Meet: Kelsey Allman
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?
Currently, I work for a high end equestrian company, Voltaire Design, in south Florida. I’m also a freelance writer and a part time student. My W&L skills come in handy all the time. I can research efficiently and thoroughly, simplify complex information and tailor it to specific audiences, and I can make just about any aspect of manufacturing a saddle read as thrilling as any espionage thriller novel.
Why did you decide to major/minor in Writing & Linguistics as opposed to other majors/minors?
I was a transfer student who recently discovered that my original major, Equine Science, took the fun out of working with horses and had really lost my passion for everything. It still took me a year at Southern before I found the W&L department, but once I met some of the faculty and students, I knew I found my home. W&L challenged me and helped me sharpen my skills in something I have always loved. Through the department, I found ways to grow as a writer.
What really sold me was that the degree wasn’t just creative writing because I worried about being able to support myself comfortably after college. I didn’t think I would like the other aspects of the degree, but I found that I have just as strong a passion for the technical writing as the creative, and I found linguistics to be fascinating! I’m continuing my studies of technical writing, linguistics, and creative writing even now, post-grad!
How well did your experiences at Georgia Southern prepare you for graduate school and/or employer demands?
I’ll get back to you on that one in a few months. But I can say I felt extremely confident through the entire application and interview process.
Is there a specific experience you’ve had in the Writing & Linguistics department that you would like to share?
There’s too many to even begin to describe. I think it is sufficient to say that no matter what was happening with me, there was always someone––student or staff––in the W&L family who was looking out for me.
What advice would you give to students considering a major/minor in Writing & Linguistics?
It’s a challenge like nothing else in the academic world. No, we don’t have tests, but deadlines creep up faster than you think. But you will get to know yourself and your passions and abilities in a way that no other path of study can offer you. Take one class and you’ll be hooked. That’s all it took for me.
Last updated: 7/9/2017