Hurry up and wait… by katzb
10.31.09, 7:59 am
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That’s about how I feel right now.

Throughout the first six weeks of school, I spent every minute of free time applying to graduate school: updating my resume, filling in my basic info, and sending transcripts from every school I’ve ever attended. I chased down professors and former bosses for letters of recommendation, and tried to convey what I want to do with my life in a statement of purpose.

Although I am a Journalism major, sometime recently I decided that is not what I really want to do. I’ve applied to a few graduate schools for my Master’s of Arts in Teaching for middle grades (4-8) in English and Social Studies. I have enough required courses from my English minor and some sociology, history and political science classes.

I’ve realized that I really enjoy working with younger students through my experience with Strong Women Strong Girls, tutoring, and my job at the Pittsburgh Young Leaders Academy. I often tell my younger sister, who is applying to colleges this year, that you won’t know what you really want to do until you are exposed to a few different areas in college. I never would have known that I like working with students so much if I had not gotten involved in different activities.

It really is true when people tell you that you can always change your mind. Even when you are one semester away from graduation…

I applied really early to undergrad, and was rewarded by hearing back from schools soon after. Because of this, I chose to work hard at the beginning of the school year to apply to a handful of school and get it out of the way. After weeks of reading and re-reading my essays and resume, and getting a million documents and test scores together, all I can do now is wait…



Narratio Service Project by x3erica1037


Today was the unofficial beginning of my learning community’s service project. (Shoutout to the Narratio kids!!) Last week, we all handed in papers about where we would ideally like to work in the publishing business, and today our professor, Dr. Sora, assigned us to groups of three to five people based on what we wrote. The groups represented departments in the editorial and production sides of a publishing company including Editorial Management, Reporters/Writers, and Arts and Technology.

I was put into the group of reporters and writers, so we will be working closely with Editorial Management, who will decide what they want us to actually write about. My group may even get to visit one of the senior centers in the area to do some interviews, which I think would be really fun. As of now, we’ve had the first meeting with our groups and learned a little bit about what each of us will be doing.

Our overall goal is to work together throughout the semester and eventually publish a book for the senior citizens of Pittsburgh. Since the senior citizens are a bit of a forgotten demographic in the media, Dr. Sora thought publishing something specifically for their age group would be a good way to incorporate service in with our focus on writing. I think they will be happy to meet with us and hopefully enjoy reading our finished project.

More updates about the project to come!


Milton conference this Friday by liberalartsduq
02.19.09, 6:18 am
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This Friday, Duquesne’s English Department is hosting a conference on John Milton:

Visionary Poetics Today:
New Visions of Milton andthe Romantics

Featuring: Brad Hollingshead (Medaille College)
Laura Knoppers (Penn State )
Keynote speaker, Joseph Anthony Wittreich, Jr.
(CUNY Graduate Center)
Where: The Duquesne Room, Duquesne Union
When: Friday, February 20, 3:00-5:30 pm
Free to the public! There will also be a reception
in the Duquesne Room beforehand, beginning at 2:15 pm.


Click here for more information, or call the English Department at (412) 396-6420