As a Schreyer Honors College student and a Paterno Fellow, I am no stranger to Pattee/Paterno Library at Penn State University Park. My academic pursuits have led me through the canon of English literature, taken me overseas to London (for the record, Senate House Library is nowhere near as cozy at Pattee/Paterno), and sparked my interests in sexuality and gender studies. Below are two samples of my academic work in literature and sexuality studies. (Please click “View this document on Scribd” to view a larger screen containing each document.)
BLOOMSBURY ERA LITERATURE
I wrote the following essay for a course I took during my London study abroad experience, called “The Bloomsbury Era,” taught by Marianne Williamson. I was fortunate enough to study at the IES Abroad Center, which was located in historical Bloomsbury. During class we took walking tours of the area, and once visited the neighborhood of Hampstead, where we passed D. H. Lawrence’s former home. One of his famous novels, Women in Love, is incredibly long and can be frustrating at times. However, I have read it in a previous Penn State class as well as abroad, and the novel is dear to my heart. My essay discusses the relationship of two protagonists: Rupert Birkin and Gerald Crich.
SEXUALITY & GENDER STUDIES
I minor in Sexuality and Gender Studies, a subject which has grown into a passion. I first explored sexuality classes during the spring of my sophomore year in a Queer Literature course, and I was hooked. Since then, I have taken 24 credits of sexuality and gender courses, and I have been trained as a Straight Talks panelist. Straight Talks is a Penn State program that sends LGBTQ students and allies into classrooms to educate their peers and answer questions about a variety of LGBTQ issues. The following paper was written for HDFS 250, Sexuality Throughout the Life Span. The course was taught by local State College psychologist, Dr. Kathy Bieschke. During our course, each student chose an LGBTQ community to explore. I studied the queer community and wrote my final paper about academic queer theory and the involvement of heterosexual scholars.