Meet: Gabriela Medina-Nuñez
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 currently attend Georgia State College of Law in hopes of becoming a capable asset in the legal community. The Writing and Linguistics degree that I obtained has been essential to the path I chose. Legal writing is a huge and often scary part of the legal profession. While it is a very different style, the fundamentals and techniques I learned through my major’s courses made it significantly less terrifying.
Why did you decide to major/minor in Writing & Linguistics as opposed to other majors/minors?
I chose this major because writing is, and always will be, my greatest passion. Even as my interest in law developed I still craved the instruction I received through my creative writing courses. It became even better when the Writing and Linguistic track allowed me to choose from courses such as Language and Law, which aligned perfectly with my Political Science minor.
How well did your experiences at Georgia Southern prepare you for graduate school and/or employer demands?
Georgia Southern enabled me to reach for more. I truly enjoyed my years at the University because the campus simply hummed with opportunity and edification. The University catered to each student as an individual by offering a variety of organizations, jobs, and internship programs. Yet, the professors were also an integral part as they mentored us students based on their experience and genuine investment in helping us grow.
Is there a specific experience you’ve had in the Writing & Linguistics department that you would like to share?
The department always went out of their way to help me choose my desired paths. I was set to graduate on time in the spring of my fourth year, when a professor from the department came into my classroom and pitched the most amazing Study Abroad trip to Italy I have ever seen. It was called Italy: Ancient & Modern, and not only would there be history courses offered but writing ones as well. I needed to go on this trip! I quickly sought out my advisor Christy Curley to weight options, and together with the help of Dr. Lori Amy and Dr. Dan Bauer we came up with a marvelous solution that permitted me to travel across the seas for the first time to Europe and participate in the program. I know that without a staff so dedicated in giving their students a quality learning experience, I would never have been able to make such a thing happen.
What advice would you give to students considering a major/minor in Writing & Linguistics?
Do not chose a major based on what you think you should be studying—whether you think it will make you the most money, give you the most fame, or even just that it’s what your parents want for you. If you honestly love writing and appreciate the beauty of language, then do it because it is what makes you happy. I guarantee that choosing to study your passion will not only motivate you in your studies like never before, but it will teach you a lot about yourself and the extraordinary talents that are locked within you. If this resonates with you, I highly recommend choosing this major.
Last updated: 7/9/2017