Ally Pang gained confidence in writing, expressing herself by sharing her poetry at open-mic nights
Whether it’s a work of fiction, a report or a poem, Ally Pang has always loved to write – but now, after May, it will be time for her to pursue her passion outside of the school.
Pang, a double major in senior multimedia journalism and creative writing, said she chose WSU because it offered her the opportunity to pursue both majors. While she initially preferred to study creative writing, she thought multimedia journalism would bring her better job opportunities. However, she ended up loving journalism too.
“I love journalism because I’m able to raise other voices and hear people you don’t often hear about. Even though multimedia journalism and creative writing are two completely different types of writing, they are also somewhat the same,” Pang said. “Both aim to capture the truth. Just being able to tell a good story is such a huge thing.
Pang said she also loves creative writing because it involves raising unheard voices. She also enjoys creating her own worlds and characters and hopes one day to release something on the shelves alongside books by her favorite authors.
Of the classes she took, Pang said she enjoyed formative theory with English teacher Peter Chilson, as it focused on examining your own writing identity while also working on your writing.
Chilson is one of the teachers who has helped her the most, she said. He always supports his students and helped Pang answer all his questions. He also asks good questions about his work to help him improve.
Pang says the literary magazine LandEscapes was the most impactful organization she was involved with at WSU. She has worked there since her freshman year and is the current editor.
“The newspaper really elevates student voices and gives people a chance to be artistic and create,” she said.
Chilson, who is also an educational advisor for LandEscapes, has known Pang for many years and said she is a hard-working and thoughtful person.
“She’s one of the best; she represents one of the best students I have worked with,” Chilson said. “Ally has led the magazine through COVID-19. This is an extremely important distinction about him. She maintained the magazine on Zoom, bringing together editors and designers. She has done a lot of hard work and great effort during the pandemic.
In addition to Chilson, Pang said she was in contact with Ben Shors, Alison Boggs and Lisa Jones, professors at the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication.
Pang also works at the WSU Writing Center. When she first joined, she said she thought it was mainly about helping students with grammar and spelling mistakes, but now she thinks the center writing aims to help people improve their confidence in their writing abilities.
Pang enjoyed sharing her poetry at open-mic nights, which helped her gain confidence in her ability to speak and write in public, she said.
Pang said some of her future goals include becoming a published author, doing journalism in Seattle, and traveling to Korea for a year to research a story she’s currently working on.
Younger students should participate in activities outside of class so they can connect with more people, she said. Pang recommends prospective students try to find events they’d like to attend and put themselves out there by actively researching what’s going on in Pullman, no matter how shy they are.