A New (Slightly Lame) Beginning

January 17, 2018

What’s popping, internet? If you haven’t thrown your laptop, phone, etc. in the garbage out of disgust, it’s an absolute pleasure to meet you. My name is Sam, and I’m going to be interning for The Paragon Journal over the new couple of months. As you might be able to tell already, I’m not exactly the best at introductions, but I was told I had to write one, so here I am. We might as well start with the basics while we’re still ahead.

First things first, I’m currently in the latter half of my sophomore year at Penn State Harrisburg. My major is English with a concentration in Creative Writing, and I hope to minor in Psychological Science. As of the past month or so, I live about a half hour from campus with my parental guardian (Hi, Mom!) and three cats – one of whom is a one-eyed fugitive named Tali (after a beloved video game character), so let’s keep this a secret between you and me.


If my major didn’t already give it away, I should probably make it clear that I’m a writer. My main interest is fiction, but in the past year or two, I’ve begun to develop an affinity for poetry and creative nonfiction, as well. I’ve had my work published in several different places, one of them being The Paragon Journal’s own, [Insert Yourself Here], so feel free to snoop, if you’re so inclined. I’d like to say that I’m not shy, but that would be a lie, so maybe just do it when I’m not looking.


This is probably the part where I should mention what I’m hoping to gain from this experience, or where I plan to go in the future. In truth, I’m not sure that I have the answers to either of those questions. At most, I can tell you that I want to keep writing. It took me a long time to figure that out (I originally wanted to be a history teacher, believe it or not!), but I’m not letting go of it now.


I mentioned in my brief bio, which you will eventually be able to find here, that I want to write for and design video games. While that’s true, to some extent, I don’t think it covers the whole picture. In an ideal world, there are many things I would like to do. Realistically, though, I know that I don’t have the time or patience to do all of them at once. So for now, I’m exploring different aspects of the literary scene in the hope that something sticks.

Either way, I think that I’ve written enough about myself for one day, so I’m going to end it here. Though I may not know where I’m going, I am stoked to take part in this internship, and I look forward to seeing where I’ll end up.

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