English Major Spotlight: Katelyn Strother

Interested in education, this major is pursuing a minor in Teaching English as a Second Language
Young woman with dark brown hair and light skin smiles in front of a dark blurred background wearing a grey sweater.

Year: Senior
Hometown: Twin Lakes, WI

Why did you choose to major in English? 

I have always loved reading and learning about history, so English was a perfect combination of both. Truthfully, I never considered a different major because English felt so natural. Inspired by my past teachers, I plan to use my degree to continue on a path in education.

Are you pursuing any majors, minors, internships, or interests outside your English major?

I am pursuing a minor in Teaching English as a Second Language which has given me the opportunity to volunteer in adult education classes. Outside of my class work, I work for the U of M Youth Programs planning and preparing for our summer camps. This role has introduced me to outdoor and recreational education where kids are learning through play and exploration. As an aspiring educator, I try to spend as much time as possible in different learning environments to learn as much as I can before entering into my career.  

What is a favorite book you read for an English class?

The Marrow of Tradition by Charles Waddell Chesnutt exceeded all my expectations, and I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in American history. I read it for ENGL 3006 "American Literatures and Cultures II."

What English course would you recommend for majors? For non-majors who want to take an English class?

For both English and non-English majors, I have to recommend ENGL 3025 "The End of the World in Literature and History" with Professor John Watkins. Professor Watkins' excitement for the topic and for our questions made me excited to attend each class. 

What is your favorite thing about Pillsbury Hall?

My favorite thing about Pillsbury is the undergraduate study room. It’s a comfortable, quiet place to study.

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