Hometown(s): Baltimore, Maryland-- currently, and I love city life, but I spent most of my life in Mt. Airy, Maryland, a small, rural, very rural, community. I’ve also lived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and (though for only brief bits of time) in Huntington Beach, California and Houston, Texas.
Class Year: 2012
Major: English. I came to Amherst, admittedly, with little notion of my “right-fit” major-- Physics? Art History? Math? History?-- but, through the grace of the open curriculum and the guidance of some incredible professors, I have settled into exactly what I should be doing. I look forward to my homework everyday (wow, that sounds nerdy, whatever). You’ll hear me talk more about the English Department throughout my blog entries, considering I work and volunteer for it.
Current Course Schedule:
-Latin 02 Intermediate Latin. Professor Luca Grillo
-German 10 Advanced Composition and Conversation. Professor Heidi Gilpin
-English 42 Reading and Criticizing Novels. Professor William Pritchard
-English 98 Special Topics: The Canterbury Tales. Independent reading under guidance of Professor Ingrid Nelson
Fall 2010 Course Schedule:
-English 95 The Lyric. Professors David Sofield and Richard Wilbur (US Poet Laureate)
-English 38 Major English Writers I. Professor William Pritchard
-English 33 Chaucer's Shorter Poems. Professor Ingrid Nelson
-Latin 01 Introduction to Latin. Professor Luca Grillo.
-Research Intern for Associate Professor of English Anston Bosman
The bonds that inherently develop between professors and students in the Amherst community have granted me an internship with one of my favorite professors. Job tasks? There are many, many too many: research, editing bibliographies, sending e-mails, tedious office tasks, event advertisement, organizing his mess of an office. But, it’s more than worth it.
-Member of the English Department Steering Committee
The steering committee consists of about ten English majors who have volunteered to work toward improving the English-major community, through events and gatherings; the relationships between faculty and students; and the accessibility of the department to the greater Amherst community, town and college, through outreach programs and greater online presence. Yes, that’s a bit ambitious, but we’re passionate enough to do it. We meet about once a week and work between meetings on various projects. Currently, I’m planning an English Department mixer to take place during pre-registration week this November.
-German Department Peer Tutor for German 01
I help students on a need-basis in order that they will establish control of their academic performance in the class. Introduction language courses don’t get a fair reputation (“oh, it’s intro!”)-- they’re hard, really hard. I’m happy to have the chance to help my fellow students through the long slog of learning another language.
-WAMH Amherst College Radio DJ
I’ve had a weekly radio show, Fresh Frootz, for the past two years, and it has been a real blast-- hanging out in the studio, relaxing to some new jams, getting to know other DJs, and spreading the gospel of independent music. The show mostly focuses on modern electronic music that has its roots in soul, funk, and disco. Tune in every Friday from 2 to 4 pm at wamh.amherst.edu.
Have any questions? Feel free to e-mail me: firstname.lastname@example.org