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To show what it's really like to be an English major at Bethany, we asked five English students a few questions. Read on to hear from Baylee, Gena, Rachel, Eileen, and Lydia.


Which English course has been the most interesting to you?

“I really liked Intro to Fiction with Dr. Hanna. I think this is a good course for those who aren’t English majors too because it offers up a wide array of literature for students to see what they really like. Also, Dr. Hanna classes are just super fun in general.”
- Baylee Amy
“The course I found most interesting was Advanced Writing with Professor Czer. I'd never given much thought to writing novels before that class, but the class convinced me that it would be fun to do in my future.”
- Gena Chester
“My favorite English course thus far has been Romantic and Victorian lit with Dr. Hanna. I learned so much about the time period in that class, and Dr. Hanna is always fun.”
- Rachel Skaaland
“Modern European Literature was absolutely my favorite English course. Dr. Lars creates a wonderful classroom environment that fosters critical thinking beyond anything I thought I was capable of doing. The material you read through and discuss in that course is dense, intellectual text but it is absolutely worth the work.”
- Lydia Grabau

 

What activities are you involved with outside of the classroom?

"The opportunities I have here are abundant, and they will look great on my job applications. Being president of Sigma Tau Delta is helping me develop my leadership skills while allowing me to create new friendships with people that share my passion for literature. The opportunity to work as a teaching aid for Bethany's English department is a huge eye opener to what I will be facing out of college.”
- Gena Chester
"I am involved with band, choir, jazz band, Choraliers, Scholastic Leadership Society, Bethany Writers Group, Sigma Tau Delta, and I work in the writing center. Trying to balance all these activities has taught me the value of organization and using my time wisely. I have learned things from every organization or activity I have participated in; trying new things is never a waste of time.”
- Eileen Heintz

 

What has been the most challenging or rewarding aspect of your time at Bethany?

"For me, the most rewarding thing is the feeling after you complete something that you didn't think you'd be able to get through...that moment where you can just sit back, sigh, and say "I'm done."”
- Baylee Amy
"The most rewarding aspect is the Christian atmosphere, hands down. It is a blessing to be able to grow as a Christian and as an intellectual with a group of peers that support your faith.”
- Rachel Skaaland
"The most rewarding aspect is the knowledge I've gained in and out of the classroom. Often, classes surprise me with fascinating information, and I love to talk with others about the things I've learned because often they bring a new perspective or make a connection I did not see.”
- Eileen Heintz
"The most challenging aspect for me has been balancing everything that I want to do so that I'm giving each class and professor the level of attention they deserve. Finding that balance is one of the most rewarding aspects of college. I'm currently in the middle of a very stimulating semester with a couple really tough classes. Those moments where everything clicks and you see all of the crossovers in the classes you are taking makes this liberal arts education worthwhile.”
- Lydia Grabau

 

Tell us about the Bethany faculty members.

"I've never had a problem going to any of my profs with questions about class, projects, or life in general.”
- Baylee Amy
"The professors here are completely welcoming. More than that, they genuinely care about my success.”
- Gena Chester
"The faculty and staff members at Bethany are wonderful. Whenever I have needed something from a professor they have taken the time to meet with me on a personal level to help me with a class or even a personal issue. They are always there to listen and help work through problems, no matter how small.”
- Rachel Skaaland
"The Bethany faculty is full of wonderful people who are not only intelligent teachers and thinkers but also compassionate, Christ-centered human beings. I have found my professors to be fantastic mentors who never hesitate to listen to my thoughts, frustrations, and fears, all while enhancing my spiritual and academic life.”
- Lydia Grabau

 

What is the best thing about being an English major at Bethany?

"I've enjoyed all of the English courses, but most of all I'm really thankful for the community. The members of our honor society, Sigma Tau Delta, have formed a tight-knit group with a great atmosphere, and it's a lot of fun. It's also nice to have people at the ready who are willing to proofread and give feedback to both academic papers and personal creative writing. And finally, when it comes to writing that senior thesis, it's good to know that there are people who are going through the exact same process that you are, so you can help each other along the way.”
- Baylee Amy
"Its versatility. I can be in Literary Theory discussing one of Derrida's theories and in the next moment we'll be discussing psychology or mass media. For those who love to learn, the English major is the perfect fit.”
- Gena Chester
"Hanging out with Dr. Lars in class. I've learned so much from him and I've really
enjoyed it."
- Rachel Skaaland
"Dr. Lars.”
- Lydia Grabau

 

What are your career aspirations and future goals?

"I'm aiming for a job in marketing or public relations in which I can utilize both my English major and my communication major.”
- Baylee Amy
"I want to work in publishing. I don't care if I'm in editing or sales, or even the intern getting everyone coffee. Books have always been a close part of my life. I want to have a hand in making them so that I can provide people with the same wonderful pieces of literature that have been provided to me.”
- Gena Chester
"After I graduate I plan on attending grad school for a masters in communication and critical media studies. Ideally, I would like to work with social media and publishing, but the future is vast and there are so many opportunities out there!”
- Rachel Skaaland
"From the moment I first realized that real people write books, I wanted to be one of them. Since then, I have been preparing myself to be an author by reading everything I could get my hands on and practicing and polishing my writing skills. More recently I have explored the possibility of sharing my love of reading, writing, and yes, even grammar with high schoolers. “
- Eileen Heintz
"I plan to work in professional theatre and pursue a graduate degree in lighting design.”
- Lydia Grabau