I fell in love with the campus the moment that I stepped out of the car. I also loved that the school was rooted in the Franciscan tradition. It seemed like a tightly knit community, and I knew I wanted to be a part of it.
My passion for reading and writing first sparked my interest in a B.A. in English. I enrolled in a few courses as a freshman, and I really enjoyed the seminar style. In these classes, students are expected to fully engage in the reading materials and learn from other students.
My sophomore year, I studied abroad in Siena, Italy. I did not speak any Italian, and my host family did not speak a word of English. I was pushed out of my comfort zone, and breaking the language and culture barriers was liberating. I even took some literature classes… in Italian!
I learned leadership skills in my seminar classes, where I had to present and teach new material to other students. I also learned critical thinking skills, and I know how to effectively dissect and analyze written information. Lastly, my English internships prepared me for my current career path, giving me “real world” experience while still in earning my degree.
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (and LOVING it!)
Class of 2011