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Global Perspectives

Humans of River Falls: Jacob Traynor

December 10, 2019

Introduction: As writing instructors in UWRF’s English Language Transition (ELT) Program one of our missions is to involve English learning students in campus activities while strengthening their knowledge of English. We could think of no better way to do this than to have them publish an article in the Student Voice. What you are about to read is the final product of several sessions of brainstorming and writing followed by consultations with native speakers including some from the TESOL program and the Student Voice. — Kiki Augustin (ESL 211 Intermediate Writing) and Alex Hatheway (MODL 310 Advanced Composition)

Jacob Traynor is a sophomore in University of Wisconsin River Falls whose major is Broad field Social Studies Education. After graduation, he wants to teach Middle or High School Social Studies.  

The most precious memory in his past time is the first he ever went to the Shell Lake Arts Center for a week when he was 11 years old. He made a ton of new friends and learned that he has things that make him unique and that he doesn’t have to be ashamed of them.  

In addition, in his life, the most important person would be himself, because there are many people who are very important to him in his life, but since it is his life, he would say he is the most important person in it. Everyone must be able to take care of themselves before taking care of others.  

Moreover, the greatest regret in Jacob’s life is during the first semester of his Sophomore year of College, he let himself fall into the deepest depression he has ever fallen into. But it is his story and he is not ashamed of it. Now he can use that experience to help others avoid that same situation. Overall, all of these make him now, an optimistic and positive young man.