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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