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Maria Arango


First Language(s): Spanish
Second Language(s): English


Maria Arango is a young student originally from the capital of Colombia, Bogota. She enjoys reading, writing and exploring far beyond her world. Her love for writing began in the second grade and since then she’s been creating stories and is eager to learn more. All her life her parents have owned a small leather art business. Since the age of six, she’s been involved in art shows seeing people and experiencing the artistic atmosphere through paintings and handmade crafts. She will become a journalist sharing the truth with the world.


What was your favorite book as a child?

My favorite book as a child was the “Dork Diaries”. I could read an entire book in one day. Due to this series, I began to practice my English along with many Disney Channel shows.

Do you remember the original reason or motivation why you started writing creatively?

I first started writing creatively with my best friend. When we were little, we used to make up songs and write acting scripts. I guess she was my motivation. At the end of the day, I remember we would end up laughing at our terrible acting.

What was the most adventurous or thrilling thing you ever did/experienced?

The most adventurous thing I ever experienced was going camping in Ohio, if I’m correct, for two weeks. It was just me and my parents. I remember we got lost in the woods and saw a snake. But it was thrilling to see everything so real.

Do you listen to music while reading or writing?

Of course! I love to listen to music while reading and writing. In my head, I like to see it as if I’m in a movie with the lyrics, words, melody and phrases.


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Issue Fall '19

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