Meet the Staff: Shritin Patel

by Shritin PatelHouston Baptist University

Half written sentences with potentially witty things wait impatiently on a crumpled piece of paper with more scratch marks than my cat’s favorite shoe.  Squinting one eye, then the next, I try to make words materialize in a cohesive order by simply thinking really hard. Fail.

For the past few months I have been trying to figure out what you, lovely and devoted readers, would want to know about me. I am at a loss. Since I am not a big fan of labels, I shall give you all the necessary tidbits about me, beginning with the most general things and getting more private, so you can paint your very own portrait. After all, we all have the right to view the world differently, right?

The canvas: I was born in East London and raised whilst ping ponging across the Atlantic between there and good ol’ Sugar Land, TX. Yes, that does mean I say ‘mum’ instead of ‘mom’, ‘crisps’ instead of ‘chips’ and ‘bloody hell’ at regular intervals. Being from England, I gobbled up all the history, fashion, writing, etc. I could get my hands on. Enter William Shakespeare. I read Shakespeare my freshman year and was asked to compose a sonnet of my own; that sonnet single-handedly changed my life. I have been writing poetry since then, and it’s that love for poetry which pushed me to go and apply for a position in my high school’s newspaper staff.  When I realized people actually enjoyed what I had to say, I started my own blog whilst immersed in the worlds of my political science and French majors at Houston Baptist University. Then, one fateful day, I came across BG on Facebook and took giant Grand Canyon leap of faith and applied to write for them. Et viola!

Let’s move on to the paint: I absolutely adore the sound of laughter and therefore am constantly saying and doing things to make people laugh. I am very close to my family, and my 12 year old brother is the light of my life and my very best friend. I would shrivel up and cease to exist without my fix of Häagen-Dazs Caramel Cone ice cream every day. I thoroughly enjoy challenges and working in real estate gives me the opportunity to emotionally terrorize clients into buying homes that they’re not sure they want, but would be lost without. Inanimate objects have a bad habit of getting in my way. My love for India, my culture, and Bollywood burns brightly in my heart like an eternal Diwali.

The portrait: This is me. Uncensored, raw, and real.

Feature Image Source: provided by author

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