This year is my first year on the Élan staff and I’m so excited to be a part of something so huge. I wanted to be put on Élan for many reasons but the biggest would be that I wanted to be deeply involved with the Creative Writing department. I had never really felt like I was apart of the department in the ways I wanted to be. I never helped with candy sells or anything that benefitted the department as a whole but the past year showed me that I really did want to be a part of this in any way I could. Seeing everything the Creative Writing department does for us, such as Writer’s Festival, I was able to realize that I wanted to give back in a sense. I’m willing to put my all into the department and see what comes of it.
Last year I didn’t think there would be any way I would be put on the Élan staff because I had never really shown an interest in the department, let alone Élan but somehow I was lucky enough to be picked. I take great pride in knowing that I was one of the few lucky enough to be given this opportunity. I want to do anything possible this year to make my role matter. I want to learn and take in as much as possible because this is such a great opportunity and experience.
I was positioned as junior poetry editor this year in Élan and I’m excited to see what I can add to that role to make the poetry section even better. Not only does this give me the chance to make it better but I’m also getting to surround myself with work from other writers. I have a deep passion for poetry and being given this opportunity allows me to grow as a writer as well as an individual. This is giving me the sense of responsibility that I have always craved and I’m excited to see how far that can take me this year.
-Anna Dominguez, Junior Poetry Editor