My name is Ashby Strauch, and I am a third-year journalism student at the University of Florida. My passion for reading, writing and learning has drawn me to journalism, and the focus of this blog will be what I am learning in school or through my own experiences while in college.
In my spare time, I like to listen to music and be outdoors. One of my favorite experiences was a camping trip that I took in March 2015 to Big Bend National Park in Texas.
Below is the dedication from one of my favorite books, East of Eden by John Steinbeck, and I feel as if it is relevant, not only because it has resonated with me for years, but also because it accurately reflects how I feel about writing.
You came upon me carving some kind of little figure out of wood and you said, ‘Why don’t you make something for me?’
I asked you what you wanted, and you said, ‘A box.’
‘To put things in.’
‘What kind of things?’
‘Whatever you have,’ you said.
Well, here’s your box. Nearly everything I have is in it, and it is not full. Pain and excitement are in it, and feeling good or bad and evil thoughts and good thoughts- the pleasure of design and some despair and the indescribable joy of creation.
And on top of these are all the gratitude and love I have for you.
And still the box is not full.
This blog is my box. I will try to make it full.