Quality Education in the Benedictine Tradition
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.
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
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.
blatantly stolen teaching styles from professors in the English
department--Dr. Lindey's nametags and seating style, Father Wulfstan's
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!)
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!”