There’s no such thing as perfect writing, just like there’s no such thing as perfect despair. -Haruki Murakami

My name is Maycee Dukes. I’m a fourth-year Honors Journalism major at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia. I’m also pursuing a certificate in interdisciplinary writing.

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I have been published in The Red & BlackThe Newnan-Times Herald, and infUSion Magazine, among others. Writing has always been a part of my life, but in the later stages of my degree have found a greater affinity for the editing and management side of publication.

Proofreading is my passion. I get a weird little kick out of using that red pencil. In the future I want to go into editing, management, and making the most of the rapidly-advancing technological sphere to take the possibilities of media to an entirely new level.

I prefer to surround myself with a variety of opinions and constantly challenge not only my views, but also the reasoning for which I hold my views. I think no better example of this would be my personal idolization of Johnny Rotten, C-3PO and of course, my mother. I think this mix might give some insight as to who I am as a person – overall good, but always ready to challenge the status quo and determined to make my mark.

Outside of journalism, I have a longstanding passion for creative writing, more particularly poetry. My favorite piece I’ve done was a local award-winning poem I wrote in the first grade about monsters under the bed. While I still love poetry , I will always aspire to reach the level of linguistic mastery that I had at age five. I suppose it’s like Picasso said, “It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.”

Perhaps recapturing that innocence, self-confidence and belief in the general goodness of the world is something we can all try to make the world better, even if just a little bit.