Your name: Tera Malia Robison
Your home town: Reno, NV
Your major(s): Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology and Psychology
Are you fluent in any language(s) other than English?
What are your career plans? I would like to attend graduate school for Clinical Psychology.
What is your favorite book or author and why?
My favorite book is Shanghai Girls by Lisa See because it is an empowering story of how hard work, familial bonds, and the power of the female psyche together can overcome any obstacle. See makes historical fiction relatable to people of all ages and backgrounds.
What is your favorite word? Cooperate is my favorite word because each letter “o” makes a distinct sound, and in order to pronounce the word the two letters must perform the meaning of the word and cooperate.
Describe (in a short paragraph) a significant breakthrough in your development as a writer: I had always loved writing and thought of myself as a fairly competent writer- until my junior year of high school. In my AP American Literature class my teacher Mr. Sloyan had me writing at least one three-page paper every week and a half, and I was in way over my head. His comments berated me for “fluffy” writing and incomplete thoughts. I was very frustrated and spent many hours outside of class in his office trying to win back points on my essays by advocating for my theses and rewriting my essays. While at the time I was mainly focused on keeping my grade in the class at an A, in retrospect his teaching techniques and critical analyses of my work helped me grow significantly as a writer. I learned the value of talking through my work with others, and just out loud in general, so I that I can be sure that all of my thoughts end up on paper. I learned too how to connect all of those thoughts in coherent, logical order, and that clear, concise writing can still be beautiful.