By Avra Sullivan
Inspiring words from anyone, and even more so when you consider the speaker is 14 years old. Many Update readers know Chloe Thompson from her monthly column, Chloe’s Corner, but this week we get a more detailed look at this up and coming journalist.
While not actually looking for a job, she came across an advertisement for a feature writer and applied. While the position was not originally geared at a younger person, she was hired. In the beginning of this year, she embarked on her first job as a writer. “Psyched” to have gotten the job, she says it has “stepped up my writing” and has helped improve her self-confidence as well as helped her deal with that looming concept in the newspaper world: deadlines. Although she admits the idea was daunting at first, she says she has had terrific support from her family, friends and teachers.
Her assignments vary, from book, music, and move reviews, to interviews and editorials. While she enjoys all of them, being a “fan of my own personal opinion”, she especially enjoys the editorials. She has always loved writing, takes a journalism class in school and has been on her school newspaper for the last two years. She says reading probably contributed to her love for writing and growing up “read a lot”. Not only does she have a passion for the art, she’s knowledgeable as well. “Writing definitely influences everything, she says. “It brings knowledge to everything.” She goes on to explain how an article in Elle magazine trending new fall colors had everyone in the make-up store she frequents looking for what was “in” that year. Looking to the future, Ms. Thompson plans on pursuing a career in journalism and would like to tie writing into her other passion, fashion. “I love fashion, I love clothes,” she says and would enjoy working for a fashion magazine, reviewing shows and writing on designers and trends. (Readers got a sneak peek into her passion for fashion writing in last week’s Chloe’s Corner when she shared the upcoming trend of denim.) Interested in many forms of writing, Chloe also enjoys writing poetry and hopes to evolve into publishing poetry, alongside her journalism endeavors.
Originally from Bowie and now a Chester resident, this fall she will enter another exciting chapter of her life, high school. Chloe will enter into Kent Island High as a freshman. She hopes to add volleyball, a new sport which she has found and fell in love with, to her activities but hopes to stay writing with the Update for “ as long as possible.” We do too, Chloe!