Your name: Sydney Hoff
Your home town: Briarcliff Manor, New York
Your major(s): Pre-Business & Philosophy
Are you fluent in any language(s) other than English?
I’m proficient in Spanish.
What are your career plans? I aspire to open my own writing tutoring center in New York City. I really believe that writing is a critical skill that every student needs to develop, and I want to help make that happen.
What is your favorite book or author and why? Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged sparked my interest in philosophy and serves as a model for how I strive to write. As I read the novel, I felt struck by how clearly and concisely Rand presented such fascinating ideas. I was intrigued and read several more of her works. Because Atlas Shrugged so profoundly and positively influenced me, I regard it as my favorite book and Rand as my favorite author.
What is your favorite word? Ethereal
Describe (in a short paragraph) a significant breakthrough in your development as a writer: The college application process forced me to critically analyze my writing abilities, and I wasn't too happy with what I found. It quickly became clear that my lack of an editing process was my biggest downfall, and I spent the remainder of my senior year of high school developing and fine-tuning such a process. Prior to this experience, I had regarded editing as unnecessary for good writers; now, I recognize that proper editing is a necessary component of good writing.