Hi! I’m Erin. I’m a sophomore from Bossier City, Louisiana, which is in the northwest corner of the state. I decided to come to OU because I have always had a dream of going to an out-of-state university, and I got a great scholarship from OU that made it possible. I really love it here!

I’m a professional writing major, which is essentially a degree in storytelling. It’s not just about creative writing; it’s about learning how to communicate ideas using various media. That being said, I do love writing fiction, particularly long-form works like novels. My favorite genre to write is fantasy, which is one reason why I am so interesting in mythology. My biggest dream is to publish novels and one day work my way into being a full-time writer.

I am also a musician! From first grade to twelfth, I took piano lessons, but my favorite instruments are drums. I started to play percussion in the band beginning in sixth grade, and now I play snare drum in the Pride of Oklahoma. I love being in marching band because it’s a great place to make friends, and we get exclusive access to football games (I love OU football!). Since joining the Pride, I’ve been to Ohio State University, Kansas, the Texas State Fair, AT&T Stadium, and Pasadena, California. I’ve marched in the Rose Parade and been to Disney Land. Not only does band allow me to express myself through making music, but it also gives me opportunities that I never would have been able to pursue! I love my OUDL family!

My favorite band trip has been the trip to Ohio State. WE GOT TO FLY which was mind-blowing for me. I never imagined that OU Athletics would care enough about us to fund private flights, but it was so great! We always do a big “OOOOOOOOOOOOOO-U!” on take-off, and then we sing “Oklahoma.” The trip was in September, which is blazing hot in Oklahoma, but in Ohio, it was nice and mild, which was a great break. It was astounding to walk into Ohio Stadium, a coliseum of immense history. And then we won! I was standing on the field waiting for post-game concert to start when Baker planted the flag in the O. What a moment!

Pride of Oklahoma snare drums at Ohio Stadium. Taken by Tati Rodriguez, September 2017

In addition to playing marching band snare drum, I’ve also learned to play drum set, which is my all-time favorite musical activity. It’s so much fun to be at the back of the stage laying down a groove with other musicians. Mostly I just love being the only one in charge of the tempo and beat. I play drum set in the worship band at the OU Wesley, which is a great way for me to unwind from school stresses.

A hobby that goes hand in hand with my love of writing is reading! I love reading everything from young adult novels to classic British literature. I have a slightly obsessive book collection of over 500 books at home that I probably need to thin out. Everyone always asks me what my favorite book is, but I can’t answer with just one. Instead, I have categories of favorites. My favorite novel that I’ve read this year is Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. It’s a whimsical and fantastic book that really brings me back to the joy of reading that I had when I was younger. My first favorite book was Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke, which I read in first or second grade. One of my favorite YA authors is Maggie Stiefvater, and my favorite classic authors are Charles Dickens and C.S. Lewis.

Like many people my age, I watch a lot of TV and movies. Some of my favorite TV shows are: Parks & Rec, Brooklyn 99, Stranger Things, Gilmore Girls, and Doctor Who. My favorite director is Christopher Nolan, who made masterpieces like Inception and Interstellar. I haven’t seen any of his Batman movies yet! I’m also a movie score nerd, and Hans Zimmer is one of my favorites. I always listen to him while I’m studying.

When I’m not reading, writing, or drumming, I’ve recently learned that I like to cook! I love finding unique and tasty ways to make (fairly) healthy food. One of my favorite things to cook is red beans and rice because it’s an easy recipe that reminds me of home and is easy to share with others! I also love driving around in my car, which is named Raven, and hammocking in pretty places like Montana.

Overall, I’m a curious person who loves to learn new things so I can use them in my next story. I’m excited for this class because I have always loved mythology, and I want to learn more about why it’s important to the human experience. I can’t wait to get into it!

Gallery Images: 
Top Left: My cat, Sonny, sleeping in one of his funny positions. Taken by me.
Top Right: Sonny looking handsome at the vet. Taken by me.
Bottom: Sonny exploring our backyard. Taken by my dad.