When you look up the word inspire, the dictionary defines it as- to fill with an animating, quickening, or exalting influence: His courage inspired his followers.
In the Fontbonne community I would have to say that Dr. Jason Sommer would be an inspiration to me. He’s my professor, my academic advisor, Department Chair of the English and Communication Department, and he’s a published poet.
After I’ve completed my BA here at Fontbonne University, my goal is to become a published writer. I’m currently enrolled in Advanced Creative writing which is being taught by Dr. Sommer. He’s the kind of frustrating inspiration especially when he sees capabilities in you that you don’t see within yourself. But he wouldn’t be the Dr. Sommer everyone has come to know if he didn’t push you to reach your full potential.
Another professor on my list would have to be Professor Margaux Sanchez; she’s a professor in the English and Communications department. She inspires me because, like me, she manages a home life/family, work and everything else. She’s also helped me reach new heights regarding my writing. Without her I wouldn’t know how to unclog my mind and thoughts when I’m suffering from writer’s block. She’s written for the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, and most recently, the St. Louis Beacon. She’s someone I look up to and has shown me how to become a better me through my writing.
There are many different classes offered at Fontbonne. I feel that any class you take will be difficult and challenging because it is all new information and you should want to challenge yourself. Right now, for me, my hardest class at the moment would have to be English 101. I say this because I don’t really like to read, and I am not a very good writer. Well, that is an issue for this class. This whole class is graded on writing about things you have read. We are graded on 3 essays and 3 response papers. So, basically 6 papers are our grade…. no tests or anything! Luckily I am carrying an A in it right now after 3 papers, and we just turned in a 4th paper, so we shall see!
To be a senior and reflect on the classes I’ve taken at the University…
My favorites? That’s easy!
1) Argumentation and Debate.
2) Intro to Literature
3) World Religions
5) Developmental Psychology.
Ahh…but nothing compares to my favorite!
The class I’ll miss most is Rhetorical Criticism.
Now, for those who have taken, or those who are currently in rhetoric, you probably think I have some screws loose. BUT, besides the essays, research, debates, and constant reading….rhetorical criticism was the best class ever!
It gave me a chance to look at history from a new perspective, and really understand how speech and communication has shaped our country’s timeline. It opened my eyes to how angles, words, speech and organization all work together to create persuasion and or encouragement.
I worked my tail off in that class though. I did more studying/preparation for the assignments in that class than I’d ever done before. My professor pushed me. My classmates encouraged me. I loved every minute….I will really miss that course.
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