Hello! My name is Katie. I’m an English major and a rhetoric and writing minor. I’m set to graduate in December and I just can’t believe I’m almost done! My plans for the summer are up in the air at the moment. I have a six month old (he’s the cutest ever) that I stay home with, so the majority of my summer will be spent hanging out with him; so far we’ve been to the zoo…A LOT. I’m a pretty big reader and I’ll basically read anything but my favorite genres are historical fiction and romance/fantasy. At the moment, I’m rereading A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness which is a trilogy and I highly recommend it! I’ve taken so many literature courses and probably half of them have been with Professor DeSpain. I’ve experienced many different teaching styles for literature courses as well and have found what works best for me. I’ve also taken a few lit courses online as well, also both with Professor DeSpain so I’m very familiar with the setup of this course and her expectations for the course.
An ideal student for an online course like this would be one that does more than the bare minimum. They take the time to engage with others in the comments with meaningful input rather than just making evaluative statements. they also should engage with the texts as much as possible to make discussions much more interesting.