Meet Maria Copeland!
An ENFJ, Maria is a bookworm, storyteller, and proud Throne Warden sister to nine (so far). She treasures her model of the Evenstar and her camera. The National Bible Bee sparked her passion for memorizing Scripture, and the Institute for Cultural Communicators determined her college major. On a random day, you might find her buried in a Tolkien book, researching for her historical fiction novel, or concocting gluten-free/Paleo versions of her favorite baked goods. Quirks include a love for bonsai trees and Prismacolor pencils, the tendency to sing soprano despite a complete lack of training, and an all-consuming desire for timeliness (ask her editor about that one, but seriously, Wit’s completely right). Maria first heard about this thing called TPS from a friend with whom she studied public speaking. In 2016, she signed up for French 1 and discovered the wonders of StudyPlace, GP6 music, and, of course, clay magazine. Since then, she’s been an ardent TPSer and has taken a brilliant total of four classes through TPS: French 1 & French 2 with Madame Starosciak, Illustration with Mrs. Beachler, and Creative Writing with Ms. Gaines. The explosion of creativity and community in Creative Writing makes it her favorite class of all time. Her next year is still something of a surprise party, but currently she’s planning to go the transfer path by starting with a couple years of community college (because college tuition is negatively mind-blowing). She plans to major in Communications, probably with a focus in journalism, and continue her studies of French. Career plans involve working in the news industry, and maybe publishing a novel. She’s set to graduate in May with her home school group and then go to TPS Summer Camp; if you’re coming, she very much wants to meet you.
Favorite Bible verse:
“So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” -2. Corinthians 4:16-18. This passage became significant to me at a point when a few years of struggling with largely inexplicable health issues culminated in my diagnosis with an autoimmune disease. Maybe someday I’ll be able to stop dealing with constant pain, but if not, it’s only “light momentary affliction,” and “an eternal weight of glory” is coming.
Advice for the younglings of TPS:
#1. Pace yourself. Identify when you work best. Are you really productive right after dinner? Catch up on history! Just try not to fall back on doing online assignments after dinner; it’ll make it harder to sleep. I know, you’re a solid, straight-A-seeking student, but resist the call to do all your online work at 11 pm. (Resist the call of the darkness, young Padawans…)
#2: Apply to write for clay. It absolutely made my senior year. 🙂