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English society increases writing skills

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The English Academic Society (EAS), meets every Thursday from 2-3 p.m. in the William F. Rigby Hall lounge.

The society is devoted to enhancing students’ academic experiences, preparing them to enter the workforce and giving them fun literary exposure, according to the English Academic Society Web page.

Jeff Slagle, a faculty advisor for the English Academic Society, said the goal of the society is to provide opportunities for students to do things outside the standard curriculum they would not otherwise have.

“The best part is getting to connect with people who have shared interests and shared goals,” said Jenny McBride, president of the English Academic Society and a senior studying English.

McBride said she got involved in EAS through an email announcement sent by the English Department.

Slagle said the society is mostly English majors, but that anyone is welcome to join.

McBride said EAS offers a good opportunity for students to participate in school activities.

Slagle said most of the meetings involve planning upcoming activities, discussing books and discussing each other’s writing.

“It’s the easiest thing in the world to be involved in,” said Seth Luke, a senior studying English.

Luke said he believes being a member of EAS will be beneficial to students when they are searching for a job after college.

“You can get out of it what you put in,” Luke said.

McBride said being a member of EAS is a good thing to put on a résumé.

“A lot of jobs look for people who are not just good students but are involved too,” McBride said.

Luke said being a member of EAS can help students find the many opportunities available to English students.

“Those who take advantage of those outside opportunities can get to know people from other places, can get to know other writers, can connect with other people planning on grad school and can learn what some of the professional expectations from the broader world are,” Slagle said.

Slagle said the English Academic Society is a good way to stay connected to the English Department and to hear about different opportunities available to English students.

“Every English professor I have ever had has encouraged us to be involved in the English Academic Society because it’s one of the easiest ways to set you apart from the crowd,” Luke said.

Slagle said involvement in the society is strictly voluntary and that nobody is forced into participating.

“People can show up at any point during the semester,” Slagle said. “They can be involved at whatever level they want. If people want to come to the meetings every two weeks and listen to what’s going on, that’s fine. If they want to run for office, that’s fine too.”

McBride said being in the English Academic Society has taught her better social skills and networking skills while teaching her more about English and literature through forums and meetings.

“It gives me the confidence I need to present myself well,” McBride said. “It helps me feel more knowledgeable in the field I’m going into.”

The English Academic Society is holding a storyteller competition starting June 10.

McBride said students are invited to submit their short stories for the competition. She said participants will read their story, and their peers will vote on which stories advance to the next round of competition.

“If you want to be a writer, these are your people,” Luke said.

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