Meet: Sara Green
What was the biggest factor in your decision to enroll at Georgia Southern?
- Growing up, I spent a majority of my summers at Tybee Island, and Coastal Georgia became my home away from home. When I found out there was a huge, comparatively inexpensive university about forty miles away, I knew it was the one for me.
Why did you decide to major in Writing and Linguistics as opposed to other majors?
- After two years of community college and work, I transferred to GSU as an education major. Once I got into my major classes, I knew it wasn’t going to work for me. A close friend suggested writing, and because I’d always been interested in being a published author, I decided to go with it. One of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
Which courses in what area have been particularly valuable to you as a major?
- Writing the Undead with Dr. Welford was my first creative writing course, and it helped to enrich my voice and narrative structure by focusing on writing suspenseful and intense scenes.
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?
- Everything I learn in my writing classes helps me become a better writer every day. I build new skills and update old tricks, all to help me find success as an aspiring novelist.
What advice would you give to students considering a major in Writing and Linguistics?
- We’re all in this together! Find a teacher in your field of interest and talk to them about their accomplishments and achievements. Put your heart and soul into this degree, and you’ll be amazed what you will get out of it.
Which professors in particular stood out to you as effective role models and guides to you as a student?
- Professor Sexton has made the biggest impact on my career path; his creative writing class is incredibly helpful, and he really goes out of his way to make time for his students. He encourages, helps with assignments, and even assists with other, outside work.
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’m not currently an official member of any clubs, due to my job, but I attend Writers’ Guild meetings from time to time.
Is there a specific experience you’ve had in the Writing and Linguistics department that you value?
- I submitted a scene from a novel I’ve been working on as a manuscript in Dr. Welford’s class. I got to sit down with her and another student and workshop it together. It was an amazing experience, and the fact that I can get such honest and thorough feedback makes me feel unbelievably lucky.
How well would you say your experiences at Georgia Southern have prepared you for graduate school and employer demands?
- Before becoming a Writing and Linguistics major, I felt my dream of being a writer was far-fetched. Now it feels as though it’s within reach. All you need is determination and support, which I receive daily at Georgia Southern.
Last updated: 7/20/2016