The inspiration of writing
By Trevor Stevenson
“I love teaching” said 17-year-old, Marin Wolf, a brown-haired, blue eyed senior at Chapel Hill High School who said teaching runs in her veins.
Wolf said she moved to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, in the sixth grade from Maryland, where the schools were crowded, unorganized and easy to get lost in. Upon moving to Chapel Hill, she began to feel as if her school was a community, rather than just a place of education.
“I don’t really feel like there’s anyone in my grade that I’ve never seen before or never had a class with,” she said.
Wolf’s familiarity with her classmates helped her earn the position of Junior Class President, a role that demands leadership among her student body. Students in executive positions have more power than most of their classmates.
Wolf believes that morale among students at her school is low, due to multiple teacher turnovers. “We’ve never really had this problem before,” said Wolf. She wants students to enjoy being at school, learning and trying new things, despite the loss of teachers.
In addition to the lack of spirit, Wolf reports that there is a large minority population at Chapel Hill High as well. “We have a really large Karen and Burmese population of refugees, and because they typically don’t speak English, they are typically classed together,” she said, “It’s almost like they’re classed in a different school, which is so unfair to them.”
Outside her work as Junior Class president, she also enjoys playing varsity volleyball and sand volleyball and is involved in education programs in her area.
In her freshman year of high school, she founded a program called The Rising Writers, which assists third, fourth and fifth graders who struggle with writing.
“In middle school I had a college student from UNC, who did a group of kids who absolutely loved writing,” she said. “I didn’t think it was possible for me to love writing again. He made it so I knew that’s what I wanted to do.”
Writing with her college mentor and starting the Rising Writers inspired her to take on bigger projects for her writing career. Continuing on a track of educational improvement, she began to intern for a publication titled, Education NC.
The publication reports on education programs statewide. “We’ll feature every aspect of education,” she said. “Last summer, they ran a series on special education needs and rights in the state. It was cool and inspiring, and I hadn’t heard much about it because it is not widely talked about.”
On top of her other involvements she was a part of her school’s yearbook staff. She said that optimism was the saving grace for this year’s edition. She tries to remember that people will return to the school and ask for a yearbook to relive their days at Chapel Hill High.
Despite all of her activities, she is not 100 percent sure what the future holds. “I’m definitely going to college, I’m definitely going to work on my college’s student paper.” After college, she plans to be involved in Teach for America, a national teacher corp of college graduates who dedicate two years to teach at under-resourced schools.
“I love teaching and school,” she said. “My mom was a teacher, my grandma was a teacher. My family likes to say it’s in our veins.”