Junior ILA major Jacob Hale shares his passion for writing. Read this thoughts below.

What drew you to Integrated Language Arts?

Well, in common speech, Integrated Language Arts translates to English Education. When I graduate, I will be certified to teach English grades 7-12. I’m passionate about reading and writing, both of which have done a lot to shape who I am as a person. Like the teachers that came before me, I want to share my passion with the coming generations. Reading has made my life so much more interesting, fulfilling, and intricate. And I possess a certain fervor when it comes to teaching people how to write, because it is such an invaluable tool for communication and self-expression.


You have written several short stories and a play: is there a favorite genre you like to write and is it different than your favorite reading genre?

My favorite things to read and write are short stories. I have written two short plays, and I’m currently working on what will hopefully be a full-length play to be produced by the MVNU drama department sometime in the future. I do try my hand at poetry from time to time. 

Was there a particular class at MVNU that shaped or developed your writing?

As far as a class that has shaped my writing, I would have to say American Lit II. I read a lot of very inspiring short stories, some of which have greatly influenced the lenses through which I view life; which in turn translate into the thematic elements in my stories. 

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  • 1 year ago