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Hi, I’m Emily Hubbard

I’m a book blogger, a home cook, a newlywed, and a soon-to-be mom. And I’m an English major.

Emily Hubbard


I’ve always known I wanted to be a writer someday, so I knew from the moment I walked onto BYU campus that I wanted to be an English major. I loved reading classics for my major, so a couple years ago I started a book blog called Classics and Beyond. I’ve been married for more than a year and a half to my husband, Doug, who likes cars and movies but doesn’t like chocolate, which forever wounds my chocolate-loving heart. I’m expecting a little girl in December (which is also when I’ll hopefully graduate), and I’m determined to raise her to love books…and chocolate.

One of my favorite books is The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot

My book blog: “Classics and Beyond
My other blog, for everything else: “Emily’s Moment of Time

Emily serves as an officer in the English Society

Bonjour, I’m Emma Jarvis!

I’m a Frenchie, social media addict, treat enthusiast, die-hard Arizonian and wanna-be Southerner, and I’m an English Major

Emma Jarvis in Paris

I love Paris. And that’s an understatement.

Like most English majors, I’ve always been addicted to reading. It was my junior year AP English teacher, Ms. Creaser, who cemented my need to be an English Major. I had never been in a class as intellectually stimulating as that class, and as I figured out intense life questions through writing, I knew there was no other option for me in college. I’ve been disillusioned from time to time with the major, wondering if I would enjoy advertising or graphic design more, but at the end of the day, I sit in Dr. Cutchins‘s class and puzzle over Henry James, or listen to Dr. Hall rant as the class laughs, and I know I’ve picked the right major.

One of my favorite books is Henry James’s Daisy Miller.

Visit my blog: “Pretty Much Almost
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Emma serves as the President of the English Society

Hello! I’m Madeline Thatcher

I’m a junior, an avid Potterhead, a BBC lover, and an aspiring writer. And I’m an English major.

Madeline Thatcher

Madeline Thatcher

There is a pink and blue set of “Fun With Dick and Jane” that sits on the bookcases in my family room. Although now they are rarely touched, fifteen years ago they were my absolute favorites. A few weeks before I started kindergarten, my mother introduced me to the written word, and my summer adventures with Dick, Jane, Sally, and Spot plunged me head first into the freedom reading brings.

I was the child who was grounded from reading. My parents had to wrestle my copies of the Harry Potter series away from me as punishment for neglecting my chores. I’m also pretty sure the reason my eyesight is so terrible (as in a “-7.5 prescription in both eyes” kind of terrible) is because a large portion of my reading was done under my comforter with a flashlight I had stolen from my father’s toolbox. And I haven’t exactly grown out of this habit either – my roommates will often walk into my room to find me reading a novel late into the night after all my other coursework has been completed (and they, like my mother, tell me to go to bed).

As I’ve grown, I’ve accumulated additional “favorites” and along the way realized that literature has the power to literally change lives. It makes our humanity more accessible, proves to us that the human experience, while unique, is a collective one, and because of this, reassures us that we are never truly alone. Being an English major allows me to explore this facet of the human race on an intimate level – and I love it.

One of my favorite books is “Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man” by Fanny Flagg

Visit my blog,  “But Inside I’m Tall
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Madeline serves as Internship Liaison for the English Society and maintains the BYU English Internships blog.

I’m Adam Burton

I am a bibliophile, a cartoonist, a biker and aspiring author. And I’m an English major.

My graphite incarnation.

My graphite incarnation.

All my life I have embraced language and literature as a second nature. (I was even chastised in elementary school for “reading too much.”) My love of stories has often inspired me to create my own stories, whether through novel-writing — especially NaNoWriMo — or through my own crazy style of cartooning. I enjoy learning about and experiencing many subjects, including biology, music, history and biking, but I always turn back to the study of literature because it tells us so much about the human experience and empowers us to see meaning in the world.

One of my favorite books is Norton Juster’s The Phantom Tollbooth.

Adam is the official cartoonist for the English Society blog. Watch for his humorous art in posts to come…

Hello, I’m Shane Peterson

I’m an author, editor, writing tutor, and literature enthusiast. And I’m an English major.

Working at the front desk of the Wordsworth Trust museum.

Working at the front desk of the Wordsworth Trust museum.

I sincerely believe that behind every English student is a great English teacher. Mine was named Mrs. Ringen. She also taught me how to think critically, write with purpose, and read with a passion. If it wasn’t for her, I wouldn’t have decided to study English literature at school.

For me, being a literature student is more of a lifestyle choice than an area of study. It runs deeper than a desire to be a teacher or a writer. I decided a long time ago that I wasn’t going to make a career choice based on money but rather on what would help me become a better human being. Reading literature helps us understand others’ stories, and these stories teach us how we can live and work together as human beings. I still strongly believe that being a teacher and a storyteller and can help me live the most Christ-like life possible, because what was Christ? A teacher and a storyteller.

One of my favorite books is Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

You can see me blog, “Mere Ramblings” at http://shrpeter.wordpress.com/

Shane serves as the Vice-President of the English Society and manages the English Society blog.

Hi, I’m Katie!

I’m a pie maker, a “tree-hugger,” a musician, and a lover of Assyrian art. And I’m an English major.

Katie getting caught in the rain . . . again

Katie getting caught in the rain . . . again

When I’m not cooking curry or eating desserts, I’m usually traveling. I’ve been all over the United States, from California Adventures to Disneyworld, from Pike’s Peak to Times Square. Last Fall semester, I explored France, Italy, Scotland, and England, enjoying art, food, music, and cultures different from my own. While I love doing yoga in ancient ruins and being enraptured by nature, I’ve learned that reading—as cliché as this is going to seem—is another way to go on adventures by exploring how a writer expresses what it means to be human.

I first decided to be an English major because I had lofty goals: I wanted to be a writer and to change the world and to make people happy. Although these are still my goals, I’ve realized that there are many ways to learn and to feel that I had never before realized were possible. Learning how to think and learning new perspectives has enabled me to stretch myself—as a scholar, as a citizen, as a friend, as a daughter, as a child of God. Our universal status of all being children of a loving and an all-powerful God does not mean that our existence here on earth is completely and totally universal.

Modernist writers Virginia Woolf and James Joyce show me their world of determining who you are in a broken, changing world. The experiences of Buchi Emecheta and Ama Ata Aidoo show me their world of being African and the trials they endured. John D. Fitzgerald, just as much as F. Scott Fitzgerald, shows me a world of what it can mean to be American, of struggling in the American West or with the American dream. And there’s a beauty in that adventure, that universal search of what it means to be human.

One of my favorite books is Viktor E. Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning

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Katie serves as secretary for the English Society