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Meet: Olivia Murphy

What was the biggest factor in your decision to enroll at Georgia Southern?

Georgia Southern was my first choice for college as it was affordable and offered programs that interested me. I visited the Georgia Southern campus once for a basketball game during the winter. Even though the campus was covered in snow, it was the most beautiful campus that I ever saw. I knew that Georgia Southern, the REAL Georgia Southern, would be my home.

Why did you decide to major in Writing and Linguistics as opposed to other majors?

I started my studies in the College of Education and then switched to an English major. After trying to find my comfort zone in the hardcore English studies, I began noticing that a lot of my peers in Writing and Linguistics always had exciting news to share and their enjoyment in hearing others’ criticism. In the English world, we didn’t have much room for the creative thinker like me. When I switched my major for the third time to Writing and Linguistics, I knew I was surrounded by people who loved and challenged my way of thinking about my writing and the world.

How would you say your experiences at Georgia Southern have prepared you for graduate school and employer demands?

If it had not been for the extensive class periods of workshops, lectures on how to improve our writing and professors who believed in our potential, I would not be sitting here as a graduate student at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA. Georgia Southern University’s Writing and Linguistics program prepared me for an endless career of knowing who I was as a person and a writer, but also the courage to go out there and tell people my truth.

What advice would you give to students considering a minor in Writing and Linguistics?

DO IT! As a former English major who had Writing and Linguistics as a minor, it was fantastic to take a break from such extensive studying in English and Literature to write and hear stories from others who had extradentary lives. Most of my classmates from our Writing and Linguistics classes are still my closest friends to this day. The Writing and Linguistics program at Georgia Southern created a family of writers for me. I always had a place to share my work, my thoughts, and my heart.

Last updated: 1/11/2021