Sarah McKeever is a senior English major from Walstonburg, N.C. She also lived in Virginia Beach for almost ten years before moving back to Eastern North Carolina to be near family. Her favorite Shakespearean play is “Hamlet,” and “Air and Angels” is her favorite Donne poem.
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What brought you to ECU?
I was a transfer student when I first came to ECU. I was drawn to the idea of being a student here because my grandmother, grandfather and aunt all received teaching degrees from ECU. I feel like I am somewhat following in their footsteps, which is inspiring to me.
What is your area of study and how did you first become interested in it?
My area of study is English with a concentration in British Renaissance Literature. I am especially interested in Donne, Shakespeare and Milton. I have always loved to read and write. I’ve never really imagined studying anything else.
What are your goals after graduation?
After graduation I hope to continue what I am currently doing, working on the Donne Variorum and towards becoming a Donne Scholar. I hope to attend graduate school here at East Carolina University. I also hope to publish a creative non-fiction novel that I have been working on for the past year.
What has been most exciting/rewarding about your time in the English department?
It’s hard to pick one favorite moment in my English career as a student at ECU. There have been so many wonderful events that I’ve been lucky enough to be involved in. I think really the day to day moments are what make life here a bit magical. I’ve had Professors so brilliant (such as Dr. Corinee Guy and Dr. Marianne Montgomery) that I had epiphanies about literature (and life) while sitting in their classrooms. I think also when I told Dr. Johnson my alchemical theory about “Air and Angels” (the Donne poem that I’ve been obsessed with for the past two years) was one of my happiest moments. I’ve also enjoyed working with Dr. Tracy McLawhorn so very much! She is incredibly inspiring every single day!
What recognitions/achievements in your ECU career are you most proud of and why?
Well, I’ve been inducted into Phi Kappa Phi and Sigma Tau Delta. I also am an officer on the Dean’s Student Leadership Council, which has been a great experience. I supposed I am most proud of the fact that I was invited to tag along with Dr. Johnson and Dr. McLawhorn to the annual John Donne Society Conference this year. I had so much fun, learned a lot and more than anything, left with a renewed zeal to resume work on my interpretive analysis of “Air and Angels.”
What would you say to someone considering coming to ECU to study English?
To any student considering studying English at ECU, I would say simply: “Get ready for your life to change in amazing ways!” It really has been a life-altering experience for me for which I could attach no price. The professors here honestly love and care about the subjects that they teach. The class sizes are ideal, and the teachers all try to learn who there students are. I have felt like ECU is my second home these past three years.