Kira Jersild is a 21-year-old Virginia Tech student from Norfolk, Virginia double majoring in literature and linguistics and creative writing. In her spare time, she nannies for a local Blacksburg family and participates in community service programs such as The Big Event and Greeks Giving Back. Inspired by the physical world and her emotional connections to it, Jersild seeks to capture “the whimsical space between the whirlwind of intense traveling and the unfamiliarity of being exposed to entirely new things.” While “Travel” showcases her experiences in Germany, Jersild finds inspiration in the Blacksburg area as well, always striving to make everyday life “interesting and spectacular” in her work. Jersild enjoys reading T.S. Eliot, the poem “Wild Geese” by Wendell Berry, and This Clumsy Living by Tech’s own Bob Hicok.
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