Double major in English Literature and Sociology
Senior, Class of May 2014
Did you start your college experience at Murray State or did you transfer from another school?
I came as a freshman to Murray State from Sacred Heart Academy in Louisville, KY.
Why did you choose Murray State?
I chose Murray State because I wanted the experience of going to school a few hours away from home, but I also didn’t want to lose my KEES money by leaving the state of Kentucky. Coming to Murray allowed me to accomplish both. Because of my ACT score and high school GPA, I also received a very generous scholarship package. Financially, Murray State was the most affordable college that I was considering.
Are you involved in any extra-curricular activities?
I’m a student mentor with Project Mentor, and I tutored Spanish for three years. I’m in the Honors Program, and I’m also a member of the Sociology Club.
What is the most interesting thing you have learned about yourself while being a student at Murray State?
I’ve learned that I’m more of a leader than I ever realized I could be. My classmates can tell that I put a lot of time and effort into my papers and assignments, so they often ask me to edit their papers and help them brainstorm ideas. Some of my professors even give me the opportunity to help them with their own research, because they know I’m dependable and always up for a new project. Ultimately, during my time at Murray State, I’ve realized the value of my own ideas, and that I should never doubt the significance of what I can contribute.
What has been your biggest challenge in making the change from high school to university life and how have you dealt with it?
One of my biggest challenges in coming to college as a freshman was discovering how much free time that college students have outside of class. You’re really only in class for three hours a day, so it was easy and tempting to spend that free time just hanging out. However, you soon realize that you can’t forget to do your homework and that you have to sleep. It’s easy to get run down or behind in school if you’re not careful. That’s why I decided in my second semester of freshmen year that I was going to become an organized person. I bought a planner and started planning out my days on a schedule and developed a routine. I’ve never looked back since.
What do you like about your major? Have you learned anything unique at Murray State?
By studying English literature and sociology, I’ve learned how to think critically about abstract concepts and real world issues. In addition to reading many novels, textbooks, and academic articles, I’ve been able to explore topics that interest me in my own research papers. The process of using research to develop my own ideas further is my favorite part of both my majors, and my professors have always taken an active role in guiding my research. With the help of one of my English professors, an essay that I wrote, “Breaching the Boundaries of Traditional Essay Writing,” was accepted for publication in an undergraduate journal. I’ve also had the opportunity to present my own sociological research at the Anthropologists and Sociologists of Kentucky Conference two years in a row. Overall, I’ve had great relationships with all of my English and sociology professors, and I believe that their guidance and devotion has been the number one reason why I’ve been so successful.
What are your career plans after graduation?
After graduation, I am attending the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law to pursue my law degree.