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Student Spotlight: Tessa Arden


The publishing class of 2017 is bursting with talent. Student Spotlight is a mini series designed to shine light on a few of those talents. To kick things off, meet Tessa Arden: a brilliant copywriter with a flare for stringing beautiful words together. She was a Features Editor on the print magazine, and a WordPress Designer on the magazine’s website.

When/how did your love of writing start?

When I was a child my dad worked a lot, but he would always read to me at bedtime. It was our special time together, and I looked forward to it every day. He read me the Lord of the Rings from start to finish when I was in Grade 3, and I was utterly enchanted. That is where my love of fantasy and science fiction comes from, and that is when I first thought to myself, “I want to write something that epic one day.”

Your favourite genre of reading is Sci-fi/fantasy, do you like writing about this too or do you like writing a different genre?

I have dabbled in science fiction and fantasy, but I primarily write poetry and fiction.

Do you have any writing projects on the go? What are your plans for them?

I haven’t had a whole lot of time to dedicate to my writing lately, but I do plan on finishing a book one day.

“Reaching record highs
Catharsis sighs, 
You see the lid is sealed
The peels unpeeled
Contained in a container 
Moving in 
Ever in.
The air’s too thin
Where real ones roam, 
The fear of fear 
Cannot be toned. 
Terror is terrible:
See the sky 
That’s caving in? 
Because of the real ones. 
While meteoric brains, 
Explode, shower, rain
And the curtain call 
For crying, 
Is loudly dying,
Stop softly trying, 
It’s vain.” 
– Tessa Arden

You have $500 to burn, all your friends are busy and you have the whole day to yourself, what do you do?

Honestly, I would probably go shopping! I’ve been a student for most of my adult life, and this fact is, sadly, reflected in the quality of my wardrobe. With the leftovers, I’d treat myself to a nice bottle of wine paired with a good book.

What skill or craft would you like to master?

Web development. Over the past couple months, I have totally fallen in love with code. I find it immensely satisfying… I never thought of coding as being a creative pursuit, but what I’ve discovered is that it actually requires a lot of ingenuity to be able to solve the problems that arise, and successfully bring a design to life on the web.

Where is the most beautiful place you’ve visited?

That’s a tough one. I’ve been to some pretty beautiful places, and each one beautiful in different ways. If I had to pick though, I would say Lake Arenal in Costa Rica.

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