been there. Also, I’m finally in a place where I can set aside time to work on it. My writing just represents my ideas. I never really have an agenda other than putting my ideas on the page and trying to go from there.”
What art or artist has inspired you?
“I think my greatest inspiration for my book would have to be Rick Riordan, as his stories are very comprehensive and have many similar themes as my story.”
Have you ever experienced writer's block, if so how do you handle it?
“I experience writer's block every 3 to 5 business days. I deal with it by taking a break from working and relaxing. As I relax, the issue tends to resolve itself, and other times I just write some thing I know is subpar because at least I have something down and can edit it later, as opposed to having nothing on the page“
What do you do when you are not writing?
“I watch sitcoms, listen to music, and play video games.
How do you celebrate after finishing a piece of writing?
“I usually eat cookies.“
Do you play music while you write? If so, what?
“Not always, but when I do, it’s a mix of everything. Show tunes, rap, pop, R&B and everything. Things I’ve heard one million times so I can zone out with no problems.
Has any of the things you’ve written changed the way you see yourself?
“Not really. I’m very good at evoking emotions and reactions to things I’ve never actually experienced. At the end of the day, I know my writing may have helped someone else, but I’m the same as when I started.”
Do you see writing as a spiritual or therapeutic practice? And as a writer what would you choose as your spirit animal?
“I don’t really see my writing as therapeutic or spiritual. I just get a random idea and go from there. But my riding spirit animal would have to be a snail; it's slow, but you never expect it until it’s crawling on your sandwich.”
Sophomore, Class of 2023
Describe yourself in 3 words: Faith-driven, innovative, Kind
What kind of dance do you do?
Majorette, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Ballet
What is your favorite kind of dance?
Who inspired you to be a dancer?
My family and other dancers
Who are your favorite dancers?
Well, I grew up watching Bring It!, so several dancers featured in Bring It! (Camryn, Makya, and Tanisha)
How did you learn to dance?
Freestyling and battling along with watching several HBCU college majorette teams.
What should the audience take away from your dancing?
Mainly my essence and my presence. I want them to see my hard work and perseverance and how I practice my craft to perfect it.
Most memorable experience as a dancer?
The most memorable experience is a stand battle. I went into a 4v4 battle with my two captains. What made it so memorable was the fact that the opposing captain wanted to battle me. I ended up doing great, and the captain talked to me after the battle and encouraged me to keep dancing.
What are your hobbies and how do they help you as a dancer?
Drawing, baking, and choreographing
What is your dream job?
A pediatric ER nurse
Who do you dance for?
I dance for the Divine Diamonds, one of the two majorette teams at Brooks.
Do you have a signature dance move?
Yes, I call it the Axel Backwalkover. I got my inspiration from watching ice skating in the Winter Olympics
How do you plan on moving in the future as a dancer?
I want to be an HBCU majorette dancer in college, and I want to be a role model to younger, beginning dancers throughout my career.