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Study abroad/English+ plans or experience(s):
Fortunately, my English Teaching major already has a built-in English+ experience with student teaching. I plan on student teaching next Winter semester (2019). I have, however, been able to teach English as a Second Language in places like South Korea, the Czech Republic, and I now wake up bright and early to teach students in China via an online platform.
I have lived in several different places growing up but I have lived the longest in Odenton, Maryland. For those unfamiliar with the East coast, I live somewhere in between Annapolis, Washington D.C., and Baltimore.
What a difficult question to answer! My favorite genre of literature is historical fiction and I am always looking for new books to read. More specifically, I enjoy reading WWII lit, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is one of my favorites.
What have been a few of your favorite classes within the English major and why did you like them?
About a year ago I took Shakespeare (ENGL 382) with Professor Deurden and I am not exaggerating when I say that the class was life-changing. I have always enjoyed Shakespeare at a superficial level and had only read his most popular, well-known plays. Through this course, I was able to appreciate Shakespeare at a much deeper level as we explored how Shakespeare truly grasped the human experience.
I also really enjoyed ENGL 361: American Literature 1800-1865 with Professor Taylor. We were able to work on a project that helped find and catalog Native American literature. It was one of the first classes where I felt that I was truly contributing to the literary community, especially among Native Americans.
What are your future plans/professional aspirations?
I became an English Teacher because I love teaching. My favorite teaching experiences so far have been teaching ESL and I plan on continuing that after I graduate. I already have my TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certification and am looking forward to teaching at an international school or online. I also hope to use my skills to help refugees and immigrants by teaching them the English they need to feel successful in their aspirations.
What have you learned from your major?
I think Robin Williams says it best in Dead Poets’ Society, “We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.”
My time studying English here at BYU has helped me make sense of and understand the world around me as well as human relationships in my life. My professors have been inspiring and every English course I have taken has changed me for the better. I am so grateful for the beauty I have discovered through my studies.