Your name: Tamara Mason
Your home town: Queens, NY
Your major(s): English
Are you fluent in any language(s) other than English? No
What are your career plans? I plan on getting a Ph.D. in English and eventually teaching at a university.
What is your favorite book or author and why? My favorite book is The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, because it's a quick, easy read that motivates you to change your life in the guise of a fable.
What is your favorite word? Why?
Describe (in a short paragraph) a significant breakthrough in your development as a writer: I applied for a writing camp and I was asked to write an essay on how my environment has influenced my writing. I had no idea what to write about;however, while I listened to an exchange between an american child and his hispanic mother, it reminded me of my family. I told a story that not only answered the prompt, but also showed my experience as an American born child with a Caribbean family. I didn't get in to the camp, but I learned that every time you write, it is a chance to give the author a little of yourself.