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Meet Michaela Hotham, of New Gloucester, Maine: Writing Center tutor and creative writer. When she graduates from Saint Joseph’s College in 2014 with an English degree, Michaela will be well prepared for her next journey in life as a writer or graduate student thanks to her work in and outside of class at Saint Joseph’s.

Why did you decide to become an English major?

I decided to become an English major simply because I love the subject. I love to read, but I especially love to write. I also enjoy dissecting and analyzing the contents of a novel or other writings. The teachers at my high school encouraged and helped me to develop these skills, and my professors at Saint Joseph’s are continuing this process.

When you reflect on the English classes you’ve taken, what stands out to you the most?

I have loved every professor I have had. The English faculty are extremely knowledgeable and are always looking out for the best interests of not only English majors, but all students. The professors of the English department push us to be our best but at the same time offer a helping hand when needed.

Any class with Dr. McCurry is always interesting. She has a special way of keeping people focused. I've always enjoyed being in her class regardless of the material being taught.

How will your English degree inform your future?

I am thinking of writing for a newspaper or pursuing graduate school when I graduate from Saint Joseph’s. I want to have a career as a writer.

Does being a writing tutor help you toward this goal?

Yes, being a writing tutor keeps me on my toes and makes me have to work on material I may not fully understand. While I am helping others, I am also helping myself by refining my skills or learning something new.

How can the Writing Center benefit students?

Even if someone is an excellent writer, it is always great to have someone else look at your paper. Sometimes we get so caught up in our own writing that what we read will make sense to us but not to others. Other people can pick up on errors a person has missed or offer a different perspective on an aspect of the paper.