Alanna Ritchie Biography
Alanna began her undergraduate years as an English and philosophy major. She received a bachelor’s in English from Rollins College in 2008. After graduating, she spent time taking graduate level classes the University of Central Florida (UCF). At UCF she combined her philosophy and English interests by studying cultural, textual and literary theory. In her favorite class, Posthumanism and Science Fiction, she enjoyed discussing the impact of technology on authorship and the self.
UCF also gave her an opportunity to volunteer teach creative writing classes at Boystown, a program for at-risk students. Alanna’s students completed writing exercises and poetry composition. The goal of these exercises was to teach younger students to develop their own narrative voice, building their confidence as writers, thinkers and people. She hopes that empowering students to use language to effectively communicate and express themselves will give students a resource for handling life and school in the future.
While taking classes, Alanna worked for in the writing centers at UCF and Valencia Community College. At the writing centers, she would tutor students, guiding them through writing assignments, assisting with research and encouraging the learning process. Participating in this positive learning environment helped her to become a better student and communicator.
Reviewing student’s writings prepared Alanna for her next job of editing and assisting UCF hospitality professor Dr. Robertico Croes in writing his academic text The Small Island Paradox: Tourism Specialization as a Potential Solution.
Teaching is one of Alanna’s passions. While she was at UCF, she took part in education courses and gave presentations on writing strategies and using technology to improve the tutoring process. She also spent time volunteer teaching kindergarten and 1st grade children at Summit Church.
Alanna’s writings, including poetry, have been published in The Thorn, Covenant College’s Literary Journal and Brushings, Rollins College’s literary journal. Award winning poet Mark Jarman reviewed some of her poetry as part of Rollins’ Winter with the Writer’s series. Collaborating with a published author gave her perspective on how others interpret language and how to turn the writing process into a discipline.
Today she has a poetry blog where she continually adds to her collection of new and old poetry. Whether it’s an ode to coffee or the ocean, poetry is where Alanna uses language and wordplay to describe the things she loves most in life.
In her free time, Alanna continues her literary education by reading classic and contemporary authors. Her favorite classic authors include F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway. Her favorite contemporary author is Chuck Klosterman, who writes humorous cultural commentary on popular trends, music and sports.
Learning about financial solutions is a passion for Alanna, as graduation brought with it the necessity of beginning to pay off student loans and the responsibility of becoming a debt-free adult. Working at Starbucks as a barista during college and after taught her about living on a low-budget and embracing jobs that provide benefits to even part time workers. After two years of working, she was able to pay off two credit cards and now she looks forwards to one day eliminating her student debt.
- Oct 4, 2013
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