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Yonkers, NY
Creative Writing
Class of 2019

Jordan Simon ’19


What is your major and intended career path?
My major is Creative Writing. I’m currently looking into an internship with Riot games to explore work as a game writer. It’s a bit of a lofty goal. That said, there’s no reason not to try and I would be thrilled to learn more about the art.

What factors helped you choose Southern Vermont College?
I’d say that SVC chose me more than I chose SVC. Nearing the end of high school I had a couple of options available to me, but they were all painfully expensive and felt like rather intimidating prospects. Not only was I offered a scholarship for the school, but I was also introduced to the school and its faculty in a very comforting and reassuring way. My mother and I agreed that, in spite of the distance, we were comfortable with my attendance here.

How would you describe your academic experience?
For a time, I struggled to adjust to college life and my academic performance definitely suffered for it. Somewhere between the first and second semester of my sophomore year, however, I finally managed to get my head on straight. I have since striven to perform, academically, in such a way that would honor the time and love my mother has put into my development.

Can you share a memorable experience?
I recall seeing an actual adult bear on my way up the road to the mansion and being sufficiently impressed. I later jokingly told my class that I intended to wrestle the bear, which has become a long-standing joke, now.

Are there any notable accomplishments that you would like to share?
As of this upcoming semester, I will have become a fully fledged author with my very own book, to my name. Through the Shires Press Publishing Program, I have gotten to enjoy the sweet creative suffering that is writing a novel. I must admit that it is absolutely terrifying. I hate it; I love it. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

What advice would you give to an incoming student?
You’re here because someone took the time to look away from their own lives and hardships to worry about you, instead. The only reason you’re here is because someone, friends, families, and yes, maybe even strangers, decided to believe in you. Don’t get it twisted either, college is difficult.

People are invested in your future. Respect and value them, and don’t forget about the people who’ve invested so much of their lives in you.

On a more lighthearted note, college is recognized by many as a time to explore yourself . . . who is about to enter the adult world. Take this opportunity to try different things and see what makes you happy. For the things that do, take care to nourish those desires and develop your skills. No time is ever too soon to try something new, and just because you’ve chosen a major doesn’t mean your life is suddenly set in stone. Do what makes you happy, first and foremost, but be realistic with your expectations of yourself.
Involve yourself in things that interest you, like clubs and extracurricular activities. It will be imperative that you maintain a balance of work and play. No one else is going to do it for you. It’s time to own up and take responsibility for yourselves.
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