17-year-old New Hampshire raised Emmeline is a three-year TPS veteran (or newbie, depending on who’s looking at it), and is known around clay as the 2019-2020 Serial Story Columnist. An avid storyteller and people-person, she is that kid in class who will greet you by name, ask how you’re doing (and mean it), email you umpteen times during the week, and request that you wish your great-uncle’s sister’s cousin’s college roommate’s sister happy birthday for her (because she absolutely remembers the date from back when she randomly asked you in January of French 1). She is also the inventor of the conversation-starting “Question du Jour,” and is one of those kids who cannot ignore the chat box.
She also loves asking people the “what is your favorite…” questions. And, for that reason, the following are listed – her favorite hobbies are writing, sewing, and playing the piano, each of which she has done since she was about seven. She also enjoys reading, movie watching, singing, baking, and spending time with friends. Her favorite books include The Wingfeather Saga by Andrew Peterson, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, and Henry and the Chalk Dragon by Jennifer Trafton. Her top three movies are Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Cinderella (2015), and the BBC’s adaption of Elizabeth Gaskell’s novel, North and South. She is a big fan of science fiction and fantasy, and, for that reason, Star Wars, Marvel and The Lord of the Rings are binged frequently. She also loves chocolate, but is not a fan of peanut-butter and cannot stand coffee.
Her relatively short, but thoroughly enjoyed, TPS career has encompassed three French classes – one with Mme Orsini, and two with Mme S, both of whom are decidedly awesome – a videography class, and a psychology class. If she had to single out one of the five as a favorite, she would have to choose French 2, for the amazing community that the class became… though few things can top some of the coffee/shrimp/Serbian customs conversations that randomly came up from time to time in Mrs. Steven’s psychology classroom. This year, as already mentioned, she has also had the privilege of writing for the illustrious clay magazine, releasing the apparently-beloved-by-a-select-group-of-people short novel, Wanderer.
This August, Lord willing, she plans to attend Union University in Jackson, Tennessee, and, to her delight, she has already discovered several fellow TPSers in the community. She plans to major in film, to pursue her love of storytelling. While there, she also hopes to continue exploring creative writing, music, and language, and looks forward to getting to know her classmates and professors!
She has been so blessed by all of her fellow TPSers these past years, though, sadly, there’s no room to list them all. Special shoutouts go absolutely to the Hargraves, for the introduction, as well as for everything else. Many thanks also to Claire Garretson, for being such a special friend inside and outside of the classroom, as well as to Emma Warrington, Martha Grace Curtis, Clara Wodny, Claire Brent, and Talia Jones, for being the awesome and fun study partners and friends they are. Emmeline would also like to extend her deepest gratitude and biggest hugs to Mme Orsini and Mme S, for their patience, care and creativity in making learning French so much fun! Another hug goes to Rachel Shey, for being such a wonderful editor, friend, and fellow Star Wars enthusiast all year.
Though she finds it hard to believe that her time with The Potter’s School is drawing to a close, Emmeline is so thankful for the learning opportunity and fun community that the Lord has provided for her through it, and wishes it all the best in the coming years!
When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up?
When I was a lot younger, my dream was to be a veterinarian. This now strikes me as a little ironic, since I do not like science, and am not even much of an animal person. I love cats and horses, but that’s about it!
Favorite Bible Verse:
Oh, how to choose? There are so many good ones! Some that have always brought me comfort and encouragement include Revelation 22:17, 20, and John 16:33.
I collect quotes. In a notebook. This means that I have a lot of favorites, applicable to most situations. One that stands out to me now is from Jennifer Trafton’s novel, The Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic, which states, “Life is a mess and a miracle. So pick up a broom and dance.”