audrey saiz
Creative Writing
Journalism
Environment Science

Where are you from? 

I am from Sitka, Alaska. A small island town in Southeast AK.

Why are you interested in creative writing, journalism, and environment science as your areas of study?

I have always been interested in the natural world, especially growing up around me. In the more recent years, I have become more aware of problems and issues that occur between the environment and humans. In my writing, I typically stick to nonfiction and poetry, but I have begun to explore the connections of nature and growth in my writing as well.

What has been your experience as a student of both the College of Liberal Arts and the Honors College?

I’ve found it to be very welcoming. Coming in, the Honors College thesis seems like it has to be strictly research based, but College of Liberal Arts students often find a way to bring in the creative side. I’ve found that the honors colloquia available often appeal to those that like to think creatively, write and analyze, and go outside of their comfort zones. I think the College of Liberal Arts really prepares you for that.

Have you started your honors thesis? If yes, what’s the topic and/or focus of your research? If not, are you considering any ideas so far?

I haven’t quite started it yet. However, I’ve been mulling over the idea of doing a poetry collection for it. I want to find a way to connect my love for nature with the state that our Earth is in. I especially want it to comment on the environment. I have poems scattered around that I’ve written focused on that topic, but I want to collect them all and make something that I’m truly proud of. 

What have been some of your favorite classes taken?

My favorite part about the creative writing major is that you are able to take introductory courses in poetry, nonfiction, and fiction. These classes are often taught by graduate students. I have absolutely loved all three of these classes, as we are able to connect to a student only a few years ahead of us, and get a look into what the writing world looks like at the current moment. I found that my confidence in writing grew a ton during those three courses, and I got more excited about my career path. 

What are you hoping to do after you graduate?

I really want to work in the journalism field after I graduate. I plan to work in newsrooms for a while, in order to see the world, and explore what’s out there. But after that, I’d love to be a freelance magazine writer, focused in the natural and scientific world. 

How do you feel that your experience in CLA and HC is setting you up for success?

The best thing about the Honors College is that you graduate with a large project in your portfolio. You are able to explore something you are truly passionate about, and it will boost your resume. Outside of that, the honors college is a supportive, and engaging place to be. Class sizes are smaller, and they are extremely inclusive.