Will Clark

For as long as I can remember, my life has followed the dual tracks of music and writing. I picked up a guitar for the first time when I was 11 years old, eventually forming several bands throughout high school and consistently playing in Dallas’s Deep Ellum venues. Once I landed on the Forty Acres, three classmates and I formed a band called The Jibs, and I’ve continued to write music and perform around Austin, Dallas, and other parts of Texas. I could tell you how the thing I love most about music is its ability to change the world, but I think what’s more special is the way it affects individuals. It’s the feeling a song conveys that’s so small and personal and fragile that you wouldn’t dare describe it, but you know it’s there. Writing has also been a lifelong habit, from childish stories typed up on my mom’s computer to in-depth news articles. My passion really kicked into gear when I joined my high school’s newspaper, The ReMarker, where I covered issues like human trafficking, depression, gay rights, and one of the first Trump campaign rallies. I now write for The Daily Texan, where I’ve worked as an editor, covered the crime beat, and reported on multiple national news stories that occurred on campus. Through these stories I’ve learned how powerful a tool writing can be, and I hope to use that tool to deepen understanding. A few well wielded words can carve profound truth.

Majors: Journalism; Radio-Television and Film

What drew you to the Forty Acres Scholars Program (FASP)?
I was drawn to the Forty Acres Scholars Program because of the close knit community of scholars. From the first time I talked to a scholar, I could tell this was more than a program; it’s a family. I honestly feel weird referring to them as “scholars” because to me they’re my friends first. The instant willingness to help each other makes a 50,000 person university feel a lot more approachable, but at the same time opens doors to people I never would have met. The accessibility to alumni and mentors truly is remarkable, the resources available to scholars is invaluable, but the friends I’ve made is without a doubt the thing about the Forty Acres Scholars Program I would give up last.