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Meet: Emily Stephens

Emily Stephens NameWhat was the biggest factor in your decision to enroll at Georgia Southern?

  • For me, it was the price of tuition and the fact that I was unsure of what I wanted to study. My sister was already here at Georgia Southern though, and my father told me I should attend, too.

Why did you decide to major in Writing and Linguistics as opposed to other majors?

  • Writing makes me happy, and my father always told me to do whatever makes me happy.

Which courses in what area have been particularly valuable to you as a major?

  • From the classes I’ve taken so far, I would say the creative writing classes have been the most valuable. I tend to write more factual stories and reports, and creative writing has taught me how to soften them.

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 plan to apply these skills to my speech; I have a speech impediment, so I avoid certain words. Thanks to my writing courses, I can avoid these words and be funny.

What advice would you give to students considering a major in Writing and Linguistics?

  • Take some 2000 and 3000 level courses first, but don’t wait too long; you’ll want to take some of your core classes while you’re a junior or senior so the workload doesn’t end up crippling you.

Which professors in particular stood out to you as effective role models and guides to you as a student?

  • My first guide was Dr. Psonak. He was my Composition 1101 and 1102 professor, and was in his classes that I rediscovered the fun of writing. The second was Dr. Marwitz, who taught Everyday Creative Writing (WRIT2131). We did writing exercises that often left me stumped, but I wrote anyway.

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 Writers’ Guild this semester, hoping to supplement what I’m learning in the classroom. So far, the meetings have all been fun and informative. I would recommend students join this organization, even if they aren’t a major or minor; it could help anyone who has issues with writing.

Is there a specific experience you’ve had in the Writing and Linguistics department that you value?

  • In one of the last workshops in Dr. Marwitz’s class, we were reviewing nonfiction pieces. I’d written about a relative I lost, and all the support and critiques I received from classmates were incredibly helpful. That might’ve been one of the only times I cried in a class.

Last updated: 7/20/2016

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