Lincoln College

Undergraduate Catalog 2013-1014: Lincoln College

Alumni Spotlight: English

Derek Hurley, Class of 2009

Why did you choose this program/major?

I chose the English major for two reasons. One reason is I am terrible at math, to be honest. The other reason is because the English discipline connects so easy to history, philosophy, political science, any of the other liberal arts. I love these areas of study because I really enjoy a great debate concerning the hidden meaning of a piece of writing, be it a poem, a book, a play, or any other piece of writing.

Why did you choose to attend Lincoln College?

I attended Lincoln College because I have lived in Lincoln all of my life, and I actually really enjoy living here. I also wanted to stay close to my family, so it was kind of a no-brainer to attend Lincoln College. I also greatly prefer the smaller class sizes that LC has to offer. It gave me a chance to really get to know my professors and the other students.

What advice do you have for prospective Lincoln College students?

I would tell any prospective student to visit the campus before rendering judgment. Lincoln College is a great place to go to school. The town may be small and quiet (I consider that to be a good thing), but that’s no reason not to go.

Best Lincoln College memory?

My best memory would be working on my independent study with Karin Wright. I wrote an essay and gave a presentation on Cryptozoology, and I had a blast working on it and telling an audience about it.

Hannah Singleton, Class of 2013

Why did you choose this program/major?

I chose this major because I have a love of writing, and I am still in the process of developing a love for reading. I love to read, but I am picky about finding a book that holds my interest. Also, I have chosen Secondary English Education because of the wider range of literature that students can explore at a high school level.

Why did you choose to attend Lincoln College?

I chose to attend Lincoln College because of the campus, opportunity, and goals. Lincoln College’s campus is the perfect size that I was looking for in my first year of college. I also chose Lincoln College because I was offered a scholarship for cross country, track and field, to which I have been addicted since fifth grade. Lastly, I have found that Lincoln College helps me by providing small steps toward my success. By attending a junior college that is not very far from my hometown, I am allowed to explore my options before making any life-changing decisions.

What advice do you have for prospective Lincoln College students?

Advice that I would offer to students of Lincoln College and any other college student in general is to have a plan of organization and actually use your opportunities to test your academic or personal strengths. Students should stay open-minded toward the material being taught to them, and they should not hesitate to ask for assistance on assignments or lessons. Lincoln College students should always check the online learning system on which the instructors record grades, post assignments, and daily campus information.

Best Lincoln College memory?

This is only my first year attending Lincoln College, but my best memory is the overall experience of the college itself. I have personally enjoyed interacting with the students, coaches, and faculty.

Michelle Brawdy, Class of 2012

Why did you choose this program/major?

I chose my major because I absolutely fell in love with writing during my senior year of high school. My original major was going to be music, but writing came way more naturally than anything else. I have actually probably taken every single English class offered at this school. If I didn’t love writing so much, I definitely wouldn’t have made it through them all.

Why did you choose to attend Lincoln College?

I chose Lincoln College in Lincoln because I’ve lived in Lincoln, IL for my entire life. It was a great option for someone like me, who isn’t really ready to leave home yet.

What advice do you have for prospective Lincoln College students?

The best advice I can give them is to go in with a positive attitude and a desire to learn, because they will find a very good education being provided by the faculty here. Expect something very different from high school. Also, your professor is the only one who can tell you exactly what they mean, so do NOT be afraid to ask questions. Don’t be afraid to get involved! The school has some really great groups. There are all kinds of opportunities! We have Phi Theta Kappa: the Iota Chi chapter, the honor society at Lincoln. We have a LGTB club here, called PRIDE. It’s a support group. There are so many things to get involved in.

Best Lincoln College memory?

My best Lincoln College memory was probably one where I was enjoying a theatre program performed by the students. My best friend is an actor at LC, so I went to almost every single one of his performances. I especially remember “Much Ado About Nothing”. I saw that performance three times. Their acting was so wonderful, I couldn’t stop watching. I can almost swear that I didn’t blink once.