After enrolling in Dr. Nicosia’s Young Adult Literature (YAL) class last
year, I witnessed the implicit connection between enjoying YAL for
pleasure as a teenager and critically analyzing it as an adult. I am
receiving my Master of Arts in Teaching
as well as my Teaching
Certification in secondary level English. I have always loved YAL for
its innocence, individuality, and ability to mirror young adults’ lives,
and throughout my semester with Dr. Nicosia, I was able to expand that
appreciation while applying literary theory. I am now working on a piece
which I will be submitting to national literary scholastic journals
such as ALAN (The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents) and The Lion
and the Unicorn. I am a writer in my spare time, but I have never had
the confidence to submit an academic piece. I have really grown so much
during my time at MSU, which was a surprise to me, since I am
thirty-three years old and I believed that my growing years were over.
Just goes to show, there is always room for growth. Not only has an
upcoming graduate degree allow me many more open doors in my life, it
has allowed me to test my intellectual and academic range. After I
graduated college, I did not think that I would attempt furthering my
education. Now, I'm thinking about Post-Master's work. I like pushing
myself to the edge and seeing how much I can accomplish, and I feel as
though I have achieved that.
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