John is a rising junior at Yale University majoring in English, hoping to concentrate in creative writing. He enjoys mentoring students with their writing and is obsessed with em dashes. From Saint Paul, Minnesota, John likes to sing, watch anime, write poetry, short stories, and personal essays, play with his puppy Kenzie, decorate spaces with flowers, and read.
This summer, he’d like to meditate on the myth that blue states in the North are free of racism, on police brutality in the Twin Cities and anti-Asian hate nationally, on rejecting simplistic, binary ways of thought, on the culture-shocks experienced by Midwestern high-schoolers leaving their region for college, on love and critique, on farmers’ markets and on language as a simultaneously alienating and liberating tool. Graphic design is a skill he hopes to work on!