Hello there! My name is Julianne Carroll, and I’m an English major with a minor in Studio Art. I may not know the precise details of what my future holds, but I’m absolutely certain it will involve lots of reading and writing; I wouldn’t have it any other way.

My undying love of literature materialized early on in my childhood, thanks to my mother’s insistence on reading a handful (or two) of children’s books every night before bed. I instantly fell in love with the way an author could transport me to another universe and prompt me to understand new perspectives with nothing more than a writing utensil and an idea. It was only natural for me to want to emulate these spellbinding creators after consuming so many of their stories. So I did! I poured myself into writing at any chance I could get. It didn’t matter if I was writing a research paper on penguins after seeing Happy Feet or creating my own version of a Magic Treehouse novel; if I was writing, I was happy.

My time at Southwestern has broadened my perspective on literature, allowing me to appreciate different styles of writing and understand just how important each style is. I’ve been taken out of my comfort zone on numerous occasions, writing in formats I had little to no past experience with (philosophy papers and research papers for psychology), and I’ve grown more than I could’ve imagined from that. I couldn’t be more thrilled to have the opportunity to contribute to my fellow students’ growth as writers and readers.