Well here goes Part 2 of introducing y’all to your new bloggers:
As you can see, my name is Kiersten, and it is pronouced KEER-sten. Not KUR-stin or KRIS-tin or even HOUS-ton (thanks Starbucks!). I’m a senior from Owensboro, KY with a double major in English with a Professional Writing concentration and Spanish.
I’m the middle child of three brothers and one sister. My family loves spending time together, no matter if we’re swimming in Lake Tahoe or rewatching a Disney movie at home. Although tennis is the only sport I still play regularly, I love basketball, football, and volleyball; I’m still working on understanding soccer; and I’ve just been introduced to hockey. Whether its on the court, Trivia Crack, or just life in general, I can get pretty competitive.
I also adore traveling. My family instilled this love in me when I was younger going to Colorado, Virginia, Hawaii, and California. I took it a bit further and studied abroad in Spain for a semester during my sophomore year and in Northern Europe this past summer. There is no better way to learn the history, culture, and language of a place than by experiencing it first-hand. Fun fact: my family collects magnets and mugs from the places that we visit. That way, every time we look at the refrigerator or go for a cup of coffee (or in my case, hot chocolate), we can remember all of the great experiences that we had in those places.
As far as English-y things go, I’ve pretty much always been a reader. In elementary school, I was one of those kids who always had a new book and made it a game to see how quickly I could read. I even tried to write several books when I was younger, one of which would have been called “What Your Kids Aren’t Telling You: As Told by a Kid,” but I ran out of steam. In high school, I knew that I loved language so I thought I could spread the written word through journalism, but 6 weeks interning for a local paper killed that dream. During my senior year, Jennifer Bradbury spoke to my class, describing her life as an author working with a publishing house. When she spoke of the role of her editor, I knew that was what I wanted to do so I chose Professional Writing as my concentration within English.
Because I’m so close to graduation, I’m excited to see where my degree can take me. Writing for the blog allows me to practice my skills on a medium that is so popular in today’s ever-changing technological world, and I can see why. But whether I end up as a professional blogger, senior editor of a publishing company, or a stay-at-home mom, I know that English will continue to be a part of my life forever.