Local Elmwood Middle School eighth grade honor student Ashley Anteau recently joined Dr. Lee Nickoson, Associate Professor and Rhetoric & Writing faculty, to experience life as an English professor for a day. Ashley visited BGSU as part of Elmwood’s Job Shadow Day, an annual event in which students seek out hands-on learning experiences at a professional setting of their choice. Ashley, an avid reader and prolific creative writer, is interested in pursuing a career as an English professor. Before spending the day on campus, Ashley researched what it means to be an English major. She also studied the English Department’s web site to learn more about what it means to teach English at BGSU.
For her day on campus, Ashley joined Dr. Lee Nickoson and kept busy by attending a doctoral dissertation workshop, touring the library and campus, and enjoying lunch in the union. The highlight of the day, at least for Dr. Nickoson, was Ashley’s visit to Dr. Nickoson’s English 4840: Foundations of Writing class, where Ashley shared her experiences with writing. Ashley shared her thoughts on effective writing pedagogy with the class, reminding the group that teachers of writing must respect their students and treat them as capable learners if they want those same students to engage and take risks. Good advice for any future literacy educator to remember.
Ashley Anteau (third row, third person from the left) with her English 4840 colleagues for a day.
We look forward to Ashley enrolling at BGSU and majoring in English one day soon!