Jesse Russell is recognized as being a distinguished English student


By: Mariah Pepe

As the school year draws to an end, Jesse Russell finishes up his final coursework as a creative writing major.

Raised in Alamosa, Russell started taking classes at Adams State while he was still in high school in 2003. He began attending Adams State full-time in 2004. He has about a 3.4 GPA, in addition to playing poker with the Poker Club and writing for the Paw Print.

Although he hasn’t written for the Paw Print in a few years, Russell hopes to wrap up his Adams State experience by writing a few more articles before graduation.

Russell mainly writes plays, poetry, and songs. In 2007, he wrote a play inspired by the tragedy of September 11, 2001. His works are usually nature inspired.

After graduation, Russell plans to stay in Alamosa and continue his writing. He is constantly working on improving his stylistics and other technical aspects of his writing.

Russell attributes a great deal of his success to his Professor Mazel who encouraged him and gave him extra time to work on projects so that he had the opportunity to fully develop them. Russell was in two of Mazel’s classes, including American Literature II and Contemporary Literary Theory.

Russell advises that all students know what classes they need to take and that they have a plan for when to take them. He finds that time management is the key to success for most college students.