Featured Fig: Sophia Freuden

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Sophia Freuden is a 16-year-old writer from Oregon. A contest winner and lover of travel, she has written many thought-provoking short stories on Figment. Sophia is attending Lewis and Clark College in the fall, where she plans to major in international affairs and foreign language.

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In your valedictorian bio, you mentioned your place as a finalist in the Seventeen Magazine contest and as a winner in the SMASH contest. How did participating in Figment contests help you when applying to colleges?

I wanted to go to a college that would let me express my creative side. Aside from writing, I’m also interested in photography and dance, so going to a college that could offer all three things in both courses and extracurricular things was really important. These contests also gave me a big esteem boost when writing my entrance essays.

You plan to major in international affairs and foreign language at Lewis and Clark College. What drew you to those majors?

In high school, I was involved with several youth government and politics programs. I also studied both Spanish and French. Because international politics pairs well with foreign language, I decided to pursue a double major in both areas. I hope to travel abroad someday, and I think these two subjects will help me better understand where I’m going.

Which literary character are you most like and why?

On my profile, I wrote Hester Prynne from The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. After reading the story my sophomore year, I discovered that not standing up for yourself (even when it’s to protect others) is a good way to be miserable. I’d rather tell the truth and be confident than do what is normal.

What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever received?

Use lots of descriptions. Even if you’ve never taken a college-level writing course, or grammar and spelling just don’t make sense, be sure to include lots of sensory language and descriptions. I’ve never left a review on a Fig’s story saying that there were way too many descriptions.

Fill in the blank: “At 2 a.m., I’m most likely . . .”

…on the weekends, watching random movies and shows on Netflix. I really like my media. Otherwise, I’m asleep.

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