Jackie Au
Campus Life Editor

This article is a repost from the previous Quaker Campus website; it was originally written in May 2020.

Addison Crane sitting at a piano.

For Addison Crane, the Quaker Campus is one of several homes the English major has found on campus. From her participation with the Metaphonian Society to her outspoken involvement as both a writer and section editor for the QC, Crane has a foot in many ponds, so to speak, yet meets each activity with equal excitement and dedication.

Addison Crane standing in a vintage setting.

Crane’s journey as a Poet began in the Fall of 2016, and although Whittier is not far from her hometown of Santa Ana, she has done her part to make Whittier her home away from home. Crane said she found her second family in the Met Society, which she joined in 2017 with her pledge class, the “Fourteen Roses,” alongside fourth-year Opinions Editor Jillian Spaulding. “It’s really given me a great support system,” said Crane when speaking about her Met family. “I can be quite angsty at times, and I just know that I will always have someone to be there to support me no matter what I’m going through.” Along with the countless memories Crane will hold dear as a Met, Crane reflected on her time as a member of the QC as well. “It was a way for me to share my creative side, even though it was scary at first. I really was able to find my voice and pursue what I have always had a passion for —  writing.” 

Surprisingly, English was not always Crane’s best subject. “I struggled with writing in school as a kid, and it wasn’t that I didn’t understand it, but that I struggled with learning disabilities.” As she grew up and was able to adjust to school and her unique style of learning, Crane soon found a passion in writing. “It kind of clicked junior year of high school,” said Crane, “and, from then on, it became my passion.” 

Crane’s passion for writing drew her into the QC, where she initially joined as a Staff Writer. As she continued to write, she quickly began to take on more administrative roles. Crane soon transitioned from Assistant Editor to co-Section Editor of Campus Life, and used both her writing skills and bubbly personality to help the section grow. Crane also helped facilitate a weekly Society Spotlight column and acted as a liaison between the QC and the Society community. 

Addison Crane standing on stairs.

Although the stresses of being both a full-time member of a Society and a full-time Section Editor with the QC were difficult to handle at times, Crane said that juggling the two responsibilities were integral in keeping her grounded throughout her time at the College. “It would have been so easy to quit either one, but I found it was so important for me to keep going,” she said with a smile. “It has been an incredibly fulfilling part of my life—one I’m so grateful to have done.”

Along with her passion for the QC and her Met family, Crane has spent the past four years studying English with a focus on creative writing. She intends to pursue writing when she graduates, and, along with her passion for writing, Crane has a strong passion for beekeeping and studying bees. “My dream is to move to Portland and become an author, and hopefully a beekeeper as well,” she remarked with a smile. (In fact, she is so passionate about bees, she has an adorable tattoo of one on her arm!)

Addison Crane in a dress.For Crane and many fourth-years, the anticlimactic end of her undergraduate career has been a great disappointment and has left her with a feeling of emptiness. “It’s sad,” she said as her tone turned to a more serious octave. “There’s people I never really got to say goodbye to.” Although Crane is graduating with the class of 2020, she is grateful that she will be able to return to finish her last semester in the Fall; whether that be online or in-person is yet to be decided. “I’m hoping I’ll get to at least have a semi-normal last semester of college,” she added. Crane, like many others, has been affected by the pandemic. She misses her friends, and even joked that she misses the hustle and bustle of the Campus Inn. Despite all of the current chaos, Crane is thankful for all of the memories she was able to make throughout her four years as a Poet. 

Throughout Crane’s time at Whittier College she has always maintained a positive and energetic attitude. She has made friendships that will last a lifetime and has gained powerful new skills.

Seeing as Crane spent her time at Whittier doing the things she loved, it will be no surprise to us when she continues to pursue her passions as she transitions into post-grad life. With her excellent skill for writing and friendly personality, we at the QC are eagerly awaiting her debut as an up and coming author. As always, she will have all of us here at the QC cheering her on.

Featured Image: Addison Crane / Quaker Campus

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  • Jackie Au is a fourth-year Political Science major with a minor in Anthropology. This is her fourth year working for the QC and her third year as a Section Editor for Campus Life. She is also a member of the College’s Women's Water Polo team. Her hobbies include road cycling, making pottery, and attempting to sell her silly little pots.

Jackie Au is a fourth-year Political Science major with a minor in Anthropology. This is her fourth year working for the QC and her third year as a Section Editor for Campus Life. She is also a member of the College’s Women's Water Polo team. Her hobbies include road cycling, making pottery, and attempting to sell her silly little pots.

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