Meet the Writer: Nathaniel Williams

Last week we featured the Writing 105 winning Exemplary Essay Prison Profiteers: The Exploitation of the 13th Amendment and Race to Construct an Empire and now we are pleased to meet the writer behind that essay, Nathaniel Williams.


Hometown: Hackensack, NJ

Major: Communication and Media Arts

Class I’m loving: Contemporary Math

I’m not just a writer… I also host a radio show, DJ, & perform music.

Nathaniel, what do you admire about your essay Prison Profiteers: The Exploitation of the 13th Amendment and Race to Construct an Empire?

This was my first college essay, and to me that spoke volumes. Every time I look back on my experience with writing my essay, I remember that that was the turning point in my academic career. I had been a good student throughout all of high school, but I had trouble when it came to English essays. Whatever I wrote, no matter how detailed or meaningful it was, it never seemed to be enough. It went like that for two whole school years.

I lost confidence in my writing for a while, and it got to the point where I stopped my hobby of writing stories altogether. Once I got to college, I had two words in my mind: “no more.”I admire the growth that I see in this essay. It marked a new beginning, and I haven’t strayed from my new path since.

What type of writing do you imagine doing in the future, either professionally or personally?


I want to get myself immersed in creative writing again for the future. I’m looking to be a game developer after I graduate, but I want to be the one to create its story. I’d like to immerse myself in narrative writing to make different types of media like films, video games, TV shows, and music. I’ve always liked telling stories, but I’ve liked spreading messages even more.

What else are you looking forward to?

The rest of college (no joke)! Montclair State has given me so many new opportunities to choose from, and I’ve only been a student for one year. I feel like I’ve learned more about myself in my freshman year than in the last 5 years of my life, and that’s invigorating to me.

Congratulations Nathaniel!