In August of 2010 I started school in pursuit of a degree in Creative Writing. What a journey it’s been…a beautiful one, a long one, and one with struggles along the way. In the beginning of that Fall semester I had a real talk with myself. I demanded I give my all or quit before I even started. And so, I chose to give my all. I didn’t realize that would come with sleepless nights, long lonely drives to and from New York, and mounds of writer’s block. But, that’s the reality of life, nothing comes easy or in the way that we think. The end result is a rough draft of a thesis I love and a Master of Fine Arts degree that I deserve. When I think of THAT I realize that nothing else matters. Frustration and discomfort comes in many forms but they’re the mechanisms designed to build our endurance and persistence. They push us to what we want the most.
On May 14th, myself and six other Mville graduating students will give our final reading. The podium that has held so many great poets and authors will hold our voices, one last time. It’s bittersweet for sure, but all of our hard work has led to this moment. This is our grand finale. If you haven’t been to Manhattanville College and the beautiful castle I’ve called my literary home for the past 2 and a half years, come for wine, cheese, and to hear MFA Graduate class of 2013! It will be a wonderful event that proves we can all be masters of our craft and of our ships!