Writing for a Purpose

Senior Lily Wray writes on her laptop. She has been using writing as an emotional outlet since fourth grade. Wray plans on continuing her love for writing through journalism.

People turn to different things for their emotional outlets- whether it be music, people, or writing. For senior Lily Wray, she had to discovered her emotional outlet of writing during an important and difficult time in her life. She was able to discover a way to not only help herself, but to help others that were undergoing the same feelings. This led Wray to discover herself and a passion for writing that she would carry with her for the rest of her life.

When Wray was in fourth grade, her parents began a custody battle that would come to affect her later in life. Wray needed to find how to release her emotions in a healthy way so around her freshman year in high school she created an anonymous blog to share her feelings with whomever was willing to read it.

“I was always told to write my feelings down and I always thought it was pointless to just write them down for myself so a blog was my creative way of telling the world my feelings,” Wray said.

Wray published poems and stories for approximately two years, never getting more than around 200 views on her work. Her blog is what led her to discover her love for writing that she never knew she had.

“I kept writing because I didn’t care about getting an audience, I was doing it more for myself,” Wray said.

Two years later and Wray claims to have not read her blog lately, She has decided she wants to attend Indiana University in Bloomington for journalism. Her goal is to be a sports writer for the New York Times one day.

“Yearbook has helped me make some of the best friends I’ve ever had and given me a reason to go to school everyday,” Wray said.