Your name: Leila Varzi
Your home town: Atlanta, GA
Your major(s): English and Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies
Are you fluent in any language(s) other than English? French, Spanish, and Farsi
What are your career plans? I could either see myself going into business (possibly consulting) or pursuing a Ph.D. in English (in other words, I have no idea!!).
What is your favorite book or author and why? Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi. I love the way the interaction between text and image captures the traumatic events of the Iranian Revolution so simply, and yet so expressively at the same time. I also admire Satrapi's playful and delightful use of humor despite the rather grim setting of her work. Telling the story through the eyes of her childhood self, she brilliantly makes light of a tragic situation without ever being callous or reductive.
What is your favorite word? Crisp.
Describe (in a short paragraph) a significant breakthrough in your development as a writer:
I always struggled with organization, so discovering the concept of a "Reverse Outline" was an absolute game changer. Going back and identifying the main point of each paragraph I've written allows me to take a step back, see the bigger picture, and ensure that each paragraph is working to support my thesis.