My Poetic Journey Blog

My Poetic Journey to UM

Martionna SalinasNews

Poetry is my first love! In 7th grade, poetry and different writing styles of literature were introduced to me. Since then, I have written over 164 poems from 7th grade until now as a college senior.

The University of Mobile has allowed me to expand my writing skills and creativity. One of the opportunities I had was to compete for the title of Miss University of Mobile in 2022. It was so wonderful to recite a self-written poem of my own as my talent and be able to be heard. 

Pursue Your Passion

In 3rd grade, one assignment for our class was to recite a poem every week that our teacher gave us to remember. I made an “A” on every poem recited. In church, I recited Easter and Christmas poems that I wrote. I even wrote a skit for our church youth to perform. I say that to say how strong my love for writing is. When you are passionate about something, it shows. 

As I reflect on my childhood, I realize that my mom is my inspiration in having a love for writing. As she knew pronouns, adverbs, adjectives, and etc., off the top of her head, so did I. She loves English, and I have taken that trait from her. 

Why I Chose UM

After earning an associate degree in general studies at my local community college, I planned to transfer to a four-year university. I didn’t want to be too far away from home. I chose the University of Mobile because of its wonderful creative writing program. Each time from 10th through 12th grade that I visited the campus, it made me feel like I was at home. With that being said, I started my junior year while continuing to pursue my career. 

Since I have been here, I have taken some fascinating classes such as “The Novel,” “Introduction to Writing Short Stories” and “Introduction Writing for Film and Television.” My goal is to become a writer who writes books, poetry, skits, short stories and screenplays. I would love to further my career in even becoming a director. 

My Purpose

God has led me to know my purpose, and I am forever grateful in knowing what He has called me to do. 

As graduation approaches in May 2023, I am beyond proud of myself and the effort I have put in to achieve my goals. I can now make use of my creativity and expand it even more. I want to be an inspiration to others, just to let them know that they can do it, too!

This is my purpose. This is what I was created to do. As my favorite poet Maya Angelou says, “Nothing will work unless you do.” That is one quote that I will always have in mind, and I hope you do, too. 

Everyone has a purpose. You just have to find it.

About the University of Mobile

The University of Mobile is a Christ-centered university offering on-campus and online bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in over 75 academic programs. Founded in 1961, the University of Mobile is affiliated with the Alabama Baptist State Convention and is located 10 miles north of Mobile, Alabama on a campus of over 880 acres.

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