Caitlyn Shipp '21

Where do you call home?

Eden Prairie, Minnesota

What are you major(s)/minor(s)?

Double Major English and Theology

Why did you decide to major in the English Department?

I decided to major in English because of my love for creative writing. English teaches you critical thinking skills, how to write effective summaries, make persuasive arguments, and communicate your ideas. All these skills are transferable to any future career, whether in the field of English or not. As well as being a theology major, communicating in precise language is key when making theological arguments. Double majoring strengthened me in theology, aiding my future career goals.

What has been your favorite English Department class? Why?

My top three favorite classes I've taken in the English Department have been, Haunted Americas taught by Yvette South, Creative Writing Poetry and Fiction taught by Jessica Harkins, and World Literature taught by Christina Tourino. These wonderful women brought creativity to the class room, from putting on a mock trial for one of the characters in the book, to fashion designing characters' outfits with words, and performing the plays we read. These classes brought the stories to life and stand out in my memories over last four years.

What advise do you have for other English students?

Each professor has unique advice to give when it comes to revising/editing. I developed a page in Word where I kept all their revising/editing advice. When it came to paper revisions, all I had to do was pull out the sheet, using it as a check list. I highly recommend taking Writing in Business with John Kendall (another amazing professor) to further develop your editing skills. Not only was the class super fun, but it significantly improved my writing.