Lost in a Book

Inhabiting the emotions and thoughts of others—even across centuries—is what drew Madison Rosado ’22 to creative writing

“Many pieces in literature are relatable, whether they’re about social class, love, or tragedy,” says the Windsor, CT, local. “Everyone has some sort of experience with these themes and for me, it gives me comfort in the sense that I’m not alone.”

 Taking Advanced Writing was beneficial to her work as a writer, Madison said, because it taught her how to analyze a piece of writing systematically.

Madison is attracted to the humanities because they invite people to be “more creative and open to other ideas,” she said. Majoring in English gave her the outlet for artistic expression that she needed.

“I find it amazing that I can read a text and get a certain meaning from it, and someone else can interpret something completely different,” she said.

Digging into the classics—like the works of Edgar Allen Poe—spurred Madison’s passion for writing poetry. She often writes about nature, touching on the same themes of tragedy and loss that Poe does.

“Literature can provide a sense of comfort and peace, which is something I think many individuals are missing,” she said. “Reading it can help alleviate any negative emotions I may have.”

“Books can help me feel close to something, or someone, who has experienced these feelings, whether in the present or centuries ago.”

Taking classes with professors Dan Chelotti and Tom Cerasulo, Ph.D., was an uplifting experience, Madison said. “They both give you constructive criticism in a motivating way.”

After Elms, Madison has her sights set on attending graduate school, where she plans on deepening her expertise in American literature. Her goal is to teach at a college or university. To help prepare for the social dynamics of higher education, she added a second major in sociology at Elms, in order to learn more about human behavior.

“I believe that I’ve grown fairly quickly since coming to Elms,” she said. “It definitely helps to have professors who take an interest in you and also motivate you to be more open minded and creative in your writing.”