Hi! I’m Emma Tiner, and I’m delighted to share a bit about myself. My experience of being a college student is unique, and even unconventional—as a former homeschool student, I started taking classes part-time at fifteen years old, as a way to get a head-start in college and also to complete my high school requirements. I graduated from high school in December 2011, with nineteen college credits already completed, and the next semester I enrolled in Cobleskill full-time. Just this past May (2013), I graduated with an A.A. in Humanities, which I used to directly transfer into a B.S. in Communications in Technology—the degree on which I am currently working.
I came to Cobleskill because it seemed the best option to assist me in the achievement of my goals. The open-ended natures of the degrees I chose align with the complexity of my interests and the need for flexibility. I love fashion, French, debating, reading, drawing, music, and more—but if I had to choose one area of focus, it would certainly be writing. I started writing my first book when I was seven (it’s currently languishing in a spiral bound notebook, with nothing but sentimentality keeping it from an untimely end), and have since completed five unpublished novels (I’m currently working on my sixth). While my other interests enrich and broaden my experience, being a writer is an inextricable part of me. I know, though, that being a published author is a difficult goal to achieve, and one that requires innovative means. For that reason, I am glad to participate in versatile but useful areas of study, such as Humanities and Communications. I feel that they augment my understanding of the writing craft while not leading my focus in a contradictory direction.
So, who am I? I am many things—student, reader, writer, (hopefully) thinker. I am passionate about many things—my Catholic faith, my family and friends, and social issues such as the pro-life cause. I am also deeply invested in my work as a tutor, trying to help students achieve a place in their writing where they may feel comfortable in their process and confident in their results. And in my latest role, I am a student ambassador…hoping to encourage others to get the most out of an education at SUNY Cobleskill, as I have.2013-12-10