Outstanding Graduates English
Kathryn Patrick '18 will do graduate work in modern and contemporary literature and culture at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Westmont’s England Semester inspired her to consider questions of contextual and intercultural significance by connecting the works of literature she studied to the places in which they were written. “Shopping the used book market under Waterloo Bridge in London, strolling through Wordsworth’s section of the Lake District, and watching shows at Edinburgh’s famous Fringe Festival, led me to develop a love for British scenery and culture,” she says. Eventually, her goal is to found a magazine designed to empower young women to participate in intercultural travel. “This travel provides young women with invaluable opportunities to launch their personal growth, leading to increased independence and self-confidence,” she says. Observing another country’s culture and meeting people who might be different can teach compassion and a willing to understand others and be receptive to new ideas. The ability to see the world from someone else’s perspective leads to greater empathy and self-awareness, qualities that will continue to empower young women throughout their personal and professional lives.”
Kelly Collins '17 has brought a wide-awake mind and an unfailingly eager presence to all of her many courses in the English Department. This year she has ably served as editor of The Phoenix while also completing a major honors project on the parables of Jesus, not only researching the parables themselves but also creating her own short stories based on some of the parables. In addition, this year Kelly has been president of the Philosophy Club and a captain of the track and cross-country teams. She runs, she thinks, she reads, she writes! She is also a joy to be with.
Kathryn Schuyler '16 reads discerningly, offers strikingly original arguments, and writes lucidly. Seizing upon the vivid detail to support her incisive analysis, her exemplary writing manages to remain deftly concise while dealing comprehensively with an issue. For class assignments she crafts essays and reviews of publishable quality. Kathryn has also distinguished herself as a writer of crisp, interesting poetry that she has presented in the Westmont Reading Series and the Santa Barbara Poetry Series with composure and verve. Her upbeat, generous spirit contributes positively to the life of any group of which she is a part. And she’s already well on her way to being a life-long learner. Kathryn may have completed all graduation requirements in December, but she’s been auditing classwork this semester because of her insatiable intellectual curiosity.
Nicole Blois '15 is an intellectual and creative force. She can untangle an arcane literary passage, recall the relevant contextual detail that casts new light on a familiar text, articulate the question that topples received wisdom, and craft a sentence that stops even an experienced reader in her tracks. Whether Nicole is quietly working on a novel while keeping up this impressive academic pace or embellishing an in-class essay with graphics full of literary allusions, her imagination and humor bring real punch to her mental accomplishments. Her mental deftness finds its match in her graciousness and subtle, self-deferential wit. She may embody an otherwise undiscovered literary super power. Whatever the source of her gifts, they have blessed the English Department faculty, who send her to new adventures with gratitude and congratulations.