Quality Education in the Benedictine Tradition
In May of 2014, Jillian is finishing up her third term of teaching English as a Second Language in China and is preparing to begin her graduate work in International Studies at the University of Denver.
In her own words Jillian remarks, “I've been in Yuyao, Zheijiang Province for almost two years now, and am absolutely in love with it. I teach creative and academic writing--basically, freshman comp--as well as a Speaking course. My students are kids who are planning on going overseas for college, so I also spend a lot of time working with them on cultural issues and study skills. This year is going to be my last for a while, though--I was recently accepted into the University of Denver for an International Studies M.A., and will be returning to the U.S. to pursue my education further.
I've blatantly stolen teaching styles from professors in the English department--Dr. Lindey's nametags and seating style, Father Wulfstan's exam methods, some advice from Dr. Snyder's writing and grammar course, Ms. Gil-Montero’s way of asking questions during critique, and Dr. McDaniel's use of media in class--I've taken a lot. How I was taught has had a huge impact on how I teach, and I think it's worked out well so far. Too, I feel the department really prepared me for my current profession, in so far as I think I had a really broad knowledge of English by the time I left SVC. In speaking of future goals, even though my field isn't necessarily an "English" one, the department has been so good to me. I can think of no career field where being able to read, write, and speak effectively wouldn't be a boon. Communication is everything, especially now, and the skills I learned at SVC have allowed me to apply for everything from school admission to government grants to visas. The department had an incredible effect on my intellectual pursuits--what I intend to research in the future, and how I intend to do it--and even shaped my leisurely reading habits. I wouldn't be me, basically, without the influence of the fine people in Alfred Hall. (Also, word of advice: if you plan on living abroad, Fr. Wulfstan's History of the English Language and Dr. Snyder's Intermediate Writing will make learning another language so much easier. I mean it--really!)
“My favorite memories at SVC are the little things--conversations with other majors during Senior Thesis meetings. Going up to visit one professor during office hours, and spending several hours up there chatting with various people. Getting lists of book recommendations. Going to conferences, to readings, to ballets, to workshops. Learning how to really write. Certain poems and stories from classmates that I can still recall every line of. Oh, and meeting the dude I married. Probably of note!”