Meet: Kenneth Lee
What was the biggest factor in your decision to enroll at Georgia Southern?
- A big factor that played in my decision to enroll was picking a place that would give me a quality education, while being affordable.
Why did you decide to minor in Writing and Linguistics as opposed to other minors?
- While other minors sometimes caught my attention and sounded cool, I knew that, ultimately, it had to be writing. I love writing, and not just content-creating but the technical aspects of it as well. It’s almost like a puzzle. There’s structure and rules to creating the perfect sentence, and you can do so much with the perfect sentence. You can craft a hilarious joke, impress your boss, inspire a nation, comfort a loved one, etc. A message is much more effective if you know how to present it properly. Writing is both art and science, and that’s why I wanted to learn the ins and outs of the trade.
Which courses in what areas have been particularly valuable to you as a minor?
- I took a Revision, Grammar, and Culture class online over the summer, and I find myself still applying what I learned in that class in writing-related tasks. I’m currently taking Professional Editing and that class has been influential in how I see the writing process as a whole. Creative Writing and Poetry Writing have been helpful in allowing me to grow more comfortable with other forms of writing (the more expressive types of writing).
How do you plan to apply your skills as a writer in your everyday life and how did minoring in Writing and Linguistics at Georgia Southern allow you to develop those skills?
- I plan to apply my skills as a writer in my everyday life through my work, which is journalism. I suspect working with words is what I’ll basically end up doing for most of my life. Minoring in Writing and Linguistics at GSU helped me hone my craft and learn more in depth about writing as a profession. Also with my writing skills I can write grammatically correct text messages and Facebook statuses.
What advice would you give to students considering a minor in Writing and Linguistics?
- I would advise that they try to take a good number of creative writing classes that brings them out of their comfort zone. Take a poetry class! Take a screenwriting class! Just try something new! Also, don’t shrug off the writing classes that deal with the technical aspects of writing. They’re just as important in developing your voice as a writer and can be just as fun.
Are you 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 am part of student media. As a writing minor and a journalism major, this organization has helped me grow as a writer. The experience of writing for a newsroom was really interesting. Being a part of student media meant that I had to write and turn in stories week after week, so it helped me stay on my toes as a writer.
Is there a specific experience you’ve had in the Writing and Linguistics department that you value?
- Not a specific experience, but I really value and appreciate the encouragement and constructive criticism that a student interested in writing can receive from their peers and professors within the Writing and Linguistics department. It really makes all the difference.
How well would you say your experiences at Georgia Southern have prepared you for graduate school and employer demands?
- I think Georgia Southern offers a lot of opportunities for students to prepare for the next stage of their lives. Although I have not taken advantage of all these opportunities, I’m aware that they’re there and believe that they’re able to help students prepare pretty well.
Last updated: 7/20/2016