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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 & 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 & 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 & 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.

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, 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 & 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: 7/8/2017