Education major, English minor
I think it’s neat that after only five short years I’ll have my bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and my teaching license!
What made you choose Ursuline?
I chose Ursuline for the opportunity to continue running on the Cross Country and Track & Field teams. Also because of the unique 4+1 Education Bridge Program. I transferred to Ursuline after completing my first two years of my undergraduate courses at Lorain County Community College and all my English classes transferred, which was a nice bonus.
What did you like best about the English Department?
I loved my English courses each semester because each course had a wonderful variety of literary works to read and analyze, which really aided my engagement in the curriculum. I also loved having Dr. Trostel, head of the English department and faculty advisor for the English major, as my professor. She made learning and writing papers so exciting and engaging. She is a wonderful mentor to all her students and goes above and beyond in all her roles.
How many years were you on the editorial staff for Inscape? What did you gain from that experience?
I was a literary editor for Inscape for two years and from the experience I gained a better understanding of how to work on a publication team and the logistics of putting together a magazine. I feel confident from my experience as an editor that I will be comfortable working on a publication team, such as a school yearbook in my future career as a middle/high school English/Language-Arts teacher.
You were selected to present your senior thesis research paper at the nation’s only undergraduate humanities conference! Tell us about it.
My thesis, entitled “A Battle with Ink: Feminist Revisionism and Constance Fenimore Woolson’s Literature," followed and surveyed the life of the late Cleveland author Constance Fenimore Woolson and the 19th century feminism in her works, which can be interpreted in a modern context and can be applied to women today. It was a wonderful opportunity to work with the Cleveland Arts Prize to research one of their winners and create a podcast for the public. I also had the unique opportunity to look at archival materials as an undergraduate and further share my research at a conference through Johns Hopkins. I felt like a true sleuth and academic as I composed my thesis with original research and was proud to present my research at the conference.
What would you say to encourage a student considering studying English at Ursuline?
I would encourage any student who is interested in the English major or minor to take English courses at Ursuline because there are so many unique opportunities that Ursuline offers its students, whether participating in an undergraduate research conference, working on a college publication, or being a member of a national English Honors Society (Sigma Tau Delta). There are so many experiences to be had and many opportunities to gain valuable professional skills, while having loads of fun.
In addition to studying English, you’ve been in our 4+1 Education program. What made you choose that?
I have always been interested in teaching. I feel that I will be an even better English teacher because of Ursuline’s English department and my concentration in English as my undergraduate study. It was a nice bonus to also be able to use my athletic eligibility with the added 5th year with the bridge program. Ursuline’s unique 4+1 Education bridge program allowed me to both study education and English. I think it’s neat that after only five short years I’ll have my bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and my teaching license!