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Elizabeth Palmer: You can only figure out what you want if you participate.

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Photo provided by Elizabeth Palmer.

She graduated from Ball State in 2014.

She majored in English Studies, with a minor in digital media.

She worked as one of the English Department’s PR Interns, producing content for this very blog.

Today, Elizabeth Palmer tells us how she used her skills as an English major to secure a position at Coldwell Banker, a real estate company.


1. What I Learned as an English Major

Courses like Editing and Style helped me balance my writing voice with concise, coherent arguments.

I owe a lot of my growth as a writer to Amit Baishya, who, unfortunately, is no longer teaching at Ball State.

Learning to communicate effectively allowed me to showcase my other skills, like design and multimedia storytelling.

Opportunities at Ball State, like the Digital Media minor, helped me utilize my skills in more engaging educational settings. 

My Virginia B. Ball Center seminar (Strengthening Opinions about Animal Responsibility) also gave me an opportunity to thrive in an entirely new learning environment. 

To learn more about the Virginia Ball Center, click here.

 

I knew I wasn’t destined to be an English teacher (even though so many people told me I should be), and branching out into Ball State’s immersive learning projects allowed me to prove that.


2. Finding a job is hard, but not impossible

The last two months before graduation, I spent all my time providing sample work, researching, and interviewing for a job I was so sure I was going to get.

When the time of the interview came, I spent over two hours in the office meeting employees. I even spoke with the HR director and interviewed with the marketing manager.

I left that interview confident I’d secured a future at the company. I was so sure I wasn’t going to be one of those college graduates scrambling to find a job after graduation.

I was wrong. (more…)

Schrefer Poster Big Final

Award-winning young adult author coming to Ball State

Eliot Schrefer is the featured speaker of the Marilyn Cory Speaker Series for Spring 2015. He will speak on Tuesday, March 10 from 7-8 PM in Art and Journalism 175.

He is the author of Threatened and Endangered, which was a National Book Finalist (2012), one of NPR’s “Best of 2012” and an editor’s choice in the New York Times. He has also written other young adult novels, such as Glamorous Disasters, The School for Dangerous Girls (selected as “Best of the Teen Age” by New York Public Library), and The Deadly Sister (earning a starred review from Library Journal).

The title of his talk is “Getting Others Into View: Crossing the Lines Between Teen and Adult, and Human and Animal, in Young Adult Literature.” Eliot’s talk will center on boundary crossings and navigating borderlines, especially in the realm of young adult literature.  He will focus on discourse by and about adult and teen readers and writers, and how such discourse parallels the ways we discuss Africa and animal conservation.

Dr. Susanna Benko has been teaching Schrefer’s work in her ENG 414 Young Adult Literature course for a number of years, and the author has been visiting Ball State via Skype. Here’s a blog post by Blake Mellencamp about one of those virtual visits.