Thursday, January 20, 2011

Blog Assignment 1

My name is Chelsea and I am 19 years old. I'm a Secondary English/ Language Arts Education major. I graduated from Fairhope High School in Fairhope, Alabama. However, I'm not originally from Alabama. I was born in Fort Knox, Kentucky to a soldier in the Army and a student at the University of Kentucky. From Fort Knox, we moved to Fort Stewart, Georgia. Here, my parents divorced and my mom and I then moved to Jacksonville, Florida. From there we moved to Bloomfield, New Jersey, then Hillsborough, New Jersey. Our moving finally ended when we left New Jersey and landed in Fairhope.

I call myself an only child, but that's only partially true. I am my mom's only child. However, my dad got remarried and they had two children, my sister, Ella, and my brother, Kaleb. Ella is currently 9 and Kaleb is 7.

I originally wanted to become a writer, because I adore writing. It's the stable place I can run away to when the real world is tossing me around and it allows me to say things I might not be able to force myself to speak. However, I didn't just have a passion for writing, I had, and still have, a passion for words and language and creating elaborate images with words. I also loved reading just about everything I could get my hands on. Eventually, I decided I didn't want to be just a writer anymore. I wanted to do more than simply contribute to the masses of books; I wanted to teach people to enjoy literature, or better yet, teach them to love it as much as I do. So, I decided I'd enter the education field and see if I could do just that.

Aside from being in love with writing, I have a passion for horses and horseback riding, though I'm unable to participate in that particular activity.


  1. I can definitely relate to where you're coming from - military life doesn't leave much room for literary expression on any one particular idea. When you're being bombarded with different places and cultures, you're faced with a radical direction change in your writing as well - often leaving some writers to put down their pens for a while. Trust me, I know.

    Looking at this post, I can tell that you certainly have a passion for writing, and although you're going the teaching route, I don't see why you can't do both! If anything, the teaching field should provide more inspiration than anything else I can think of.

  2. Oh definitely. I suppose I can manage a small something from my experience with the military, but like you said, there really isn't much that can be had from it.

    Actually, I do plan on pursuing both.

  3. Hey Chelsea,

    I think you chose the right field to go into! I hope you will continue to strive to teach others about literature. I didn't have any teachers that really taught me how literature could mean anything to me. So, it is good to see how you will be able to bring others closer to your passion.

    Good luck this semester,

    Stephen Akins

  4. Exactly. None of my teachers ever showed us how what we were reading related to us, or even why it was important to read. Of course, I still loved it regardless, but I was one of very few. I think that if the material could be made more fun and entertaining, or if I can find a way to relate it to students, they might enjoy it a little more.

  5. Hey Chelsea!! Thats really cool that you have had an oppurtunity to move around and live in different places. I have lived in Mobile my entire life, I haven't even really traveled that much. I love Fairhope, I am jealous I wish I lived over there. Well hope you are enjoying Alabame :)