After graduating with her BA in English with an emphasis on creative writing, Darlene started her career in higher education as a college writing consultant, teaching English workshops and helping students write and revise essays and personal statements. She soon became the lead consultant, granting her the opportunity to modify and develop English materials for the college writing center while tutoring students online in reading and writing.
Looking to diversify her experience as an educator, Darlene eventually transitioned to teaching at a charter school, working with at-risk middle and high school students. Her favorite part of this experience was preparing seniors for graduation by aiding in college and career research, as well as the development of resumes, cover letters, and personal statements.
Darlene now has her MA in English and Creative Writing, which she regularly puts to good use when penning short works of fiction. More than two dozen of her stories and poems appear in literary journals, e-zines, and print anthologies. She believes a little creativity can go a long way on application essays and enjoys encouraging students to find new and interesting methods of telling their stories to help them stand out in the admissions process.
California State University, San Bernardino
Southern New Hampshire University
Darlene is no stranger to adventure. She's been whitewater river rafting, parasailing, and speedboat driving. But she draws the line at skydiving.
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