SFCC Snapshot: Jade McLellan

“My experience with Santa Fe Community College has been a nontraditional one. After high school I pursued a degree at SFCC, got a job in that field, and then decided it wasn’t for me. When I wanted to go back to school, SFCC offered a very accessible way to get started again; I was able to go part time and have the flexibility to schedule my classes around work and other commitments. It felt empowering and allowed me to test the waters. I was interested in science in middle school and high school, but I never thought it was something I could pursue as an adult – a reminder that it’s never too late to change your mind.  I’ve been an editor for the past two editions of the Santa Fe Literary Review and was an intern for the magazine the year before that. I got an associate degree in biology, but I’ve done creative writing for most of my life, and I wanted a creative diversion from my more rigorous classes. The Santa Fe Literary Review is a highly collaborative team effort. I see my place as an editor for the magazine as an opportunity to help highlight and perhaps better serve underrepresented voices. The magazine has put a lot of intention into diversifying the writers and artists we publish, which involves conscious outreach. To me, the magazine is an opportunity for community service—there’s a lot of power in art as a gift to the community. We, the editorial staff, are working to ensure that the magazine is accessible to submit to and read, and that the voices we’re including are a genuine and vibrant reflection of our community. ~   Jade McLellan, alumna, Associate of Science in Biology, poetry editor, Santa Fe Literary Review

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