Amanda K. Stinemetz (2006)
Assistant Director of ESL Program
Over the last two years, my English degree has proven to be substantially beneficial to me in my career endeavors. It provided me the opportunity to pursue careers in Library Science, Advertising and Editing, Education, and ESL (English as a Second Language), to name a few. In addition to these career opportunities, my degree in English also provided me with the option to work in the United States, or to work abroad in several different countries. My knowledge of the English language (understanding, applying, using, and teaching the language) was enhanced and sharpened by the FHSU English Department; the department successfully equipped me with the competitive edge required to obtain this position.
Diane Polifka (2008)
Lead Transportation Security Officer
Transportation Security Administration
Determination, time-management, and supportive instructors were what pushed me through to graduation. My fear of the younger students was quickly relieved; we were all reaching for the same goal. The skills learned at FHSU that have been most helpful are the ability to paraphrase, take notes, think critically, and listen to the opinions and observations of others. The discussions about literature provided a collaborative effort to reach a more mature understanding of a work. That has been extremely useful in working on a team to reach a greater understanding of the subtleties and nuances of individual airports, so that we can make suggestions that will improve their working environments. The FHSU class sizes are small enough to receive individual instruction and students and instructors are diverse. People of any age, gender, nationality, etc. are embraced into the community. Traveling to England on the study abroad program was educational and memorable. More memorable than that though, was the day-to-day camaraderie with everyone within the English Department at FHSU. The students even convinced me to move into the twenty-first century and join Facebook so that we could stay in touch.
Jessie Irvin (2008)
Wichita State University
At FHSU, I was a member of the Society of Physics Students, serving as Secretary and Vice President, and was inducted into Sigma Pi Sigma and Sigma Tau Delta. During the summer after my sophomore year, I went to another university for an internship in condensed matter physics, through the Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (SUROP). My English and Physics backgrounds, as well as my interest in technical writing, helped me get a summer position at Brooks-City Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, in 2007. I worked in the Scientific and Technical Information Office. While all my English classes were invaluable to me, here is an example of a class that really made a difference: Writing for Publication and Writing for the Popular Press introduced me to the publishing world, and provided me with so much useful information about how to submit material, write cover letters, and ultimately get published (I'm still working on that last part).
Krystal Baugher (2006)
I am working on a Master's in Women and Gender Studies and a Master's in Writing, and am in a band called Pervertable Tongues. I also work at the Chicago Tribune where I write recruitment ads and obituaries. I would say that my academic experiences at FHSU have helped to give me a strong foundation in both academic fields, in the sense that all of my professors were not only knowledgeable about their subjects, but also supportive of me as an individual. During my time at FHSU I worked on the newspaper and magazine staffs, I was active in the theater program, and I was a member of STD, English Club, and the 10% gay-straight Alliance. These events gave me a chance to become invested, not just in making myself a well-rounded individual, but a part of the community. Looking back now, and understanding that though the school isn't large and is virtually in the middle of nowhere, the faculty and staff want you to truly succeed and they will do all they can to help. It really has nothing to do with how "affordable" the tuition is, it has to do with the amount of effort put in by the faculty and of course, by the students. I would recommend the FHSU English department to anyone questioning their educational future.
Tom Elliott (2004)
Since graduating I have put my FHSU English degree to several very rewarding uses. In 2005-2006, I served for a year as a grant writer in Americorps*VISTA. I also have written and edited articles in a nationally distributed sports magazine, and most recently, I have been putting my education to use in teaching English at a Chinese university. The skills and values that I learned at FHSU have proven valuable in more ways than I can list, and the connections that I made with the English faculty and my fellow students are something I will carry with me for a lifetime. The supportive and extremely knowledgeable faculty, the challenging yet enjoyable courses, the high-tech and comfortable facilities, and the immersive university environment all combined for an experience that has made me extremely proud to call FHSU my alma mater.