~from intern Haley Huffman
What’s your name? Your major? When do you expect to graduate?
Geneva McCarthy. I’m an English Major concentrating in Literature and Creative Writing with a Minor in Linguistics and Culture. I’ll be graduating next Spring. Finally. It’s taken me – I can’t believe I’m going to say this – 30 years!
How do you spend most of your time in Eddy Hall?
At the moment, most of my time in Eddy is spent in the Writing Center, but I’ve often been found in the computer lab, meeting with professors, or taking classes here – Eddy is a bit like the bat cave for English majors, it seems to me.
Favorite English class or teacher?
I planned this semester well, so pretty much all my classes are my favorite. That is, Native American Cultural Expressions, Development of the English Language (I’m learning how to read and speak Old and Middle English), Shakespeare, and British Romanticism.
What’s your favorite book, poem, quote, lyric, genre? Who is your favorite author?
Poem: “Ode to Autumn” by John Keats – a most constant companion. I’m immensely fond of Emerson, too. (Yes, I split infinitives and estrange auxiliaries.) There are scores more worth mention, of course, but these are essential wellsprings.
If you were to give advice to incoming CSU English majors, what would it be?
Be bold in exploring your passion, be open to new vision, and be generous to others and to yourself.
What’s your biggest goal, priority right now?
In practical terms, keeping up with daily demands and applying to Graduate programs; in a more ephemeral realm, broadening my command of voice and register.