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Q&A with Sophia Atkinson ’23 (Creative Writing)

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Leading up to May Commencement, we’re asking some of our graduates to tell us about their experience as Greyhounds and where their journey will lead them next. Meet May 2023 graduate Sophia Atkinson who will receive a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing with a minor in Communication at the end of this semester!

Why did you choose to study Creative Writing?

Ever since I was little, I have always wanted to be a writer. One day I hope to become as successful as J.K. Rowling. I have always had a passion for writing whether it was fiction, nonfiction, realistic fiction, or poetry. 

Why did you choose to study at UIndy?

I chose to go to UIndy because I knew that the BUILD program was going to be really strong at helping me academically. I met with the English Department before I decided to commit to UIndy and they welcomed me with open arms. I also like this campus since it is a medium-sized private campus, and that the campus was easy for me to move around and find my classes very easily. 

Are you a part of any extracurriculars (either on or off campus)? If so, what are they and what is your role?

I have participated in intramural volleyball. I was a Greyhound Sound Show Choir Marketing Officer for two years and a member for three years. I have been in Women’s Chorus, now known as Treble Voices, for a few years. I have also been a member of Blossoming of Friends. I was a crew member for Kellogg Writers Series this and last semester. I was a staff editor and marketing editor for Etchings Press last semester. I am currently a Co-Managing Editor for Etchings Press.  

What is one of your favorite memories from your time at UIndy?

One of my favorite memories at UIndy was when I was asked to volunteer at the UIndy Celebration of Flags during the fall semester of 2022. I was waving the flag of Austria. Even though I am not actually Austrian, it was a fun experience that I will never forget! 

What are your plans after graduation? 

Most likely moving out of state, working at a literary magazine, trying to self-publish, or working at a journalism or public relations firm possibly. 

What advice would you give to incoming freshmen?

Be prepared to make your own decisions. Give yourself breaks before doing your work. Always ask your professors questions whether during office hours, in class or after class. Take time before the end of the day to prepare for the next day.