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Past English majors share their best moments at St. Ambrose, including memories of specific writing exercises and creative writing skills that became useful in unexpected ways.

In Their Own Words

Emily Clifton '07, '11 MSW
Vera French, Staff Therapist in Children's Outpatient

Pat Connelly took the time to supervise an independent study in playwriting while Barb Pitz spent hours with me and others preparing applications for Fulbright – both things that weren't part of their job title, but that they took on for me, the student.

I also got so much out of the creative writing program run by Carl Herzig, both in classes and through the literary magazine Quercus; he started where we, the writers, were and challenged us to be better: being insightful and honest about how we could improve.

stacyStacy Bloom '99
Website Manager, Marketing
United Healthcare

I transferred from a state school to SAU my sophomore year, and I was blown away by the individual attention that I received in the English program.

Stephanie Olson '11
Campbell University
Coordinator for Academic Support Services

The writing and critical thinking experiences I learned as an English and Writing major made me prepared to think outside the box and easily compose an essay or paper, when I saw my fellow classmates significantly struggle with writing in graduate school.

Mary Madormo '13
Marketing Coordinator

In most of my English courses, we did not just read stories but completely absorbed them – from acting out scenes to group discussions, the classes were very engaging.

davidDavid Banash '93
Professor of Contemporary Literature, Film, and Popular Culture
Western Illinois University

"he faculty in English at Ambrose created a culture of intense study, and they inspired us to become better, more ambitious students. They worked with us in small classes and one-on-one as we read widely in both classics and contemporary literature and learned how to express what we thought in lucid and graceful prose.

sarah wurstSarah Wurst '11
Food Justice Intern/Community Organizer/Chaplain
The Abundant Table Farm Project

Highlights of my four years include editing Quercus, reading Shakespeare in Nancy Hayes's class, reciting Chaucer with a group to Sr. Joan and taking a night class on Victorian Lit. with Sr. Joan. I still think very fondly of 3rd floor Ambrose and miss the warm, supportive, and rich learning environment. Everything in my life has been enhanced by a love of storytelling, creativity, reading, critical thinking, and writing.