The Foreign Language of Professionalization

Professionalization has always been a scary word to me. Its a concept that has felt foreign and out of reach. It is something I almost walked out of my college career avoiding. Almost. I am forever thankful that I didn’t. Instead I  stumbled into a course that taught me more in a condensed two-week period…

Liberal Arts at Work – because we do have to work

Enrolling in “Liberal Arts at Work” was a little scary for me. But after a while, hearing from literally everyone and their brother “what do you want to do?” overshadows the fear of finding a job so here I am – acknowledging the future and actually enjoying it! If you are someone who finds themselves…

The Harm of Focus They Won’t Tell You in School

Self-Deprecation is a Far Subtler Force than I Realized. It’s something I utilized as a humbling tactic, a way to make myself more approachable to others, and as a way to avoid becoming arrogant. But somewhere along the line I bought into the narrative of “you’re not good enough,” “you’re not impressive” – “you’re not…

Final Thoughts on Liberal Arts at Work

I took this course for most of the reasons I suspect everyone else took it: they didn’t like teaching. Or they didn’t like the idea of being a scholar of one particularly narrow subject and constantly finding something new to say about it. Or maybe they weren’t sure what they could do with an English…

Professional Poet or Poet, Professional?

I joined The Open Mouth Reading Series’ Board of Directors in 2016. Molly Bess Rector and MD Myers, the series founders, invited me to join after I professed my affection for the style of the readings: a round of readers from the NWA region read poems by writers they love, followed by a featured traveling…

Who Am I and Where Do I Belong? — A Pinch of That

Part of the beauty of being a Liberal Arts major is you are allowed, and at times even expected to be a passionate person. However, being in what seems like a never ending academic setting you can easily get swept away in the monotony of the educational system. Unless stress, self-implosion, and sleepless nights excite […]…