Spring Interns

Life in 10 Minutes has three interns, all students at Virginia Commonwealth University, for the spring semester. Through some fun questions, we got to know the new writers.

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Amita Rao

  1. What are you studying in college and how did that connect you to Life in 10 Minutes?

    I'm studying English and Theatre in college, with a minor in Creative Writing. I found the unabashed acceptance of "imperfect writing" lovely and radical. I think most writers have that problem of simultaneously wanting to enjoy a piece, but critiquing the absolute life out of it — I know I definitely do — so, I felt like interning at Life in 10 Minutes would be a wonderful learning opportunity for me as a reader and as a writer. 

  2. What’s a book that you’ve read that inspires you and/or your writing?

    I was very inspired by Marina Keegan's posthumous collection, The Opposite of Loneliness. I think for a long time I had subscribed to some very elitist notions of what good writing should be. I thought it should be mature, and clean, and know exactly what it was. But Marina Keegan's work knew it was young, knew that it explored the messy, knew (or maybe it didn't ) that it wasn't exactly sure what it was, and it still resonated with so many people — I think that's why it did. Marina Keegan's writing was a gift because it was so absolutely her. And I think that was the first time I realized that I shouldn't be striving to write like the greats, but rather that striving to write like me would make my writing great. 

  3. What three writers (living or dead) would you take with you on a cross-country road trip? Who would drive? Who would ride shotgun?

    I would take Eliza Haywood, who's essentially one of the mothers of amatory fiction, in shotgun and I would pick her brains for hours. I would also take Ralph Bob-Waksberg, the creator of Bojack Horseman, and maybe, Marina Keegan, too? I feel like that'd be a fun medley. Ralph, Marina, and I could tell Eliza all about television! 

  4. Write a six word memoir.

    "No one planned on me happening." (I'm not kidding! I was an accident.) 

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Becca Lovelace

1. What are you studying in college and how did that connect you to Life in 10 Minutes?

I’m majoring in History and Political Science, which doesn't make me seem like too much of a writer. I studied creative writing in high school, though, and the passion has stuck with me. In my writing classes, we frequently used Halfway House for Writers for structure and prompts, so my writing grew on the concept of messy first drafts. In the midst of studying history and political science, interning at Life in 10 Minutes is a way that I can still be a writer and have the opportunity to grow in a community of talented and inspiring people.

2. What’s a book that you’ve read that inspires you and/or your writing?

Nearly two years ago, in a creative nonfiction class, I was assigned to read Jeanette Walls’ The Glass Castle. It’s almost a classic as far as memoirs go. The fluidity of the chronology and the tact of Walls’ memories inspired my writing a lot then and now.

3. What three writers (living or dead) would you take with you on a cross-country road trip? Who would drive? Who would ride shotgun?

I’d take Joan Didion for sure. I think her wisdom might have us entertained for hours. And perhaps with Jeanette Walls, we’d never be bored with the stories of her childhood. I’d love to hear her “then and now” descriptions of her siblings. Zelda Fitzgerald would make an interesting addition as well. I’d be interested to hear all about Paris in the 1920s.

4. Write a six word memoir.

I’ve got lots to figure out.

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Saira Ramos

1. What are you studying in college and how did that connect you to Life in 10 Minutes?

I'm an English major studying literature but I've always been a writer so that's what drew me to Life in 10 Minutes.

2. What’s a book that you’ve read that inspires you and/or your writing?

The book that's most influenced my writing and myself is Caramelo by Sandra Cisneros.

3. What three writers (living or dead) would you take with you on a cross-country road trip? Who would drive? Who would ride shotgun?

I would want to go on a road trip with Sandra Cisneros, Gloria Anzaldua, and Helena Marie Viramontes. I would drive and listen to their conversations, as I'm sure they all have really interesting things to say about being Xicana writers.

4. Write a six word memoir.

I'm 22 and trying my best.



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