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Jen was a self-proclaimed and very proud nerd. She kept a blog called Nerdy Notions, in which she discussed various topics from her love of books, music, Boston, her New Year’s Resolutions, and many others. Don’t miss the “About the Nerd” section at the top! You will truly understand her passion and humor after reading this.

Jen’s description about her love of books:

I love books from libraries, with the dog eared pages that make you wonder how another patron could have possibly left Elizabeth Bennet in the midst of a conversation with none other than Mr. Darcy. I love books from used bookstores that, despite a stain from a cup of coffee here and there, have stories beyond the typed words their pages offer up, of the journey they once took with a reader and how they came to part with the original recipient. At the same time, I love brand new books, with their fresh smell and the crack of the binding as you reach the abrupt twist in the plot. I love opening the box with Amazon’s knowing smile, freshly arrived at the dorm’s mail room or my own front door. My affection for the printed word is no new flame. As a toddler I would spread out all my books, demanding the nearest adult read them all to me. Or, when that didn’t work, would flip through the pages and make up my own stories to match the illustrations. I’m not quite sure how this started, as neither of my parents are exactly bibliophiles, but so it goes.

Jen went to meet one of her favorite authors, John Green and his brother Hank. Jen wrote:

At the time, Hank was wearing a clever shirt that read, “My muggle friends just don’t understand.” As for myself, my shirt had “Muggle” loudly displayed on the front, so I apologized for my apparent ignorance.

Jen wrote about her New Year’s Resolutions for 2014:

Yes, I too would like to lose weight—particularly before heading to the beach and wearing skirts in the warmer months. Is it too soon to be dreaming about summer? I would love to be that person who commits herself to a rigorous exercise program and diet, but then again I would like to be best friends with Jennifer Lawrence so we’ll see. Then there are the goals I think of as “cleansing” or “perfecting.” You know, those goals you strive for in order to become that one friend you have who seems to have their life together in such perfection that you almost want to hate them, but can’t because she’s so freaking nice. I want to read 50 novels next year—and not just bargain romantic comedies I picked up in the used section, but hard cover, 1,000 page classics that will make others notice when I reference them. I want to do yoga every week and find that inner peace people tell me is real, but which I have yet to find. I want volunteer at a local food pantry, animal shelter, elementary school—really I’d just like to solve all the world’s problems.

My Favorite Place
By Jennifer Janiak
December 21, 2006 (age 13)

In my favorite place, there could be people on quests.
Romance and mystery make some the best.
In the mall,
Or during Fall,
Villains or crooks,
My favorite place is with my head in a book.

Books take me away to far away lands.
I can picture it clearly, lying in the sand;
With laughing friends, all are happy and gay,
Wasting away a gorgeous summer day.

Sometimes I go to schools, private or not
And can picture the students, the campus, a busy parking lot.
Jocks throwing balls, oblivious to the scene,
That the girls they like are really quite mean.

Sometimes I can picture myself using magic, potions, and spells;
What will happen next I can never tell.
You never can guess what will happen in books,
A mystery solved, new twists took.

Books take me away
From my troubles that day.
Under the covers at night,
With a dim flash light.
Sometimes on a plane or in a car;
I also like to read under the stars.

Be careful what you read after dark.
Some you’ll read then scream at the slightest bark!
A few books you’ll read will make your eyes tear.
Others will bring you happiness and cheer.
Some books you learn from, but not just the facts
Morals and principles that started way back.

So thank you dear authors, for all you have done.
Without your writing the world would have missed out on a ton.
Your books don’t just help me; they help others I’m sure.
Like others, for my stress yours books are a cure.
I can only hope, I’ll become as good as you,
And write many books as well as you do.

My favorite place is a far away place.
In far away lands, on various dates.
If I’m really into it, I’ll get hooked,
In my favorite place, with my head in a book.

Index on Censorship

While Jen was studying abroad in London, she had an internship at Index on Censorship. You will see from their website, that Jen made a perfect choice in working there. “Index is a nonprofit that campaigns for and defends free expression worldwide. We publish work by censored writers and artists, promote debate, and monitor free speech. We believe that everyone should be free to express themselves without fear of harm or persecution - no matter what their views.”

Here is a sample of an article that she wrote:

The Daily Free Press

Jen wrote for The Daily Free Press, which is an independent student newspaper at Boston University

US Quidditch Association (USQ)

Jen wrote for the US Quidditch Association. Her editor wrote a nice tribute to her, and shared links to her work.