Digging Deeper: Keep on Writing


When I was a freshman at Emerson College, I dropped out of the journalism program. Ok, not really dropped out. Transferred out. I met with the Chair of the Visual and Media Arts Department, and continued my Bachelor of Arts in audio/visual studies and production, focusing on music and sound. I didn’t hate writing or journalism, but I didn’t want to be a Broadcast Journalism major. I am not going to rehash that, as it’s been explained a few times, but I wanted to keep writing. Honestly, I just didn’t think I needed to pay college tuition to keep writing. If I was going to be paying for school, I wanted to learn something new. That’s not to say that I wouldn’t have had great writing classes. I’m not an editor. I love grammar (I just read two books about grammar, and the Nerd Alert is still flashing high), but I’m no grammar pro. There is always something to learn. Writing is not likely something that will ever leave my system. I started writing as a kid, but would get so frustrated, I’d end up deleting 80 pages of fiction and starting over. I’m very hard on myself. So, after leaving my journalism degree path, I kept writing for blogs, websites, news channels, etc. I reached out to magazine editors and columnists, as well as Emerson alum who were successful writers, to get feedback. I felt like I was back in a music studio at times–where interns and volunteer employees were churned through, creative work being seen as a dime a dozen due to a saturated industry. Sure, I like writing pop culture pieces, music and art critiques, personal blog styles posts…but I guess one could say the three  topics I really hone in on, the topics that get me fired up, are education, healthcare, and arts/culture. That includes careers, women’s issues, my love of music, you name it. So, an idea was brewing for a story, based on some health insurance concerns I’d seen and a few Twitter accounts I was following. I wanted to explore more, and I did. I’m happy to say that my piece about eating disorders and health insurance coverage (or the battle for coverage) is now up on Marie Claire’s website! I’m very excited to have worked with the wonderful editorial staff at Marie Claire, a magazine I have admired for some time. I’m very grateful for the support of this topic and the platform the magazine has provided for it.   Screen Shot 2015-06-20 at 12.03.52 PM Please share it, discuss, and let me know what you think! I hope to work with the magazine again, but until then, I hope this article makes a difference. And thank you, Joanna, for sharing your story! -Farah


2 thoughts on “Digging Deeper: Keep on Writing

  1. Good job, Farah! I wish this article didn’t need to be written, and that our system was not so utterly insane.

    And I agree that it made more sense to go to school to learn other content, which you could then write about, rather than just for writing itself.

    I left this comment on the article page:
    Oh, lord. This is so sadly typical of the way our insurance system wastes both lives and money. It’s obvious that we need to treat people before they get even more desperately sick. Insurers probably think that people with eating disorders can just “snap out of it” or something. Thank you for educating us about this issue.

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