Volume 14 Contributors’ Notes

Katrina Amaral, is from East Greenwich, Rhode Island. She is currently a Psychology B.A. major and is thinking about adding a minor in Hispanic Studies.

Margaret Antonio currently resides in Lafayette, IN. Her favorite first-year class last was Molecules and Cells, which led her to declare a major in Biology. However, she is certain that writing, as her preferred form of expression, will be a part of whatever career path she chooses. Margaret’s essay–a response to an assignment that called for researched analysis of a common cultural behavior–won a Dever Prize for Freshman Writing.

Kimberlyn Austin is from East Longmeadow, MA. She uses her writing as a creative outlet between juggling multiple science classes in pursuit of becoming a Physician’s Assistant.

Ryan Banning is from Newport Beach, California and is familiar with surfer stereotypes as a result of his upbringing in a beach community (where he does indeed surf). He decided to write about global warming due to his concern for the environment. He decided to write about standardized testing because of the unique advantage he found when dealing with it himself. He notes that he was appalled by the seeming inequities of the current system.

Jaimie Carvalho calls New Bedford, Massachusetts home. She is a lover of good stories, interesting photographs, and long car rides.

Anya Ciarametaro  as a first-year student in Arts and Sciences, wrote “It’s a Girl!” as a meditation on gender in her First-Year Writing Seminar.  She continues to be interested in writing about her life, but math has always been, and always will be, her one, true love

Brianna Cooley is from Central Falls, RI. Through the First-Year Writing Seminar she  expanded her interests in writing and explored her major of psychology from a different perspective.

Julia Di Capua is from Westchester, NY, and she is an English and Secondary Education double major.

John Gabelus hails from Randolph, MA and is currently on the pre-medical track. He enjoys listening to music, writing poetry, socializing in his free time.

Rebecca Gioioso is a psychology major from Knoxville, TN.

Jovani Hernandez, 19, is a native of the Bronx, New York. He is thinking of declaring an English major with concentrations in both Creative Writing and Theatre. His interests are rap, jazz, spoken word, and soccer.

Eddy Hernandez-Perezgraduated from Boston College in 2010 with a degree in History. A first-generation Mexican-American and the youngest of three children, Eddy is the first in his family to attend a 4-year university.  He wrote these three pieces in his freshman year; “Still They Persist”  was a 2007 Dever Prize for Freshman Writing winner.  After graduating, Eddy joined Teach For America and taught bilingual 5th grade on the West Side of San Antonio, Texas. While in San Antonio, Hernandez Perez served as an Education Intern in the office of San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro and research fellow for Texas State Representative Mike Villarreal. Hernandez Perez went on to found Leadership SAISD, a nonprofit organization aimed at expanding community leadership within the San Antonio Independent School District community. A native of Anaheim, California, Hernandez Perez currently attends Harvard University as an Urban Scholars Fellow in the Graduate School of Education.

Jennifer Kong is from Wenham, MA. She is studying Pre-Vet at Boston College, but is hopelessly undecided on a major.

Eric Kopelson, from New Brunswick, NJ, is a math and accounting major who enjoys snowboarding and rock climbing, and is excited for the season finale of Breaking Bad.  He wrote this essay in response to an assignment that called for a personal narrative about an object.

Jim Hill is from Furlong, Pennsylvania. Last year, Jim worked as a sportswriter for The Observer and as a DJ at WVBC Newton, the AM affiliate of BC’s radio station. He’s an avid fan of baseball and a devoted follower of the Philadelphia Phillies who also enjoys running, freehand sketching, and reading Southern Gothic literature. The assignment was a personal narrative.

Allyson LaConte is an Elementary Education and Applied Psychology major from Swampscott, Massachusetts and loves working with children.

Jun Yu Lin is from Boston, MA. In his first year he found the Examen to be a very useful and interesting activity.

Mike Lipari is from Point Pleasant Beach, NJ.  He lives for long summer days on the beach where he can relax with a guitar in hand.

Daniel T. Lyle is from Newark, NJ. Some his most cherished moments from freshman year include being greeted by his black-and-white Shih Tzu, ‘K Cee’, when visiting home during vacation days.

Katie Mears, of Wellesley Massachusetts, is studying Elementary Education, but has also loved reading and writing since she was a little girl.

Sarah Messer ’13, wrote “Duty, Honor, Country” in her in her first year at Boston College, in her FWS class.  See her interview about the process of writing the essay in Media.  Sarah has just been selected to this year’s cohort of the Lilly Graduate Fellowship Program, which supports young men and women interested in becoming teacher-scholars at church-related U.S. colleges and universities.

Leslie Perlera, of Everett, Massachusetts, is an English major and she plans to someday own two Golden Retrievers named Gatsby and Daisy.

Andrea Ricol  has lived her entire life in Venezuela. She is currently majoring in communications and has recently found a passion for storytelling. Andrea’s essay–a personal narrative with reflective annotations inspired by Ariel Dorfman’s essay, “Footnotes to a Double Life”–won a Dever Prize for Freshman Writing

Ellery Spencer is from Clinton, NJ.  She is enrolled in the Connell School of Nursing.

Francis (Frank) Taylor, from Warrington, PA, is enrolled in the Carroll School of Management.  He is an offensive lineman for the BC Eagles football team.

Luis Miguel Torres is from Spanish Harlem. In his first semester at Boston College he discovered his love for English and he looks to spreading that love through Spoken Word.

Jennifer Truong is a biochemistry major at BC. Born in Washington state, raised in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area, she is a fan of both mountains and monuments.

Yoshika Wason is from Bridgeport Connecticut. During her freshman year she was debating between majoring in English or History but after taking FWS, she decided on English. She hopes to become a high school English teacher and is currently working on writing some poetry.

Megan (Meggie) Whitney is in the Connell School of Nursing.  Meggie, who is enrolled in the Army ROTC program at BC, hopes to enter into the Nursing Corps following graduation. Meggie enjoys playing lacrosse, running, and spending time with her family and friends.