It is one o’clock on a Wednesday afternoon, Jarrad Tatton is sitting at a lone desk, engulfed by what appears to be a work by John Marsden. A lone notepad and pen sit on the tabletop. It is a break for the Media and Communications student, not a burden. The expression on the eighteen year olds face says it all. It is a passion that exceeds university work.
For some eighteen year olds, reading and writing is just a necessary element of university life and nothing more. Literature is thrown from all directions, all for the benefit of learning. With this overload of information, it is easy for many to spend their spare time away from books. But not Jarrad.
“…books can be a hobby, not just a part of research for assignments.”
Many agree that for the most part, it is vital to ones wellbeing that they have an interest outside of their job or study. Confronted with this, Jarrad smiles, putting his notepad in his pocket, he ponders for a brief moment. “Reading and writing satisfies my intense imagination, it’s also distracting from everything else. If you read something you enjoy, it allows you to escape the necessary, yet boring academic readings of uni and realise that books can be a hobby, not just a part of research for assignments.”
Jarrad’s passion for literature doesn’t end at sole reading. As we walk through the library, scanning the sections of fantasy and sci-fi fiction, Jarrad pulls out his notebook. “Sorry, but I just thought of a great Idea after that book.” When asked what is being put to paper, he seems enthused, replying “I just came up with a setting I could use. You see, reading and writing is like this-you can’t have one without the other.” Asking what types of stories and ideas he has come up with leads us to a side of Jarrad that we would not have picked at first glance.
“I read because I love gaining knowledge that I can use for writing worlds.”
As we make our way out of the library, books in hand, I mention that reading can often allow us to be inspired in our writing. “Yes, exactly. I read because I love gaining knowledge that I can use for writing worlds.” With this, all preconceptions of a typical ‘bookworm’ are thrown out the window. Jarrad’s passion for reading and writing now becomes a whole lot more unique and personal. “I suppose I like to write world’s because I can be more imaginative. I can invent places and cultures rather than having to create a beginning, complication and end, making it interesting or worthy of people. I am creating world’s that someone can make a story of.” This passionate hobby is set firmly aside from his study of media and journalism, “Its just a way for me to spend my time doing something I love.”
As Jarrad leaves for his class, he is asked just one more question:
“When will you write up these ideas for that setting you came up with just before?”
“As soon as I get home from University of course.”
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