Born January 5, 1984, Ben Cornett would later develop the thought that he has always had a way with words. Throughout most of his adolescent schooling, Ben tended to favor Language Arts (Reading and Writing) over math and science. He does have a strong appreciation of history, however.
His vivid imagination has helped along his writing path. Such an imagination has allowed him to create wonderful short stories, as well as become very good at manipulating the truth. “I’d never make a great lawyer, but I’d be a terrific actor. I can create these scenarios in my head and actually believe them – then I’m pretty good at convincing others. Some would say that’s the brain of a psychotic, to me, I say it’s the brain of a talented artist.” Ben studied at Monroe County Community College for three years before graduating and moving out to Kalamazoo, MI and studying at Western Michigan University. He credits many professors as being inspirations as much as they are now colleagues.
Ben graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Western Michigan University in August 2012. He did not participate in any ceremony, as he felt he graduated the way he came in: silently unnoticed. “I didn’t want to make a big fuss. Sure, I think it would have made a lot of my family proud to attend commencement at WMU, but at the end of the day I still received a diploma. I’m still a graduate of WMU.” Ben has participated in varied sports, but says soccer was always his favorite. In 2008, Ben ran his first 5k and in 2010 his first half-marathon. “In high school I was very much the music nerd. I was in both band and choir and not ashamed of any of that. I had fun and met a lot of great people. College was more about rediscovering the inner comic book nerd and taking on marathon training.”
Ben still resides in Michigan spending much time with his family. “My family is always there for support and guidance. It’s nice to be living close to all of them again, and even better being able to attend my nieces and nephew’s sporting events and such.”
Ben believes that if people took just a few extra minutes every day to do something out of their way for a complete stranger, the world would be a less terrifying place. “I firmly believe that it is our job just as human beings to look out for each other. So many people turn to politicians or higher executives for protection or to take care of them, but the truth is we must take care of each other and stop being so petty.”
It is Ben’s hope that you make a personal connection to his writing; that he hopes his experience sheds a light on a solution you didn’t think about or just know that you weren’t the only one to go through a similar experience. Ben is no stranger to embarrassment, so that’s why he writes the things he does – so you don’t have to be afraid that you are the only one. Because you aren’t.