Anna (Watson ’02) Carl has always had a true passion for traveling and exploring the world. Combined with her love of writing, as well as her determined spirit, Carl has made a name for herself. In the short time since graduation, Carl has traveled throughout the world meeting various people, cooking and writing about it. Carl has had an eclectic career thus far, but attributes her numerous jobs to shaping her as a writer and person today. Carl encourages young writers to “do what they love while having interesting life experiences before moving into a structured work setting.”
Carl’s love for travel did not begin only after graduating from Grove City College. As a student, Carl was fortunate to have the ability and opportunity to travel often. Reflecting on her time at the College and passion for travel, Carl said that her Grove City College experience was wonderful.
“I have always loved to travel; it has always been a big passion of mine,” Carl said.
While at the College, Carl tried to travel every summer. She had the opportunity to backpack in Europe, go on two different mission trips to Portugal and Belize, go on an Inner City Outreach trip to Jamaica, study abroad for a semester in Paris and enjoy several other trips. Carl had her first writing job at the College, writing for The Collegian as a restaurant critic. She describes her time spent in Paris as sparking her interest in food and in turn combining it with her previous passions of traveling and writing.
“Ever since I studied abroad in Paris, it started my ‘food awakening,’” Carl said.
After graduating, Carl started her adventurous and wide-ranging career. She moved back to her hometown of Nashville to write restaurant reviews for the entertainment newspaper, All the Rage, and then moved back to France for a year-and-a-half where she took an opportunity to write for Inner Metro, a food and metro magazine, and began her combination of food and travel writing.
“I have had a lot of jobs with cooking and writing,” Carl said. “I love both and have tried to incorporate both.”
In 2003, Carl saw her first article published in a magazine (Inner Metro in France). She was able to write about a story she pitched, which was about a day in the life of the French chef Susan Herrmann Loomis.
“It was a dream come true to spend a day with one of my food idols and be able to write about it,” Carl said.
This article was featured in the Summer 2013 issue of the GēDUNK magazine. Read MORE.