Meet: Devan Pride
What was the biggest factor in your decision to enroll at Georgia Southern?
- I’d started college at a local technical school, and during my ENG 1102 Composition class, the professor pulled me aside after reading one of my papers and told me about Georgia Southern. He told me they had a standalone program that’d allow me to attain a degree in writing, which I desperately wanted. Ultimately, that was all I needed to know to attend GSU.
Why did you decide to major in Writing and Linguistics as opposed to other majors?
- Writing has always been one of my passions! A majority of people I’ve talked to throughout my scholastic career have told me I’d have to major in literature or English, but in this major I’m working on building the skills and obtaining the knowledge I want. No other major could compare!
Which courses in what area have been particularly valuable to you as a major?
- As of right now, I’d have to say Creative Writing and Careers in Writing and Linguistics. I had Careers in Writing and Linguistics my first semester at GSU, and it was really refreshing to see all the ways writers and linguists could put their skills to use, besides teaching! Creative Writing built workshopping skills, teaching students how to help one another and offer advice on writing in a healthy environment. It also exposed me to forms of writing I hadn’t worked with in a while, which were fun to come back to.
How do you plan to apply your skills as a writer in your everyday life and how did majoring in Writing and Linguistics at Georgia Southern allow you to develop those skills?
- I’ll use these skills to help other writers improve, while also assisting friends and family with any sort of professional writing needs. Majoring in Writing and Linguistics has refined the skills I already possessed, while writing everyday in some way, shape, or form in my classes has allowed me to develop skills I didn’t even know I had.
What advice would you give to students considering a major in Writing and Linguistics?
- Do your research! There are many aspects to both Writing and Linguistics that you should take into consideration. There isn’t one set path or one way to go, so take your time and do what’s best for you. Take a few courses as electives, first, and maybe get a feel for it before you commit.
Which professors in particular stood out to you as effective role models and guides to you as a student?
- Jared Sexton, Christina Olson, and Theresa Welford. All three teach forms of creative writing and have inspired me in different ways. They’re all willing to help their students and work to foster a productive, entertaining environment for writers. In a society where professors are often painted as cold and blasé, these three care genuinely about your success, both as a student and as a writer.
Are you a part of any student organizations or clubs within the major? If yes, what have those experiences been like? Do you recommend new students of the major/minor to join such organizations?
- I joined the Writer’s Guild during the fall semester. It’s been a lot of fun, and I’ve made so many good friends that are both in and out of the major. I definitely recommend that new students check it out! You never know who you’re going to meet or what you’ll learn.
Is there a specific experience you’ve had in the Writing and Linguistics department that you value?
- There isn’t one in particular, but I really, really love that I can come in and share things I’ve written and even my own life experiences with such a supportive group of people.
How well would you say your experiences at Georgia Southern have prepared you for graduate school and employer demands?
- As of right now, I’d say pretty well! I’ve learned many applicable skills to use both in and out of the classroom, and they all have their distinct advantages. I’m only a sophomore at the moment, but I’m looking forward to the semesters ahead and what else I’m going to learn.
Last updated: 7/20/2016