Hello, mighty blogosphere. I’m Dani, and yes, I have some distinctive traits — but don’t we all?
It’s good to be here. How are you? Good? I’m good too. Thanks for asking.
I am from the small town of Hawley, Minnesota. I’ll be impressed if you know where it’s located. If you don’t, all you need to know is that it lies between Moorhead, MN and Detroit Lakes, MN on Highway 10, and that approximately 2,500 people live in it. In Hawley, I spent 18 formative years between covers of novels, sunbathing, burning bare feet on hot pavement, fighting with and loving my younger sister in equal measure, making questionable decisions (as one does), and participating in extra-curriculars that made me who I am today.* Refer to the footnote if you are genuinely curious (or want fodder for well-placed jokes at my expense — both are equally accepted).
I chose Bemidji State because I received some nice scholarships and wanted to go somewhere 75% of my graduating class did not attend. This ruled out any post-secondary institution within 30 miles of my hometown. So, BSU it was.
I’ve been an enthusiastic reader and lover of words since high school, so I knew an English degree, in some capacity, was the path for me. I eventually added another degree in Creative & Professional Writing and a minor in Leadership Studies. I enjoy learning and challenging myself intellectually (I’m sure you’ll begin to notice that this semester). BSU far exceeded my expectations (and still does) on this matter. In fact, I love learning so much that I’ve decided to pursue my MA in Writing & Publishing at an unknown institution sometime in the future. Don’t worry — you’ll be the first to know.
I have a few other loves, including writing** (obviously), traveling (favorite place so far: Switzerland — see my photo above), singing, discovering new music, The Office, trying my best at making my friends laugh and failing about 50% of the time, Fleetwood Mac, making questionable decisions (yes, still — I’m just fine, Mom), and recommending my favorite book of the moment*** to anyone who will lend an ear for less than 10 seconds.
While in Bemidji/at BSU, I’ve been involved with the Bemidji Choir, the Phoenix, the Northern Student, Great River Rescue, and the Boys & Girls Club of the Bemidji Area. Please feel free to ask me about any of these topics — I love them and will probably tell you a little more than you want to hear. Proceed with caution.
Did you have fun reading this post? Great — me too.
See you next time, blogosphere.
*Fun (read: predictably and joyously nerdy) stuff like Concert Choir, spring musicals, Speech and Knowledge Bowl teams, Student Council, and the National Honor Society.
**I write a lot of poetry. I’ve written nonfiction and fiction as well, but poetry is my favorite — for better or worse.
***As of now, it’s Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn. You’re welcome.