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Meet: Brandi Hanna

What do you currently do (or plan to do), and how do the skills you acquired and practiced in the Writing & Linguistics courses benefit this plan?

I will be starting my MFA program at Louisiana State University in the fall of 2017 and I owe a great deal of this accomplishment to the Writing & Linguistics department at Georgia Southern. Although small, it has given me the space that I needed to find my voice and grow as a writer. I have been lucky enough to have awesome professors who worked closely with and assisted me with fine tuning my poems and molding them into the manuscript that I eventually submitted for acceptance.

Why did you decide to major/minor in Writing & Linguistics as opposed to other majors/minors?

After switching majors three times I finally accepted, in my Junior year, that Writing and Linguistics was the only major that made sense to me. I’ve always enjoyed writing and I figured I was pretty okay at it, so I made the switch, hesitantly, but after my first semester I knew it was where I belonged.

How well did your experiences at Georgia Southern prepare you for graduate school and/or employer demands?

From workshops to guest speakers to personal conversations with professors, my experience at Georgia Southern is one of, if not the, top reasons I applied and got accepted to LSU. There is a sincere concern that is shown towards the students in the Writing and Linguistics department and at Georgia Southern on the whole. There is always something being offered to assist in furthering the goals of all who are willing to take advantage of the services and experiences offered.

Is there a specific experience you’ve had in the Writing & Linguistics department that you would like to share?

One of the most memorable moments I had as a W&L major was being nominated for and a finalist in the 2016 Brannen Awards that are hosted by the department. It was an amazing experience that gave me a much needed confidence boost without diminishing or ignoring all of the other amazing and talented students in the department.

What advice would you give to students considering a major/minor in Writing & Linguistics?

Do it! The professors, the students, and the department as a whole are amazing! To be a Writing & Linguistics major is to be a part of a small community with a big heart that cares for and looks out for one another. There are so many opportunities for involvement and improvement. I can say with complete sincerity that becoming a Writing & Linguistics major was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

Last updated: 1/11/2021