I still remember when I declared my English Major, perhaps we all do. It was in the fall of my sophomore year and I brought the paperwork to Cynthia Dr. Richards and asked her to be my advisor. It was a special moment because I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do or major in.
All through high school, I was focused on STEM subjects: what I was good at. I’ve always been a reader, but certainly not a writer. I can never get all my thoughts to coexist coherently on paper. But although my interests may differ, I always come back to English.
I love the connections between subjects that appear in English. It’s magical to think how each semester I could be taking a class in four different departments and still draw them all back to my English courses. That’s why it’s been essential to my Wittenberg experience – English is my epicenter.
I don’t think I can choose just one influential professor, but perhaps two. Dr. Scot Hinson and Dr. Richards were essential to my English major career. Dr. Hinson showed me nuanced perspectives of understanding literature as well as mentoring me to find my own voice in my writing. Dr. Richards I’ve been with since the start of my English career. She encouraged my argumentative tendency and championed by ideas. Truly I could not imagine my English career without her.
Oh, all the books! You only want me to choose one? A Chorus of Stones by Susan Griffin and Quicksand by Nella Larson are the two most impactful books I’ve read during my English career. They both hold different meanings to me. I read A Chorus of Stones in my English 101 course and I just finished Quicksand; you could say they bookended my English Career.
I’ve learned many “important” things in my time as an English major, but maybe the most important to me is to be curious. The intersectionality of English requires you to remain constantly curious of the world around you.
To all the underclassmen, I encourage you to WRITE. I know it’s not what anyone wants to hear, but write!!! I didn’t do nearly enough writing as I should have. So, bite the bullet and pull the all-nighter earlier than the night before and just get the “shitty first draft” done. Then edit; that’s how you get smarter.
I’m currently looking for a job right now without any prospects. I’m thinking something with community development or become a midwife or work on an oil rig. I like to keep my options open.