Interview conducted by Katie Brown in the The Crossings’s series on creativity and diversity within Bethel University’s student body. The heart behind this series is to explore creativity in a broader sense and to be encouraged and inspired by the creatives on our campus and the things that they are doing.
Henry Linville is currently a sophomore majoring in English & Writing. When on campus, Henry is normally in class, but if he’s looking to relax, his go-to place is the E-Sports Lab. He enjoys playing video games, reading, and writing (which is all he has time for).
How would you define creativity?
I think creativity is the ability of creating something new, but there are several ways you can do that.
How do you express your creativity?
Usually writing, but I also draw a little bit. I like to draw whatever comes to mind.
At what age did you discover your outlet?
I actually hated writing for most of my life up until I started in eighth grade, then I started really liking it when I took Tara Holmes’ Written Comm II class in high school.
How long have you been editor for The Beacon?
This is my first semester. It’s fun but it’s also a lot of work and a little stressful.
What’s your favorite section to read in The Beacon?
I like reading sports articles.
Do you have a routine? If so, what is it?
Depending on the day, I get up at 5 or 6:45 in the morning, shower, eat breakfast, and drive over to campus. I go to my classes and do work, get in some time to do homework, and sleep.
How many hours do you work a day for school and The Beacon?
Probably at least three hours a day.
Where do you find inspiration?
Other books I read or TV shows or movies I watch, sometimes art as well.
How do you balance your workload with being creative?
I don’t a lot of the time, but I try to squeeze in creativity into assignments when I can, and that’s where my outlet is usually, so it’s easier.
Is there a way that you specifically explore creativity on campus?
Not really. If it happens, it happens. Sometimes with me sitting on my computer with an empty Word document. Sometimes I’ll find inspiration at a park or somewhere in nature.
Do you have any words of wisdom you’d like to give our readers?
Find a way to make everything you do creative, like finding creative solutions in different things.