Hometown: Plainwell, MI
Major: English (Writing)
Concentration: Media Studies
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Mint Chocolate Chip
Best Adjective to Describe You: Elastic
In 10 words or less, why should a student want to be involved in this department?
Learn to think and express yourself critically, creatively, and clearly.
What initially drew you to this department? What keeps you coming back?
I’ve always loved reading, but I never realized how important the skills that I’ve learned can be. English courses aren't just about reading novels or writing poetry. The study of English is about learning to make meaning of the world around you and developing your critical thinking skills—and the need for those skills extends far beyond the English major.
What’s your biggest piece of advice to first years and sophomores in this department?
Don’t limit yourself to one side of the department. If you’re a writing concentrator, take theory courses to make your writing more meaningful and give you new ideas. If you’re a literary studies concentrator, take creative writing courses to learn how to write what you’re reading.
How does your department connect to your other interests and activities?
My passion lies in my Media Studies concentration, and many of the classes that I’ve taken to fulfill those requirements are within the English department. The critical thinking skills I’ve learned in literature classes transfer to thinking about media, culture, film, and art as well.
What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned at K?
There are thousands of people here with different backgrounds and viewpoints and it’s important to respect those around you and challenge yourself without sacrificing your own identity. Trust yourself and seek a place, a job, a group, where you feel productive and challenged.
What has been your favorite class at K? Why?
Advanced Documentary Film with Dhera Strauss. The documentary film production courses allowed me to combine the writing and story-building skills that I had with my love for art and design. I had never considered film to be an area of expression for me, but this class (and Dhera) encouraged me to seriously consider the possibility of filmmaking as a career.
What is your SIP?
I’m writing a collection of essays that relate media and culture to my personal identity.
What are your career aspirations/next steps after K?
I hope to continue working in media and film production after I graduate.