Are you ready to graduate?

“And what do you plan to do after graduation?” – too many people

“Graduation is closer than you think” – Cherry Hall bathroom stall door

What are you going to do with that degree, teach?” – every stranger I mention my major to (and aunt Judy for the 5th time this year)

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Don’t worry. Liberal Arts careers aren’t nearly as scarce as your aunt June makes them out to be.

If you’re looking to graduate soon, or even if you’re not, attend the Potter College Liberal Arts Career Fair, Wednesday, March 22, from 12pm – 3pm in Downing Student Union on the 3rd Floor, if only to help fight the myth that your hard work is going to earn you the spot of top barista.

Hosted by The Center for Career & Professional Development (CCPD), the fair will help you explore possible career paths and talk with employers who have openings for co-op, internship, full-time, part-time, and summer positions.  The job fair will also feature information on some Kentucky graduate school programs.

Here are some tips to help you make the most of it:

Start early in thinking about and preparing for the transition from school to career
Volunteer, co-op, internship, part-time, and summer positions are all available to help your build your skills, build your professional network, and build opportunities for life #AfterWKU.

Research the employers participating and the jobs available
See what employers are coming and what they need. Show up early to ensure you get to speak to employers who may leave early.

Make use of the CCPD’s “Walk-In” service
Every day, you can go in without an appointment to receive a quick resume review, or have your career questions answered. Take a selfie with your career coach to show aunt Judith how prepared you are.

Schedule an appointment with a Rachel Jones, a Professional Development Specialist
The CCPD has Professional Development Specialists available to help you prepare for your future by planning your career path carefully, and by helping you get the additional experience you need to be successful in your field when you graduate.

Rachel Jones is the Career Coach and local aunt Janice defense specialist for Potter College of Arts and Letters!

p.s ask your professor if they will accept extra credit 😉

Good luck out there future graduates, and remember that we here at FirstFloorCherry have your back against all the aunt Lindas out there.

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If you have questions, contact The Center for Career & Professional Development,
270-745-3095, rachel.jones@wku.edu

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It’s Slam time again!

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The WKU Sustainability Committee is accepting submissions for the Earth Day Festival Poetry Slam until March 31st. After the call for submissions ends on March 31, the poetry slam committee will read through the submissions and let everyone know by April 7.

The Earth Day Festival will be April 20, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Poetry slam began in Chicago in 1984 when American poet Marc Smith began experimenting with open microphone performance venues for poetry. This first slam was designed to move poetry recitals from academia to a popular audience.

 

More resources:

Slam Definition

A Brief Guide to Slam Poetry

History of Slam Poetry

 

 

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The Art of Conversation

My idea of hell on earth is a literary party and I have an uneasy feeling that this post carries with it a lot of sherry-drill with important people.”

– Philip Larkin, on refusing the post of Professor of Poetry at Oxford.


Take a moment to remind yourself of why you picked this degree path… got it?

Now let me guess: you love to write!

For many of us, our passion for writing may stem from just being so naturally good at it. But it could additionally be that we write better than we speak. We all know that even class discussion can be intimidating at times, and how, most of the time, we would rather write a view than speak it in a literary circle.

Now, here comes the big however:

Whether you are pursuing that advanced degree so that you may one day gracefully swarm in academic and literary circles (’round your small table in a low lit room, sipping your coffee or tea), or you simply want to be able to talk to your boss/editor/client ’round a glass of water, you should probably brush up on the art of conversation.

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Luckily, Her Ladyship has us covered. Voice of such gems as Her Ladyship’s Guide to Running One’s Home and Her Ladyship’s Guide to the Queen’s English, Her Ladyship knows just what we (british) pre-professionals need, and tidies it up into easy to read guides.

With my yearly Barnes & Noble gift card, I picked up Her Ladyship’s Guide to the Art of Conversation, and now I am happy to pass some of the basics to you. Here are the biggest tips I took from Her Ladyship’s guide:

1. Be confident in your appearance.

Before you ever reach your conversation destination, take a moment to stop by a mirror. Check your hair, teeth, earlobes, whatever, just so that you don’t have to adjust anything during conversation, which makes you appear nervous.

2. Listen like you’re going to use what you’re hearing to save the galaxy.

Do you think Gyn was thinking about what she had for lunch when she was being told about the vulnerability of the Death Star? No.

You should listen intently when someone is speaking instead of thinking about what you’re going to say when the spotlight lands on you. People can tell when you are disinterested, which leads me to the next tip…

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3. Smile like you mean it.

“How many times in a trashy novel have your read of the villain, ‘His smile didn’t reach his eyes’? Make sure yours does” (19).

Don’t hold an uncomfortable smile; relax and listen and you will be able to respond with a natural, warm smile.

4. Ask questions.

Her Ladyship advises that if you want to appear interesting, don’t go on about how interesting you are. Instead, ask questions to prompt the other person. They will leave the conversation, having talked about themselves, thinking that you are quite the interesting cat.

Additionally, if a shy person joins your group, get them into the discussion by asking their opinion on the matter just mentioned. You will look like a conversation pro. Don’t push it though: some people are just natural listeners.

5. Small talk is OK.

The conversation has to start somewhere. Small talk should not be despised but should be viewed as a “means to an end,” the end being a real connection (53). Her Ladyship says, “The point of asking ‘Have you come far?’ is not to find out if the other person has come far, it’s to encourage them to tell you about themselves” (142).

Furthermore, “The best conversationalists, it has been said, are those who are genuinely interested in other people and experience real delight in finding out about their lives” (53).

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This will hopefully get you started at that next conference or small group discussion. Pick up your own conversational guide from Her Ladyship for tips ranging from common topics to how to get out of a boring conversation nicely.

Eventually, we will all have to represent ourselves not only with our writing, but also our in-person communication. Master these skills now to open doors, and screen doors, and doggy doors, and windows, and curtains, and blinds, etc….

Until next time!

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WKU Gender Images Film Series Presents…

The WKUattachment Department of Gender and Women’s Studies presents, Postcards from the Edge, starring Meryl Streep, Shirley MacLaine, and Dennis Quaid.

The film was adapted for the silver screen by the late, great Carrie Fisher who wrote the novel of the same name.  The story focuses on an optimistic drug addict who is forced to live with her mother to avoid unemployment.

Meryl Streep was nominated for the 1991 Academy Award in the category of “Best Actress in a Leading Role” for her work in the film.

This will be presented TOMORROW night (Wednesday, March 1, 2016) at 6:30 pm in Cherry Hall 125. It is a free, swipeable event and is open to the public.

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Film Uses Original Shooting Technique in Cherry Hall

Alright, guys. So there’s this film called “The Reign” that actually filmed a scene in our very own Cherry Hall! I know; that’s pretty awesome.

And our very own professor, Ted Hovet, was the location manager for the film. Not to mention there were a number of English minors on the cast and crew.

To make it even more awesome, it was IndieWire’s Project of the Month in April of last year. Having achieved that honor, it now is up for the vote for IndieWire’s Project of the Year for 2016!

The film itself actually shows off an amazing new way to shoot films. Seriously, it’s legit.

It’s an original technique where they hide GoPro cameras in strategic locations around the shoot. This makes it ideal for actors who don’t want a giant honking camera staring them in the face, pulling them out of character every time they see it in the corner of their eye.

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This way, actors don’t have to pretend they don’t see a camera. They actually don’t see it!

It’s so simple, but (dare I say it?) genius. Yes, I dare.

When asked about the film’s goals, co-director Alberto Marenco said:

“We want people to come out of this understanding the importance of thinking for yourself, of how education should give you tools to better analyze the world around you, and make informed decisions, as opposed to just passing generic tests that assure you fit some prefabricated mold. Even our method of shooting with GoPros hidden in the sets speaks to that.”

Co-director William S. Goldstein said:

“We want to make a film that tackles the issue of education innovation in a new and groundbreaking way. Our hope is that the film will inspire a dialogue about the U.S. education system and how it can be improved for students’ benefit.”

Not only are the methods groundbreaking, but also the film’s focus being the education system— as a college student, I can say it’d be a very engaging subject to delve into.

Share some love for those who helped make this film, and for the film itself, and vote today before 11 p.m. here.

It’s fighting a good fight in the competition and your vote could send it to the winner’s place!

If you want to see a behind-the-scenes video (which includes the scene in Cherry Hall, by the way) or check out some other stuff related to the film go here.

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Jane Austen Fans, Unite!

Announcing the Fifth Annual Jane Austen Summer Program: “200 Years of Persuasion

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June 15-18, 2017

Carrboro and Chapel Hill, North Carolina

This 4-day symposium focuses on one of Austen’s works each summer. The 2017 JASP will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the publication of Austen’s final complete novel, Persuasion. Many consider this to be the most beautiful Austen novel. The Jane Austen Summer Program is designed to appeal to established scholars, high school teachers, graduate students, undergraduate students, and anyone with a passion for all things Austen.

Registration for the 2017 program IS NOW OPEN. Click here to register. 


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Open Submission for KY Undergrads

A message from UK:

“My name is Nathan Petrie and I am the Editor-in-Chief of Shale, an undergraduate arts and writing journal housed at the University of Kentucky. After an award-winning 9 years of publishing visual art, poetry, and prose at our campus, we are opening submissions to all undergraduate students enrolled at universities in Kentucky.”

Submit your best poetry and prose to ShaleUK@gmail.com by February 27th. Any student curious about previous issues can find digitized copies at shalejournal.org.

Mr. Petrie goes on to say, “We may not agree on basketball or football, but we can all agree to celebrate outstanding young artists.”

Good luck First Floor inhabitants!

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Cherry Hall Field Trip #2 – Inspiration Corner

So last semester we took you to explore the poetic genius of second floor Cherry. That was so much fun, we decided to venture on up to the third floor!

I know what you’re thinking, this is First Floor Cherry. But if we are going to call this home, we must get to know the neighbors!

We know, English majors, how much you love your thought-provoking graffiti, and Religious Studies Associate Professor Dr. Paul Fischer shares your interest.

With first papers due, why not take a trip to Dr. Fischer’s Inspiration Corner…

Where the landscape is beautiful:

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And where we were able to take a step back and try to remember the big picture:

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Or simply enjoy some gentle comedy:

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We explored some big questions:

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And got just a little nonsensical, and that’s okay too:

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Inspiration corner is a place where you can maybe bump into a fellow reader, have a conversation, and bring what you learned back home to the First Floor.

At the very least, you’ll have 10 more things to write about than when you went up there!


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We all know you want to relax this summer, but maybe you also want to gain some extra lines on your resume. Just imagine it: three to five more rows of your compelling awesomeness.

March is the time to snag that summer internship, so we are passing along this New York Times article that uncovers the skills you need to know.

To learn more about how to prepare for an internship, go to the English department Internship Program site.


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Love words? Join the club!

So we all love our semester-ly book sale don’t we? 50 cents a book is a dream come true for a broke college student who loves to read. So who are the masterminds who have tapped into our very souls? The English Club of course!

No doubt you have heard of the English Club, but in order to bring you the most current information about how you can get involved, FirstFloorCherry sat down with Vice President, and resident nice person, Venesa Hill.

FFC: What is the English Club?

VH: Above all, English Club is about building a eng_club_meetingscommunity among lovers of literature. Our main focus is to establish a space where anyone is free to speak of what they love about the written word. A second aspect of our club is the experience that it provides to like-minded individuals. We plan events that are heavily literature-based, and that is  something that many people enjoy.

FFC: What are some possible English Club activities to get involved in?eng-club-book-sale-2016

VH: English Club provides networking opportunities simply through being in the club and helping with events. The club is in charge of a book sale that is held once a semester in the Robert Penn Warren room. Help is always welcome from members to run the book sale, and often times people work 30 minute shifts. It is from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. And I mean, if you help with the book sale you get first pick of the books!

Another large event our club is responsible for is the Goldenrod Poetry Festival. Anyone can submit poems, and our officers and club members help narrow down to a top ten. The top ten will get to workshop with the guest poet and they decide the winner!  I currently do not have dates for either of these, but when I do I can definitely get that information out.

FFC: When are your meeting dates?

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VH: As of now our dates are February 2nd, February 20th, March 6th, March 20th, April 3rd, April 17th, and our potluck will most likely be May 3rd. We meet every other Monday at 4:30 p.m. in the student lounge (CH 124 next to the Writing Center).

FFC: Do students need to attend each meeting to participate?

VH: Being at meetings is not mandatory to be in English Club. We recognize that people have things to do when we have meetings. So if someone wants to still be involved with English Club they can feel free to email either myself (venesa.hill582@topper.wku.edu) or our secretary Savannah (savannah.molyneaux384@topper.wku.edu) and one of us can add them to the English Club email list. This means they will be kept in the loop of everything we are doing at the meetings.


There you have it, folks! See you at the next meeting! Follow FirstFloorCherry for more up-to-date info on friends of the English Department.

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