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Meet Our Graduating Seniors

Happy Graduation, 2017-2018!

Please see below to learn more about some of our fabulous graduating seniors. Congratulations to you all!


Emily Allen

Emily Allen, Literature Emphasis

Emily Allen, Literature Emphasis

B.A. English, Literature Emphasis (2018)

What were some key opportunities you took advantage of in or through the English Department?

I worked as a consultant in the Writing Center for three years, and presented at a national conference.

What are you proudest of, as you approach graduation?

That I’ve been able to balance school, work, involvement, and being a single mom.

Where do you see yourself going, and how will your degree help you get there?

I hope to eventually earn my RN; I think communication is essential in quality healthcare, and I’m hoping my English degree will help give me the “human touch” when interacting with patients.


Ahmad Alotaibi

B.A. English, Linguistics Emphasis (2018)

What were some key opportunities you took advantage of in or through the English Department?

I was part of the Mary Ellen Ryder Linguistics Lab for a semester, and I worked for Boise State Linguistics Association as well.

What are you proudest of, as you approach graduation?

I am proudest of graduating with the degree that I aspired for regardless of the risks. I am also proud to be the only international student in the Linguistics Department.


Kevon Bjornson

B.A. English, Rhetoric and Composition Emphasis, with a B.A. Minor in Linguistics (2017)

What are you proudest of, as you approach graduation?

Being an English major encourages me to always be on the quest for knowledge. This quest won’t end with graduation, and I am proud that it will carry over to the rest of my life outside the university.

Where do you see yourself going, and how will your degree help you get there?

In the immediate future, I am spending a full year traveling the East coast of Australia. Throughout this journey my degree will help me document the experiences through writing and hopefully get some of those writings published.


Ty Carson-Eisenman, Technical Communication Emphasis

Ty Carson-Eisenman, Technical Communication Emphasis

Ty Carson-Eisenman

B.A. English, Technical Communication Emphasis (2018)

What were some key opportunities you took advantage of in or through the English Department?

I utilized classroom projects to further my communication interests outside of the university. In addition, I worked hard to practice new technical communication skills, at the social media company where I worked for my internship.

What are you proudest of, as you approach graduation?

I started my degree in 1993 and I am excited to finally be completing my goal. Despite growing up in a time when kids like me were not welcome or safe in educational settings, somewhere along the line at Boise State, I finally started believing in me. 25 years of determination and commitment to achieving something is… well… it is something I am very proud of.

Where do you see yourself going, and how will your degree help you get there?

I will be using my technical writing skills to help companies successfully communicate their products to all of their customers. I believe that we, as a human race, can communicate better with each other; from technology, to social media, and to practicing being kinder in how we present our ideas to each other. This is the essence of technical communication. How we talk to each, who we choose to communicate with, and how much we can gather and learn from being good listeners? These are the guiding questions that I will be practicing finding the answers too in all my communications.


Chelsea Chambers

Chelsea Chambers, Rhetoric and Composition Emphasis with a Certificate in Technical Communication

Chelsea Chambers

B.A. English, Writing: Rhetoric and Composition Emphasis, with a B.A. Certificate in Technical Communication (2017)

What were some key opportunities you took advantage of in or through the English Department?

The English Major’s Association, Poetry Readings, Poetry Contests, President’s Writing Award

What are you proudest of, as you approach graduation?

Making the Dean’s List every semester.

Where do you see yourself going, and how will your degree help you get there?

I am currently working as a writer and an editor for Greenbelt and Eagle Magazine. I would like to continue to pursue a career in writing and editing. Some of my long term goals are: book publication (both my own and working for a publishing company), television/movie writing, National Geographic/travel writing. My English degree has helped me hone in on my skills as a writer and allowed me the space to experiment and learn new methods.


Autumn Ellis, Linguistics Emphasis

Autumn Ellis, Linguistics Emphasis

Autumn Ellis

B.A. ENGLISH, LINGUISTICS EMPHASIS (2018)

What were some key opportunities you took advantage of in or through the English Department?

Attending office hours and meeting with my advisors kept me on track and helped me pick classes that were interesting

What are you proudest of, as you approach graduation?

I am finishing my degree in three years and am proud of what I could accomplish in that time. I was able to take a variety of linguistics classes to get to know what each field contains. Through these classes and the support of the linguistic faculty, I was able to confidently present research information at two different conferences. Being able to apply what I’ve learned is one of the most rewarding experiences I will take away from Boise State.

Where do you see yourself going, and how will your degree help you get there?

After graduation I will be interning with a United State Senator in Washington D.C. With my linguistics degree, I feel confident in my ability to analyze, research, and communicate which will help with my internship duties and any job following.


Zachary Entenman

B.A. ENGLISH, WRITING: CREATIVE WRITING EMPHASIS (2017)

What are you proudest of, as you approach graduation?

In terms of personal achievement, I’m proudest of the progress in my writing and critical skills. Outside of that, I’m proudest of my family, who has continued to help and encourage me all my life.

Where do you see yourself going, and how will your degree help you get there?

I intend to be a writer, with a heavy emphasis on novels and short stories, though I wouldn’t be opposed to branching into other forms of media.


Evan Fishburn, Literature Emphasis

Evan Fishburn, Literature Emphasis

Evan Fishburn

B.A. ENGLISH, Literature EMPHASIS (2018)

What were some key opportunities you took advantage of in or through the English Department?

Though I was never interested in becoming a teacher, I always wanted to teach English abroad, interact with diverse people, and live overseas. Earning a TESOL certificate allowed me to learn different strategies for teaching speakers of other languages, and it allowed me the opportunity to volunteer weekly at the English Language Center. Although my involvement was mainly through assisting, rather than teaching, the class, it was extremely rewarding to help newly arrived refugees in Boise learn and practice English. The two instructors I have worked with, Steve and Anna, are enthusiastic, generous with their time, and care deeply about their students, so I am grateful to have learned from them.

What are you proudest of, as you approach graduation?

I am very proud to have received the Daryl & Ann Jones English scholarship, which I used to help fund my study abroad experience in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Once there, I studied art history and museum science with a phenomenal instructor from the Rhode Island School of Design, and my conference presentation at the Hermitage focused on how the house museum reflects certain characteristics of artistic geniuses, including painters, writers, and composers, who lived in or outside Saint Petersburg.

My interest in Russia began through classical piano, which I had studied for 15 years, but it was really solidified and enhanced through a course I took at Boise State with Dr. Virginia Piper, titled, “Nineteenth Century Russian Narrative through Translation.” Although I am not pursuing a Ph.D. at this time, if I were to do so, it would undoubtedly be in Russian literature.

Where do you see yourself going, and how will your degree help you get there?

While at Boise State, I looked for ways I could use my skills outside of analyzing literature, which I love doing but do not see myself doing professionally. The Certificate in Digital Media and Cinema expanded my scope to focus on three things: film, journalism, and editing. The class I took in Film and Literature, for example, helped me understand how written works are changed into visual ones, which is something I hope to do one day as an author and/or screenwriter.

After taking Dr. Seth Ashley’s “Intro to Media” course, I became very aware about how media impact our lives and belief systems, so I wanted to participate in someway. Thus, I applied for a job as a copy editor at The Arbiter, Boise State’s student newspaper, which helped me refine my editor’s eye and taught me how to interview, stay objective, and be concise.

Lastly, though it is technically outside the literature major, I participated in three creative writing workshops. For me, it was the perfect way to demonstrate what I have learned through my classes – like interpreting rhetorical situation, experimenting with narrative structure or voice, or commenting on larger social issues – by combining them in a creative work. In the future, I hope to combine all of these interests into a career as a book or magazine editor, a screenwriter, a travel writer and photographer, and an author.


Nickolas Furman

Nickolas Furman, Technical Communication Emphasis

Nickolas Furman

B.A. ENGLISH, TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION EMPHASIS (2018)

What were some key opportunities you took advantage of in or through the English Department?

I took advantage of the creative writing courses through my elective credits to help enrich my personally enriching education.

What are you proudest of, as you approach graduation?

I was able to take on a project with Karly Hensley in a course with Dr. Carly Finseth where I created an instruction manual that is still being used in the LA 206 lab.

Where do you see yourself going, and how will your degree help you get there?

I see myself working toward becoming an editor or story developer for any number of companies looking to develop character-driven narratives.


Hannah Green

Hannah Green, English Teaching Emphasis

Hannah Green

B.A. ENGLISH, ENGLISH TEACHING EMPHASIS (2017)

What were some key opportunities you took advantage of in or through the English Department?

I took advantage of office hours with professors and meeting with my English advisor, Jill Heney.

What are you proudest of, as you approach graduation?

I am proudest of my ability to work full-time throughout my entire college career and still maintain a 4.0 GPA while at Boise State. This was partly possible due to the availability of online classes. I have never been more challenged than I have in my literature courses, but I have also never learned so deeply before! I had some amazing professors that were experts in their craft and truly advocated for the success of their students – Samantha Harvey, Steven Olsen-Smith, Jim Fredricksen, and Tara Penry (just to name a few).

Where do you see yourself going, and how will your degree help you get there?

I am hoping to get a teaching job as soon as possible, despite the awkwardness of graduating in the middle of the school year. My degree will aid me in finding a job in which I can refine my teaching practice, allowing for growth in content, instruction, assessment, and knowledge of my students. Eventually, I may wish to return to BSU pursue a master’s degree in English teaching.


Cydney Haines

Cydney Haines, Literature Emphasis

Cydney Haines

B.A. ENGLISH, LITERATURE EMPHASIS (2017)

What were some key opportunities you took advantage of in or through the English Department?

I was given an internship in conduction with Treefort, specifically in Storyfort, that helped me understand the professional world as well as to understand my passion within the arts and Boise itself.

What are you proudest of, as you approach graduation?

I am the proudest of myself. I am proud that I chose to pursue my passion of English Literature and see myself truly grow within the wonderful department BSU put forth for English majors.

Where do you see yourself going, and how will your degree help you get there?

I have accepted a teaching position in Shanghai, China where I will be teaching english as a second language.


Shae Himsworth

Shae Himsworth, Linguistics Emphasis

Shae Himsworth

B.A. ENGLISH, LINGUISTICS EMPHASIS (2017)

What were some key opportunities you took advantage of in or through the English Department?

Linguistics Lab internship, LING305 Tutoring.

What are you proudest of, as you approach graduation?

Maintaining a high GPA and improving my writing and Spanish-speaking skills.

Where do you see yourself going, and how will your degree help you get there?

I see myself working in a field where both my Spanish and writing skills can be utilized, such as interpretation and translation. Writing-intensive English major classes and the foreign language requirements for the Linguistics emphasis have helped me to develop these skills and have given me the opportunity to practice them in real-life contexts.


Lianne Josbacher, Creative Writing Emphasis

Lianne Josbacher, Creative Writing Emphasis

Lianne Josbacher

B.A. English, Writing: Creative Writing Emphasis (2018)

What were some key opportunities you took advantage of in or through the English Department?

Faculty, helping out for Bronco Day, Peer advisor, my academic advisors, and becoming part of EMA.

What are you proudest of, as you approach graduation?

My presidency in EMA.

Where do you see yourself going, and how will your degree help you get there?

I see myself attending graduate school to pursue a masters in elementary education/education in Fall 2019. My degree helps me demonstrate my ability to communicate with others, be personable, and also see how my writing is unique.


Jimmi King

Jimmi King, English Teaching Emphasis

Jimmi King

B.A. ENGLISH, ENGLISH TEACHING EMPHASIS (2017)

What are you proudest of, as you approach graduation?

Being on the honor roll every semester.

Where do you see yourself going, and how will your degree help you get there?

Becoming a TEACHER :)


Tiera Meadows, Technical Communication Emphasis

Tiera Meadows, Technical Communication Emphasis

Tiera Meadows

B.A. ENGLISH, TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION EMPHASIS (2018)

What were some key opportunities you took advantage of in or through the English Department?

We often get notified of jobs and internships available, and that’s how I got my internship with the US Army Corps of Engineers. I have really enjoyed my time there and it would not have been possible without being notified of the opportunity. I was also able to use my professors as references, which was incredibly helpful.

What are you proudest of, as you approach graduation?

I’m proud that I made it! I will be the first in my family to graduate college, so I have always wanted to set a good example for my younger siblings. I’m also proud that I was enrolled in 21 credits this semester while balancing work and my personal life–and I survived.

Where do you see yourself going, and how will your degree help you get there?

I’m currently working for the US Army Corps of Engineers, and I could definitely see myself staying there for a while. Since I love writing, editing, technology, and social media there are many things I could picture myself doing. I’m interested in careers in Social Media Management as well as Web Design. My goal is just to be successful and happy, and my degree puts me one step closer.


Megan Pearson

Megan Pearson, Creative Writing Emphasis

Megan Pearson

B.A. ENGLISH, WRITING: CREATIVE WRITING EMPHASIS (2017)

What were some key opportunities you took advantage of in or through the English Department?

The vast writing community in Boise.

What are you proudest of, as you approach graduation?

My evolution as a writer and reader.

Where do you see yourself going, and how will your degree help you get there?

Traveling the world and keeping a travel blog.


Casey Prado

Casey Prado

Casey Prado, Rhetoric and Composition Emphasis

B.A. ENGLISH, WRITING: Rhetoric and Composition EMPHASIS; B.A. Visual Art (2018)

What were some key opportunities you took advantage of in or through the English Department?

I definitely took advantage of all the wonderful faculty availible to form relationships with along the course of my degree and was able to work directly with ENG 102 and ENG 197 classes as a Learning Assistant.

What are you proudest of, as you approach graduation?

I’m proud of being able to complete my English degree alongside my Visual Arts degree at Boise State in four years! The program’s flexibility and outstanding support from faculty have allowed me to keep both my passions.

Where do you see yourself going, and how will your degree help you get there?

I would love to write for video games! My degree has allowed me to explore all genres of writing, from technical to creative, and I know these skills will help me be successful in the field.


Samantha Jo Schwasinger

B.A. ENGLISH, WRITING: CREATIVE WRITING EMPHASIS (2017)

What were some key opportunities you took advantage of in or through the English Department?

The staff of the English Department was very supportive and willing to help me out with personal advising and conferences. They were always flexible with me and I enjoyed their passion as I met with them and took their classes.

What are you proudest of, as you approach graduation?

I am proud to be the first member of my family to graduate from college!

Where do you see yourself going, and how will your degree help you get there?

I hope to one day become a published novelist. The time I spent earning my degree was time spent honing my craft as a writer, and this will help my writing to stand out.


Charlie Sutton

B.A. ENGLISH, WRITING: CREATIVE WRITING EMPHASIS (2017)

What were some key opportunities you took advantage of in or through the English Department?

I took advantage of the ability to glean advice from amazing and talented teachers!

What are you proudest of, as you approach graduation?

Getting through school with 3 kids at 40!

Where do you see yourself going, and how will your degree help you get there?

I’ll be getting an online teaching certification through ABCTE and teaching 7th grade English. Eventually I’d like to pursue a grad program in education as well.


Hannah Welburn, Technical Communication Emphasis

Hannah Welburn, Technical Communication Emphasis

Hannah Welburn

B.A. ENGLISH, TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION EMPHASIS (2018)

What were some key opportunities you took advantage of in or through the English Department?

Service learning courses introduced me to the world of nonprofits. The projects I completed for them were rewarding and challenging.

What are you proudest of, as you approach graduation?

Graduating a year early with Honors.

Where do you see yourself going, and how will your degree help you get there?

I see myself working in social media and website design. Technical communication has taught me the skills I need and tools that will help me be successful.


Kristie Winslow, Technical Communication Emphasis

Kristie Winslow, Technical Communication Emphasis

Kristie Winslow

B.A. ENGLISH, TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION EMPHASIS (2018)

What are you proudest of, as you approach graduation?

I am proud of being selected for multiple scholarships, and that I was chosen to represent the English department at the 2017 Deans’ Brunch. I am also proud of being the fifth person to complete the new Design Ethnography program offered here at Boise State. However, what makes me the proudest is knowing that my two young daughters, Chloe & Cecilia, have seen how hard I have worked to maintain my 4.0 GPA while at Boise State despite also having to juggle multiple jobs and being a single mother. I cannot wait for them to see me graduate.

Where do you see yourself going, and how will your degree help you get there?

After graduating in May I plan to take a year off from academia to focus on being a mother, working, volunteering and dedicating myself to becoming the Treasure Valley’s preeminent emoji translator. I plan to attend law school in the fall of 2019. I believe my degree will be of great assistance in the legal field because language is the most important tool of a lawyer, and lawyers must learn to express themselves clearly and concisely.


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