Sample Autobiographical Sketch
My name is Jane Hilman. I am twenty-five years old and a junior at Utah State University. I was born in West Virginia, but grew up in Denver, Colorado. I have six sisters and no brothers. My dad works for the local PBS station and my mother is a stay-at-home mom. My parents love the outdoors and my family and I all love to ski, camp, and backpack. My family is Baptist. My sisters and I love to tell scary stories. It is not uncommon for us to stay up late when we return home for holidays, rehearsing for each other the "weird" stories that we have heard. It must have started when we were little girls in West Virginia. My granddaddy Jones, my mother's father, knew hundreds of stories about ghosts and local legends. When we moved from West Virginia (when I was eight), my mother started to tell us many of her father's stories. She would always tell us "stories from home" when it was snowy outside and we couldn't get to school. My dad also got in on the action by telling "strange" stories about his army days. It became a family tradition to "tell stories" on no-school days or when camping or traveling. When I graduated from high school, I decided to come to Utah to work and ski. I moved to Salt Lake City and worked as a secretary for an architectural firm. I also joined the local back country club. On one of the first campouts I attended with the group I heard (and told) some pretty scary stories. When I moved to Logan, Utah, to study Fisheries and Wildlife Management at USU I continued to camp and ski with my friends from the Salt Lake area. When I decided I would collect urban legends for my folklore class I decided to use the stories that my friends had told me on our skiing and camping trips.