My name is Lauren Gehant. Ever since I can remember, I have loved to write and tell stories. The fact that authors -whether they be the author of a novel, a journal, a blog, an essay, a speech etc.- can create a story and bring it to life, amazes me. That is why I chose to major in English. I will graduate with Bachelor of Arts in English in May 2017.

One of my professors, Jason Akst, told me, “Words are powerful. Words have meaning. Make sure you remember that when you go out into the world and start writing”. That piece of advice has stuck with me ever since.  He is right. Words, spoken or written, have the power to sway people. Words can change people’s hearts and minds. Words can entice people to do something, good or bad. As writers or speakers, we have to be careful about what we write and say.