He’s got a story to tell


Tim Arrington hopes to have his first novel published before he graduates next year. Photo by B.A. Rupert

Tim Arrington enjoys reading — and writing — a good story. It’s no surprise then that the junior from O’Fallon, Mo., decided to major in English.

A freelance writer for The Missouri Miner and vice president of Southwinds literary magazine, Arrington has been writing since he was a teenager.

“I wrote a book during my high school years and have been slowly devoting time to edit it during college,” he says. The fantasy novel would be the first in a planned series of six, separated into two trilogies. He’s currently working on the second one and hopes to have it completed — and the first one published — before he graduates in May 2014.

A fan of the Harry Potter series, Arrington says he’s enjoyed most of his British literature classes.

“Fantasy Literature with Dr. Dan Reardon was probably my all-time favorite class,” he says. “But if you’re in need of a history course, I would highly recommend Dr. Michael Meagher for American Government.”

Under the direction of Reardon, Arrington has been studying whether students’ English and reading ACT scores correspond with their success in entry-level English classes at S&T.

“We are comparing English 20 students’ English and reading ACT scores with a diagnostic reading and grammar test that they all must take,” he says.

Arrington encourages students to enjoy their opportunity to be and do whatever they want in college. He credits his fraternity, Beta Sigma Psi, for helping to define his college experience.

“It’s the only time during your entire life that you can live this freely, and it should be taken with equal amounts of excitement and responsibility,” he says.
After graduation, Arrington hopes to return to Illinois and work in the communications field for Caterpillar.

By Mindy Limback

Missouri S&T’s Writing Center is available to help students with all writing-related tasks.