Hello to all you literature lovers! I’m Jullianne Bigueras, but you can call me Jules or refer to my username. Spring 2019 was my first official semester here at SIUE, and it was a time of many firsts for me, including experiencing my very first winter. I’m glad I survived my first cold season!
Although this year is my first here at SIUE, I’ve been in college for three years now. I transferred from a community college in my island home, Saipan. If you don’t know what and where that place is, it’s a US territory several minutes away from Guam but part of the island archipelago known as the Northern Marianas Islands. Saipan is a beautiful island about 14 miles long and 7 miles wide, with a tropical season year-round, coconut trees galore, and stunning sunsets.
Since I made a commitment to stay here in Illinois for a year, my summer plans don’t include going home. The next couple of weeks will instead consist of me completing online courses, starting on the fitness journey that I swore to myself I’d start in January, visiting some friends in Chicago, and hanging out with my roommates in my apartment.
So, to get right into it, here’s the deal: I love reading. Reading has taken up exponential amounts of time in my teenage years, so much so that I’ve been chastised by my parents and siblings for burying my nose in a novel instead of participating in events they deemed more important at the time. Although I love reading, I have a specific taste. I don’t always enjoy reading the classics or anything part of the literary canon; I love reading fiction; and I’m drawn to young adult fiction (hence my participation in this course).
I prefer being in a traditional classroom setting, but I’ve taken online classes before. With this class specifically, I’m expecting frequent dynamic discussions and thought-provoking conversations with all of you. I expect that we’ll get into the nuts and bolts of the literature we peruse, have spirited debates over our perspectives, but do it all in the spirit of fun and passion for reading. For an online class, it does mean staying plugged in more often than I’d like, but it helps to move our discussions forward.
I’m looking forward to getting to know all of you and hearing your ideas as we begin the semester!