Alec is a reader. He taught himself how to read before school even started. He believes that people read for many reasons, such as to pass the time, to inform themselves, to occupy children, to inform children, to fulfill some inner desire, to get recipes for nourishment, and when they are forced to do so by a higher power. He thinks that in order to become a good reader, people must be able to relate either the story or the information to themselves, thus being able to find relevancy in the story or data that they are reading. Reading comes easy to him because he has read ever since he can remember, and he finds it a great way to spend his down time. The only thing he finds challenging about reading is the fact that some stories or essays are written in such a form that he isn’t able to relate to or find the information interesting, thus not applicable. When he looks for a new book, Alec tends to peruse genres, then summaries or excerpts from the text itself, and in this way he is able to determine whether or not he’ll be able to take something away from the book that he can mull over and keep forever. Alec feels very fond of reading, and more often than not can be found reading in his home or in his classes, whenever he has a moment to spare.

Alec is a writer. He learned to write through a carefully structured public education program that he is still entrapped in today. He knows that people write because they feel that their thoughts or findings must be shared with those who have neither the time nor the means to communicate with them directly. Someone must be able to relate to their reader in a positive and engaging manner in order to hold their attention long enough to tell a story or relay information. Alec does this when he writes by using varied sentence structure, and writing about subjects that he enjoys, such as fiction or pseudoscience. When Alec writes fiction, he does so be gleaning ideas from his past experiences, pictures, media such as commercials or movies, and from his own imaginings. He gets the most helpful feedback by discussing or conveying his ideas with his friends, especially those who share a similar passion for writing. Alec doesn’t write at home nearly as often as he wishes he could, but does write at home on a fairly routine basis, say once or twice a month. He takes great pride in what he writes, and feels justified, with his being in the top 2 percentile for writing on the ACT.