How Big Can You Dream? Aretha Lumas' Story

1/6/2017 2:46:45 PM

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Aretha Lumas’ big dream of becoming a published author is a reality and she credits, in part, her SWIC mass communication classes with helping her achieve her goal.

As far back as fourth grade, she remembers writing poetry and short stories. A teacher in sixth grade took notice and fostered that talent. It wasn’t until she got to SWIC, however, that she found writing as her life’s calling.

At first, her focus was psychology with a minor in mass communication. After she took a few mass communication classes, however, she switched the two so that mass communication became her major and psychology her minor. She earned her Associate in Science degree in 2003. She seamlessly transferred to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in mass communication in 2006.

It wasn’t until 2012 that she felt compelled to write her first book. She self-published “To Be a Light in A Dark Place,” achieving her dream of being an author. It has sold 300 copies to date.

“I am very grateful and humbled that people have responded so well,” she notes.

Today, she is a freelance writer, blogger, author, poet and aspiring screenwriter. She’s also working on her second book and hopes to complete it in spring 2017.

The 34-year-old from Belleville reflects on her SWIC education saying: “It’s a great school that helps you build confidence. SWIC is definitely a good place to find yourself and what it is you want to do.”


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