In my family, Cougar blood runs thick. We are die hard Washington State fans (and always will be!) My entire life, my plan for college had been to follow in my father’s footsteps and go to WSU. Making the choice seemed like a no brainer for me. It was what I had always planned. Throughout my life, I was active in sports, especially swimming. I started swimming at five and continued through my first year of college. My high school swim coach was a PLU alum. For three years, he told me “Hannah, you’ll go to PLU.” “Hannah, you’d love PLU”, “PLU would be a great fit for you.” I was always defiant, saying, “no, I’m going to go to WSU.” My senior year of high school, I swam at the state swim meet in Federal Way, and the PLU swim team had a swim meet the same weekend. My coach decided it would be fun to go watch them swim. Little did I know he was setting me up to fall in love with PLU.
It was early November, cold outside and the ground was covered in leaves. I don’t think I have ever seen campus look as beautiful as I did that day! From the moment I got out of the car, I knew I loved PLU. I came back for the Backyard BBQ in January with my parents, and they fell in love with PLU as well. One of my biggest fears in going to college was getting lost in the crowd. I didn’t want to be one of 500 like I could have been at other schools. The class sizes at PLU are smaller than in my high school. PLU was also close to home for me, only an hour and a half away, so I could go home to see my family as often as I wanted. PLU ended up being the only school I applied to. Applying to one school usually isn’t a good idea, but for me, I knew that PLU was the only place I wanted to be.
Why I chose to be an English Major and a Religion Minor
My whole life I knew that whatever I did with a career, I wanted to be helping people. I started my first year at PLU as a nursing major. It wasn’t until I was half way through a very difficult anatomy course that I realized nursing was not the best career path for me. I had always thought about teaching because I loved reading and writing, and had always been a good student. All first year students are required to take a Writing 101 class. I ended up in a class that was challenging, and to be honest, I didn’t like at all. I struggled with the topic matter and constantly the opposite point of view of most of my classmates. But that is what made me love the English department. I was able to express my views in a way I was comfortable. I was able to write everything out and share my opinion.
After that class, I decided that maybe English was the way I wanted to go with my degree. I took a poetry and fiction writing class in the spring semester of my first year, and from then on, it has been all English, all the time (well, not all the time, I have to take GenEd’s too!) I also found a great interest in Religion classes. The passion of the professors is really what brought me in. These professors and knowledgeable and love what they are teaching. Every time I take a religion class, I find myself wanting to know more than just what we are talking about in class. I think that if I hadn’t waited until the end of my sophomore year to begin in the religion department, I would be double majoring in English and Religion. Now I am in my junior year. I’ll be taking my senior capstone this spring, a semester early, and then looking into grad schools for a Masters in Education. I’m not sure if I will take time off between my undergrad and grad school. English offers opportunities in so many different career fields that I am having a hard time narrowing down my options!