Your name: Elbert Liang
Your home town: San Diego, CA
Your major(s): Philosophy/Economics
Are you fluent in any language(s) other than English? Mandarin Chinese
What are your career plans? Undecided
What is your favorite book or author and why? My favorite book will always be whatever book I'm reading at the time, but I'll also always have a soft spot in my heart for the Magic Treehouse Series--the series that first got me into reading.
What is your favorite word? Lugubrious
Describe (in a short paragraph) a significant breakthrough in your development as a writer: I never had any problems in my English classes as a kid until I met the formidable Ms. Dixon my freshman year of high school. My first essay of the year came back with a C+ and I was horrified. Subsequent essays came back with similar grades and I couldn't figure out what I was doing wrong. I sat down with Ms. Dixon after class and she pointed out that while I wasn't doing anything very wrong, I wasn't doing anything very right either. I asked my older brother for help and he told me to think about what I was writing. If a sentence wasn't good enough or served no significant purpose he made me try again over and over until he was satisfied. The next essay I wrote came back with an A- and I learned the two most important lessons of my life as a writer so far: always be conscious of what you're writing, and writing can always be improved.