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.

I am a student writer for Student Body Magazine, and a staff writer for Gainesville Scene. I like to write about pretty much anything because nearly everything fascinates me.

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.

“Dear Pat,
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.’
‘What for?’
‘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.


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