Why Did you become an English major?
I initially wasn't sure what I wanted to focus on studying in college. After coming to Sewanee, I very nearly went in a direction of majoring in German. Like a lot of indecisive college students, I finally settled on English because it is where I'm academically strongest and it is most relevant to the career I want to pursue.
What do you like about the English major?
I like being an English major at Sewanee because of the strong emphasis placed on literary history. As a Politics and German Studies minor, having professors who care so much about the background and modern relevance of every text we study is important to me. I enjoy finding a variety of connections across my classes in different ways throughout each semester.
What do you plan to do after graduating?
While I don't have a clear plan to outline my post-graduate future, I am certain I want to work in the publishing industry. I'm not yet sure what sort of roles I could see myself in, but I am passionate about helping people make their goals happen.
Are you a member of any organizations on campus?
I am a member of three different organizations outside of academics. My biggest time commitment is to the University Choir due to frequent rehearsals and my event-coordination role as Social Chair. I am an active member of my sorority, Kappa Delta, and a second-year member of the Writing House. The Writing House collaborates with a host of student and academic groups to bring together literary enthusiasts all over campus, and sometimes coordinates with the English and Creative Writing department faculties to join in on our events.
What was the first English class you took?
The first English class I took was the first college course I ever walked into. It began at 8 A.M. three times a week and despite that, it is, to date, my most favorite class I've taken so far at Sewanee. It was called History of the English Language and it was the first time I encountered studies in etymology. This class, taught by Dean Alexander Bruce, is what drove me towards the major.
What is your favorite book of all time, or right now?
My favorite book of all time is Station Eleven, a standalone, multi-perspective novel written by Emily St. John Mandel. It features a wide cast of characters at different points before, during, and after a plague-driven apocalypse, and touches on themes like brief but important, genuine human connection.