Honors College Theses

Publication Date



Writing & Linguistics (B.A.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (restricted to Georgia Southern)

Faculty Mentor

Laura Valeri


The People We Become is a coming-of-age novella about Ezzie, a senior in college, who struggles to answer a question that many people are forced to face in their lives, “Do I sacrifice my dreams to help others?” Ezzie must make a decision to tell her best friend, Angela, that they are interviewing for the same internship at Vogue. If she gets the position, she risks losing her best friend and leaving her dying mother in Georgia while she pursues her dream of working for a fashion magazine in New York. The first person present tense narrative enables the reader to follow Ezzie’s journey, and to understand how the events that surround our lives affect the people we become.