Student Voice


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Ask Abigail welcome letter

September 20, 2017

The Student Voice is introducing its new advice columnist for the fall semester: Abigail Erickson. Abigail will be accepting question submissions from readers seeking advice on issues in their day-to-day lives. Submissions can be sent to her via email at

Dear Reader,

If you have taken the time to pick up this issue of the Student Voice, I would like to thank you from the very bottom of my heart. I don’t know you and you don’t know me, but I hope that changes soon!

My name is Abigail and I am a sophomore here at UW-River Falls. I’ve been writing fiction since I was 11 years old and this is the first time I have ever had the guts to publish anything I have ever written. Granted, this isn’t a story that I have poured my heart and soul into but it is something I have put my name on. It is a piece of me, a piece of my brain and my experiences. That being said, you need to know who I am so you feel comfortable coming to me with anything that might be bothering you.

I grew up in Minneapolis and I will always call it my home, regardless of where I end up later in my life. I love dogs, tattoos, art, travel, my friends, piercings and plants. I have traveled the United States for my whole life and I recently began traveling Europe. I live on campus and I am hoping to move off campus at the end of this school year. I work three jobs so I can actively pay off debt from studying abroad, I am an only child, a passionate book lover, a bad athlete, a loving dog mom, an artist, a writer, a collector of coffee mugs and much, much more.

I decided to write the column at this time of my live because I have experienced a sampling of the world (the good and the bad) and I believe I have the experience to help other people navigate through some parts of their lives. That being said, if you decide to write me with a question, I promise to keep your identity a secret. I’ll give you a cool code name and never tell a soul your true identity, not even my best friend or my mom.

I promise you I will give you a piece of my heart by giving you a loving, kind and well-thought out response that isn’t done hastily between classes or while watching a movie. I want you to be able to trust me with anything life throws at you.  The earth won’t stop spinning because something happens in your life, but I promise you I will stop my earth to be here for you.


Abigail Erickson is a student at UW-River Falls.