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Major of the Month: Morgan Poepping

This future teacher currently works as a DJ
October 19, 2017

Major Morgan Poepping dj-ing a local dance

Major Morgan Poepping dj-ing a local dance
Major--and DJ--Morgan Poepping, recipient of a 2017-18 Captain Dewitt Jennings Payne Scholarship

Year: Senior
Hometown: Beloit, Wisconsin

Why did you choose to major in English?

I've always loved literature and the infinite messages and themes found within it. I decided to go down the education path in order to show students the beauty of literature and how they can use it to better understand the world.

What has been your favorite part of your experience in the department?

There are so many courses and topics within the department that allow you to take your knowledge about English to new levels and approach it from different angles. I took a class called The Original Walking Dead that was all about undead creatures in literature. That's just one example.

"Literature and Music was
an awesome class that
connected literature with
some of my favorite music."

Are you pursuing any majors, minors, internships, or fields of interest outside your English major? How do you feel they interact with or enhance your study of English and/or your career plans?

I'm minoring in African-American studies. I plan on using the minor to teach about race and racial studies through literature.

I've been a DJ for the past 2 years. I play predominately rap and electronic music. I've played shows all over campus, and I played my first festival at Apple River this summer. I put all of my music up on soundcloud, so it's accessible for anyone to listen to for free. I just picked up a new job, working at Vans. Now, I spend a lot of time talking to people about sneakers and skateboarding culture (I also try to skateboard as much as I can during my free time). I spent the past three summers working at Phantom Lake YMCA Camp in Mukwonago, Wisconsin. I was a counselor my first two summers, but this year I worked as a director of the Staff Development Program, which helps counselors-in-training improve in leadership and potentially work at camp in the future. Definitely the best and most fun job I've ever had.

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

Anything with lecturer Ann Tandy-Treiber. She's dope. For non-majors, Literature and Music was an awesome class that connected literature with some of my favorite music.

Best book or movie you've read/seen recently?

Right now I'm reading The Rap Yearbook, which focuses on the most influential hip hop/rap song from every year and discusses how it helped shape hip hop.