Story telling

Natalie Mix visualizes the world through her storytelling – The Central Trend

Only Natalie Mix senior has a strong enough passion for the art of words that she would find herself walking on, over and through furniture for a good story.

“I’ve been writing all my life,” Natalie said. “When I was a kid, I was picking up books around my house, and going around my living room and kitchen, stepping on the couches and all over the furniture, just reading – except I didn’t actually read the books. words on the page. I would be the one to write the story.

Although Natalie’s writing style had gone through many changes and stages of development before she could achieve her current status as the impeccable writer and editor of The Central Trend, it was clear that she would make a very proud the little girl who told her fictional stories aloud.

One of Natalie’s key moments in her writing journey was joining The central tendency his first year. One particular memory that stands out for Natalie from that year is her very first published vulnerable column.

“I wrote a column called ‘I’m Fine’ and wrote about my seasonal depression,” Natalie said. “I remember being more nervous about posting this story, something so vulnerable, than any other story I’ve posted before. And I remember thinking, ‘Oh my God, what if I ‘I’m in trouble for that?’ but when it came time to do the story of the month like before i won the column of the month with this story and i think back to that time frequently because now i write so much beyond that level of vulnerability , but I will always remember writing that one because of how powerful it was for me.

From grade one, when Natalie began to push the boundaries of her writing, she began to find solace not only with the words she posted, but also in the TCT room itself.

Natalie says she has vivid memories of spending her school days looking forward to when she could walk into the TCT room for the sixth hour, because no matter how the first five hours of her day went, TCT was her base. , the place where she knew she could always count on his presence.

“Especially every year on the first day of school,” Natalie said, “just arriving at the sixth o’clock and hearing Mr. George say, ‘Welcome home’ as he walked into the room, I knew I had I looked forward to sitting in a circle and introducing myself to all the new students who I could only hope would find a home here, just like me. I remember being the student of freshman who didn’t know anyone, and I idolized the veteran staff, and I just wanted to be that person for somebody.

I looked forward to sitting in a circle and introducing myself to all the new students who I could only hope would find a home here just like me. I remember being the freshmen who didn’t know anyone, and I idolized the veteran staff, and I just wanted to be that person for somebody.

—Natalie Mix

As an editor, Natalie is now discovering what it is to be the veteran staff that new students look up to, and while that feeling is amazing, there are a wide variety of new responsibilities and lessons that come with it. to be an editor.

One of the biggest lessons she’s learned is the impact her presence has on the people around her.

“There are a lot of stressful times as a writer,” Natalie said, “and sometimes being so overwhelmed would put me in a negative frame of mind, and [Emma, Avery, and I] weren’t always the best at saying, “Okay, we’ll get over this stress.” We were just like, ‘We’re stressed, and you’re going to know that.’ And after seeing how it affects not only us, but literally everyone in the room, we weren’t getting the results we wanted because no one will be motivated when the editors can’t even keep it together, and it got to a point where I was like, ‘We can’t act like this anymore.’

Accomplishments like this are some of the best learning moments Natalie has had as a writer because the core of the job is about being a leader for something she and everyone else are passionate about. in the room: writing. Without minor setbacks, no one would learn the ability to adapt and change the narrative in order to have a better experience all around.

Another lesson Natalie learned on a more personal level is the ability to be present.

“I don’t just want to remember everything,” Natalie explained. “I want to be here for all of this, and I don’t want to see my life happen to me. I want to feel it happening to me. And writing helped me do that. I’ve been actively more present this year than I ever thought I would be because I was forcing myself to say, ‘How am I doing right now? Am I sucking? Let’s improve. And yes, at times I sucked, but I’ve also grown so much in so many ways, and it’s crazy to think of how far I’ve come.

Whether it’s sharing stories about the moment, as Natalie did every three weeks for the entire school year with her editor’s columns, or simply making up fictional fairy tales when As a child, writing, or more specifically storytelling, shaped the most important parts of Natalie’s life.

Through writing, she found her passion, her future, her friends, and ultimately her home within the small confines of Room 139.

“I started writing stories when I was a kid,” Natalie said, “but when I started writing for TCT, I felt like I had stopped writing so many stories – constantly writing articles that didn’t feel like a story to me, profiles and features. that didn’t feel like a story to me. and I can’t remember when it clicked, but suddenly I realized that everything what i am writing for The central tendency is a story. Whether you’re telling someone else’s story or a story of your own thoughts, it revolutionized the way I write, and it made me proud of everything I published, and that makes me confident that I will continue to write in my future because the essence of our world is basically finding people to tell stories to other people, and that’s what I can do.