What a semester. Interviews with students from different tracks and departments, two published authors from WKU (and they haven’t graduated yet!), videos, and giant white squirrels. Like all good things, my internship has to come to an end.
My name is Jacky Killian, and I am an English major. I’m graduating on Saturday the 13th, 2014. This is my final finals week. I’m going to answer a few questions I frequently asked in my interviews with people throughout the semester. Continue reading →
Zach Puckett is a friend of mine, and we both happen to be graduating this Saturday. Zach is a film major with a concentration in TV production and interned at County Music Television (CMT) in summer of 2014. He shared with me some of his opinions on English and his experiences as a film major, intern, and student. Oh, and read on after the break for some fun movies Zach has made during his time at WKU!! (A good break from finals week blues.)
Zach Puckett: Film buff, Bender fan
Jacky Killian: How is English important to you as a film major?
Zach Puckett: With me having a creative writing minor also, really is more about film is about storytelling. Part of the reason why I took the creative writing minor was to make films and write films. English is a big deal with that because it includes grammar and story structure because with a lot creative writing classes I’ve taken, there’s been an emphasis on story structure. Beginning, middle, end, rising action. It’s something you need to learn, and you learn this in film but there’s so many parts of film that you need to learn that [storytelling] gets pushed to the wayside sometimes, so English makes up for it.
Jacky: What does it mean to be a film major?
Zach: Some people use film to make a statement or tell a story. Film is just another part of art. To me, it’s about the magic of making a movie. There are still stories to be made, and the production of a film itself can be interesting. It’s an interesting field that I enjoy a lot. It’s about the love of film; that’s what it means to be a film major. Continue reading →
Dr. Tom Hunley has been with WKU for twelve years. He obtained his doctorate in English with a Creative Dissertation at Florida State University, and minored in Composition Studies and Creative Writing Pedagogy. Dr. Hunley currently has two books under contract titled Plunk—a collection of poetry—and Creative Writing Pedagogies, that he co-edited with Alexandria Peary of Salem University.
Jacky Killian: What does it mean to be an English professor to you?
Dr. Tom Hunley: It means I have the best job in the world. I’m constantly re-invigorated when I see people fall in love with reading and writing, and it’s great to be able to view and sometimes facilitate that. Continue reading →
As English Majors, specifically us literature concentrations, a love for books is an essential part of who we are. I recently met someone who asked me to tell him about myself. As usual, I mentioned my go-to: I love to read. I hadn’t thought very much of this response till I considered the fact that this is the one answer I always respond with. In Spanish class: Me gusta leer. First days of class: My name is Katie Hanson and I love to read. This is such an important part of my personality. Think about how often you read and how many times you have used that fact as an indicator of your personality. The reading community is vast and varied, but one that is closely knit. The bogging site Thought Catalog is one I have bookmarked on my browser. They present a wide variety of authors, many of whom are avid readers. Here are some links to interesting articles for the literary type in each of us. While you are digesting your turkey this break, check out these blogs written by fellow readers and pass them on to others who share our passion.