Since the ninth grade, I have been a fiend for stories, especially those in television and film. I would spend all of my spare time “catching up on my shows,” even while completing tasks like homework or doing the dishes. I would watch television as a way to unwind from the day and escape into stories that were nothing like my own experiences. I believe that all stories from all perspectives are valid because they provide some insight into the human condition. Over time, my hobby of casually watching television has evolved, just as I have through the years, into a markedly critical approach to the ways characters and plotlines develop. For this reason, I approach all stories through a lens that takes note of how narrative elements contribute to the story and its deeper meaning. By understanding the deeper meanings of stories through analysis, one is able to understand the perspectives of others and gain a greater understanding of their lived experiences.
My appreciation for storytelling has also translated into the way that I communicate. My family has always encouraged clear and concise communication from me. This included the clarity with which I communicated my ideas as much as it did the grammar I would employ while communicating them. This clear transmission of ideas extends to oral and written means of communication. I believe that one’s strength in verbal and written communication is a direct reflection of the ability one has to think critically. For this reason, I have honed my skills of communication into analyzing and synthesizing more complex ideas to make them digestible for the intended audience. The ability to analyze and understand concepts is another fortunate effect of my strength at communicating complex ideas. I am able to interpret larger concepts by understanding the smaller components and how they connect to each other.