My experience with the internet stems
all the way back to the ninth grade in
high school when I began using a
program called Novanet. During the
following school year, a fellow student
and I created an online literary salon
called "Sweelit" (an abbreviation for "Sweetwater
Union High School District's Literature"). It was a forum in which
students from all over the United States could present their own
short stories, plays, or poems and have fellow students critique
them through the system. I was Editor-in-Chief of "Sweelit"
for my sophomore through senior years. During that time I was
featured in NEA Today, a national education magazine, and also
was asked to present my program to educators at seven con-
ferences in Arizona and Calfornia. These experiences have given
me strong skills in editing and supervision, as well as a thor-
ough knowledge of how to work with the internet to make it
a positive experience.
I've enjoyed using internet chatrooms such as those on America
Online and have been an active member of TheGlobe.com for more
than two years. I've made many, many friends across the country
and around the world and talk to them on a regular basis - I've
even met some in person. I use ICQ consistently to communicate
with my friends from the chatrooms and friends from college and
work, as well.
In high school I received A's or B's in every honors and advanced
placement literature course I took. My SAT II writing score was
an 11 out of a possible 12. I've been recognized in two local
newspapers, the Imperial Beach Eagle Times and the Star News for
both my work on the internet and writing skills. I was also the
editor of my high school's literary magazine and had many of my
poems published in it.
For the past two years I've been studying at the University of
California, San Diego, but am taking a break from that right now.
I feel like I'm not focused on what I really want to do. I've
decided to get the rest of my GED's out of the way at a junior
college to save money while I discover what I REALLY want.
Hope to see you all back here reading my columns ........