A Letter From the Chair–Reading Lives

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This past year I read a lot. I roamed through a whole set of authors and topics: works by David Foster Wallace, James Ellroy, Daniel Woodrell, Frank Bill, Bonnie Jo Campbell, Jaimy Gordon,… Continue reading

The English Minor: How It Has Enhanced My Experience as a Liberal Arts and Sciences Major

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Upon commencement of my first semester at Western Illinois University-Quad Cities (WIU-QC), I found myself unprepared—the areas of study that would consume much of my time, money, and focus for the following two… Continue reading

A Shadow of a Doubt

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Somehow I snuck my way into a graduate program halfway through the school year and nobody’s noticed yet that I don’t actually belong here. I’ve been told over and over again that what… Continue reading

Music First…Safety Last

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The lights fade in the Sandburg Theatre on David Drazin, an acclaimed silent-film pianist. On September 24, 2013 under the orange glow by the grand piano, David Drazin began to accompany the silent… Continue reading

Extra-curricular Involvement in Higher Education: Be Actively Involved in Your Learning

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“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” —Benjamin Franklin “My résumé is full. Too full—I can’t fit any more lines on one page, but… Continue reading

I’m Nobody! Who are you? Are you – Nobody – too?

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I’m Nobody! Who are you? Are you – Nobody – too? Then there’s a pair of us! Don’t tell! they’d advertise – you know! How dreary – to be – Somebody! How public… Continue reading

On a 50 Degree Day in the Middle of February

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My boyfriend and I play a game in the winter called “Spot the UGGs,” where we count all the pairs of UGG boots we see every day – whoever sees the most wins.… Continue reading

Nicole Hagstorm Schmidt’s Path Through the English Grad Program

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  Nicole Hagstorm Schmidt is currently a graduate student at Western Illinois University as well as an English 180 teacher for undergraduate students. She is well known among the students in the graduate program and… Continue reading

What’re You Gonna Do With That?

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When I tell my friends and family that I am in graduate school attempting to get my Master’s Degree in English, without fail, they always ask, “What’re you gonna do with that?” After… Continue reading

University of Iowa, Special Collection Job Shadow: A Reflection

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 About two years ago, I made the conscious decision to declare myself as an English major for my undergraduate degree.  More recently, I made the decision to continue my education at some point by… Continue reading