Zoe Barnett
The need for a second home was eating at Zoe Barnett, junior, so much that she would take on anything that would make her feel at home. This attitude can cause her to sink into too much at one time. “I feel like it’s just never enough,” Barnett says. “That there’s nothing for me to prove my writing skills to.”

Theatre is a place she can go to on her off days, and no matter what she can find herself on the other side.

But that’s not the only thing that made her feel whole.

“Writing, just like theatre is an escape for me to let all my thoughts run loose on a page,” Barnett said. “When you have ADHD your mind tends to run wild so having things to look forward to like theatre and writing is a good way for focusing and keeping my mind grounded.”

To feel closure and to focus on day to day tasks Barnett needs something that requires focus. “Yes Theatre can do this but I needed more, some way to vent into the void.” said Barnett

She felt torn between the world of theatre and the world of writing.

“I’ve always loved writing for longer than I can remember,” Barnett said.

She has been writing since she was little. At first it just started out writing cute short poems and diary entries, but shortly after the start of elementary school she started writing creatively, and it only started to grow from there; from writing poetry to attempting to write a novel.

Finally she stumbled across the world of journalism. “I’ve always felt the need to help people and with journalism I will have the ability to give people a voice that do not have one to begin with,” Barnett said.

She feels that if we are going at the speed we are now in society the future will not look as bright as we want it to be. “I believe I can really help people and that is why I want to pursue a path in journalism,” said Barnett.

“To take on journalism means to tell people what they don’t want to be told and that is why journalism is a style of writing that I will expose to the world.”

Zoe Barnett, People Editor

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