Noodle Expert Dawn Papandrea tells us what she'd want to learn from Stephen King, why she would send a student to Europe, and how a calculus class derailed a future in a math-related field.
Stephen King. I've always aspired to be a novelist, and he's among the best storytellers of our time. I'd want to learn more about the craft of writing from him.
When in doubt, being kind is always the wisest approach. You'll meet a lot of people throughout your career — on the way up, and on the way down — so how you treat people matters.
Europe. There's so much rich history, culture, and art there. Truth be told, I haven't been there yet myself, but as a literature lover, it's a dream of mine to go someday.
There was a time when I thought I was on a math-oriented career trajectory. Then I took calculus. Although I did manage to squeak by, I realized that I'd be better off using my mind for writing instead of complicated formulas.
I've always loved reading, writing, and journalism, and I came to learn that I had a knack for it in high school, college, and beyond. My expectation was that I'd be a "struggling artist" type, so I was pleasantly surprised to see that writing and storytelling are skills that are valued.