Senior Profile: Ashley Boucher

May 22nd, 2014 § 0

Ashley Boucher, from Beaverton, Oregon, is majoring in creative writing, focusing in non-fiction, and minoring in French. Though it took her a while to find her major, she settled on English because she always got good grades in this area (improving her graduate school options) and had always enjoyed English and literature.  Ashley says she is minoring in French because “Je suis francais and I love the culture and language.”

Since her time at Seattle Pacific University, her favorite classes have been Elements of Narrative with Dr. VanZanten because it is a chance to get into the “nitty-gritty”  of story-telling and Shakespeare with Dr. Reinsma because of the emotion and–“what else?–tension” created by the plays.

Outside school, you will probably find Ashley dancing, which she has been doing since she was 12.  For her, Ashley says, dancing “is a release, like writing can be, and I definitely could not live without it.”  Her dream job would be as traveling yoga instructor, writing about yoga retreats, and later editing either a fashion or a dance magazine, so she plans to move back to Portland  for the first step in that direction: training to be a yoga instructor.

Her advice to students, “It is important to balance being a student with being a person, which is surprisingly easy to do.”  She also recommends taking advanced grammar and to study abroad as many times as possible.  “Now is the time to go.  So GO!”

 

Senior Profile: Kelly McKindley

May 12th, 2014 § 0

Kelly McKindley

Kelly McKindley is a senior English literature major who will argue that Taylor Swift is brilliant, saying, “I have my reasons.”  Coming from Monroe, WA, she was intrigued by literature classes in high school and wondered why people study writing, read books, and so forth, which inspired her to study English and try to find the answer.  Four years later, she says she is still trying to answer that question.  “I really enjoyed the essay class with Dr. Chaney. It was the first class I took in studying a particular writing style and I thought the essays we read were a lot of fun. I think that studying Montaigne really encouraged me to be more free and creative in how I think/what I write about too; he invented a writing style, so it kind of made me think, ‘what the hell, there are no rules.’”  During her time at SPU, her most memorable time was when she traveled to Spain and Morocco.  Kelly hopes to change “people’s lives with [her] charming sense of humor.”  For incoming students she says, “Be kind. Be generous. Meet new people. Try new things. Have fun. Go new places. Go to a different country. Live outside the box [. . .] or, in the words of Ms. Frizzle, ‘Take chances, make mistakes, get messy!’”

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