I am a twenty-two year old freelance writer, editor and arts graduate of European and South Asian settler heritage, currently living on unceded Ngunnawal land.
I’ve loved creative things all my life! I started off, as many do during childhood, painting and drawing endlessly, but I eventually realised that my talents lay more in writing.
I came to university to study arts with vague ambitions of becoming a journalist, but I didn’t really know what my calling was. I started working at Woroni (ANU Student Media) as a subeditor, during which time I dabbled in writing across genres, from news to poetry to features to fiction (in 2017 I even participated in NaNoWriMo, although I didn’t win!).
A year went by and I ended up being elected editor of Woroni.
During uni, I would occasionally dream about writing as a career, but I would quickly brush off such thoughts as soon as they entered my head, unconfident that I would be able to make my dream a reality.
Still, I continued to write and thought about a career as an editor.
My contract as editor at Woroni came to an end in 2020, as did my degree. When thinking about what I wanted to do next, writing was always at the back of my mind.
I did some research and discovered that I could make it work as a writer, at least as a side hustle.
I began to take my writing more seriously and submit to publications. Although I received several rejections, as is the norm for writers, I never felt bogged down by them.
Instead, I found that I was able to learn from my unsuccessful submissions and eventually, I did get a couple of acceptances.
Now that I have finished my degree, I am living out my dream and working as a freelance writer. I maintain a website and an Instagram account, and I write everyday.