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Meet: Kasi Bitter

Student review, MFA candidate

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?

Ultimately, my goal is to get a job that fulfills two requirements: that I get to write every day and that I enjoy working enough to get out of bed every morning with a smile on my face. The next step on this path is going to graduate school, and with any luck, I’ll be using the research, workshop, editing, and writing skills I’ve developed over the course of my undergraduate career in a fellowship or graduate assistant position.

I like to tell everyone, “My dream is to hit it J.K. Rowling style, and write a hit series,” but I can’t say exactly what my job title or description will be after earning an MFA. Whatever it is, I know I’ll be using every aspect of what I’ve learned as a W&L major here at Georgia Southern as a foundation to build on.

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

When I was a senior in high school, my creative writing teacher made our entire class write a piece and submit it for The Write Place contest, and a few months later I got an email saying I had placed and inviting me to come to Statesboro for the award ceremony, a tour of campus, and lunch with some of the W&L faculty and staff. It took a good meal and an epiphany brought on by a comment I made about bringing my betta fish to my dorm for me to decide that Georgia Southern and this major were perfect for me.

How well did your experiences in Writing & Linguistics prepare you for graduate school and/or employer demands?

The professors and students within the W&L department have pushed me out of my comfort zone, guided me through new genres and techniques, and provided such amazing advisement and support that I was able to apply, and get accepted, to my top choice graduate school with confidence and minimal nervousness. Everything I’ve learned and studied as a W&L major has prepared me for a bright future in which I will be able to spoil my cat endlessly.

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

All good things in the W&L department happen on the second floor of the Newton building in a room filled with worn furniture and half-broken lamps where students do more procrastinating and eating than they like to admit: the writing lounge. It, in and of itself, is the greatest experience a W&L major can and will have.

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

Try not to doubt yourself or your talents. It’s natural to want to be better, but let go of any thoughts or concerns you have about not be good enough to write. You are good enough. The fact that you’re here is proof of this.

To quote the great Shia Labeouf, “Just do it. Some people dream of success while you’re going to wake up and work hard at it. Nothing is impossible. You should get to the point where anybody else would quit, and you’re not going to stop there.”

Last updated: 4/14/2021